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“Grandmother Firebird” in Old Legends and New Fables

My story “Grandmother Firebird” was originally written for an online contest. It’s been long enough ago that I don’t recall what the prompt for the story was, or how I got from point A to point B in terms of writing this story. But I definitely loved this story from the beginning, as it’s one of my stories about families who don’t always get along, but ultimately love each other, in spite of their disagreements. In this case, it’s a multi-generational family–daughter, mother, and grandmother–but it’s very much in keeping with my stories about siblings along similar themes.

I chose to use firebird rather than phoenix in this story, which has caused some confusion. Firebird just seemed like the word that worked better in the story. It’s also tied more closely to Eastern European and Slavic mythology, and I always like to explore the lesser known bits of the world of legends and fables.

“Grandmother Firebird” is available inĀ Old Legends and New Fables, along with many other stories about myths, legends, and fables.

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