A question for Ivy Grimes

Q: What other writers inspire you?

A: I’m probably most inspired by writers who cling really stubbornly to their own vision and let themselves be weird and free…like Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, Leonora Carrington, Ralph Ellison, and so on. I also love the creepy, moving fairy tales of Helen Oyeyemi and the tragic mysteries of Tana French and the mundane humor of Barbara Pym. For “Ennui Tea”, I might have been inspired by a favorite tale of retail life, Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, which is about a woman who loves her work at a convenience store and rejects a traditional career or family; whoever you are, you’ll love it. I’m inspired by too many writers to list, though.


Ivy Grimes’s story “Ennui Tea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 October 2021.
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About Ivy Grimes

Ivy Grimes is originally from Alabama and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and beagle. She is a friendly neurotic person who writes speculative fiction and is looking for more writer friends. She feels nostalgic about her Birmingham writing group that sometimes met at an Applebees where attendees ordered the $1 house beer.

www.ivyivyivyivy.com, @IvyGri


Ivy Grimes’s story “Ennui Tea
in Metaphorosis Friday, 1 October 2021.
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