A question for A.J. Cunder

Q: If your writing style were a bird, what type of bird would it be and why?

A: My first instinct when I saw this was to say “raven” because of how prominently they’re featured in “Treedom”. However, I posed this question to the writers group I frequently attend and one member, after careful consideration, suggested that my writing style most appropriately compares to a swan. She explained that swans are both elegant and fierce, mysterious and passionate, light and dark. I think that’s a nearly perfect summation of my writing style—at the sentence level, I aim for graceful language with the power to evoke deep emotion; in terms of plot, I often find myself discovering the mysteries of a story as I write it (I seldom plan out anything in advance); and I would certainly agree that my stories tend to balance light and dark aspects, striving for a hopeful note but at the same time acknowledging the grim realities that so often face humanity.


A.J. Cunder’s story “Treedom
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 November 2021.
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About A.J. Cunder

A medievalist, a type 1 diabetic, and a cyber crime investigator, A.J. graduated from Seton Hall University with a Masters in Creative Writing after getting his Bachelors in English and Philosophy. Hobbies that occupy his spare time include sword fighting, playing the piano, learning the viola, running, hiking, spoiling his husky, and, of course, writing. He currently serves on the editorial staff of Flash Fiction Online, Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, and Metaphorosis.

www.WrestlingTheDragon.com, @aj_cunder


A.J. Cunder’s story “Treedom
in Metaphorosis Friday, 5 November 2021.
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