Author Page: Grá Linnaea

Gra LinnaeaGrá Linnaea lives in an intentional community in the Northwest United States. He recently traveled three continents and twelve countries. His writing has won various awards including Writer’s of the Future. In the past he’s been a recording engineer, a counselor, and a heavy metal guitarist. He works as a graphic designer and composes music in his ever dwindling spare time. His web site is

Grá’s story 20th Anniversary Caveman appears in the Spring 2008 issue of Shimmer.

Interview with Grá Linnaea:


Where did the idea come from?
For writing prompts, I’ve created lists of nouns and adjectives. I roll dice to randomly chose a few words to work with. On this occasion the dice chose “Amorous Caveman.”

How is this story like your other work? How is it different?
Quite a bit of my writing is darker than this story, possibly even downright gloomy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty happy guy but that’s what my id spits out. Perhaps this silly little piece is an indication of my subconscious rebelling against all the angst. First and foremost, I love to invoke the surreal or absurd.


What writing projects are you presently working on?
I am currently creating a steam-punk shared world project. I’ve lined up a number of authors to contribute and I hope to pitch it to a publisher as an anthology. I’m also working on my second novel and many many many short stories.

Favorite book you’ve read recently?
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

What fictional character would you love to drink tea with?
Skylight Howells in The Man of Maybe Half-A-Dozen Faces by Ray Vukcevich

How long had you been submitting before you made your first sale?
This is my first sale!

I received Shimmer’s answer exactly four months to the day after i started submitting stories to markets.

How did you celebrate your first sale?
My wife took me to dinner and spent about four times as much as this story made. Ah well.


What is your darkest secret?
I’m a big hippie, i don’t believe in bad people and when no one is looking, i make pop songs about my cat.

Favorite food?
Thai Tom Kha soup!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ursula Le Guin, César Chávez or a ninja.

If you have a day job, what is it? What do you like about it?
I’m a composer and I teach a course that helps people to live their lives more joyfully. I can’t think of anything i would rather do than make music and help people be happy.

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