It came from Alexandra Grunberg

Alexandra Grunberg’s story “Emeralds or Amethysts” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 29 December 2017. I was reading The Great Encyclopedia of Faeries by Pierre Dubois, and came across a section on Lucia, and her various incarnations as the “Sleeping Beauty.” Though the faeries/princesses of these myths tended to wake up to charmed lives, I was disturbed by the thought of the less-than-noble princes who took advantage of these sleeping beauties, and wondered if some …

Emeralds or Amethysts – Alexandra Grunberg

If Lucy could cry, she would, but she is frozen in stillness by her unnatural sleep. She can feel the soft embrace of silk sheets, she can taste the salty dryness of her tongue, and she can hear the sounds of another man who has come to try to save her, but she cannot cry any more than she can speak, or eat, or wake. Lucy has been sleeping for so long, she does not …

A question for Alexandra Grunberg

Q: Do you generally start with mood, title, character, concept, …?

A: I start my writing process with concept; a myth that fascinates me, a song or phrase that gets stuck in my head, or the discovery of a new mythological monster. However, once I introduce the characters, they take control of the concept. Sometimes they let me write the story I set out to write, and sometimes they take the story to unexpected conclusions. I usually don’t know what lesson I’m going to learn, if the story will be funny or scary, or whether the ending will be happy or sad, until my characters make those decisions for themselves. For example, I started “Emeralds or Amethysts” sure that my princess would not open her eyes, but Lucy ended up being much braver than me.


Alexandra Grunberg’s story “Emeralds or Amethysts” was published on Friday, 29 December 2017.
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About Alexandra Grunberg

Alexandra Grunberg is an author, actress, and screenwriter. In the fall of 2017, she will be pursuing her Masters Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She enjoys reading Stephen King novels by day and binge watching Netflix by night.

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Alexandra Grunberg’s story “Emeralds or Amethysts” was published on Friday, 29 December 2017.
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