It’s mid-6th century Denmark, and a 15-year-old girl–the only girl in a large family of boys–dreams of freedom and marrying her secret first love, a young farmer.
She fights her father’s decision that she must wed an older widower who has young children.
Then, a horrific event changes her life forever.
Pregnant and discarded, having brought shame to her family and community, she is sacrificed to the dragon. But the dragon saves her.
Grendel’s Mother is a medieval that tale takes a woman from the pages of Beowulf and gives her voice, showing not only the realities of social injustice but also how one young woman’s love of nature enables her to survive alone in the wild, where she gives birth and raises her child—deemed a monster—entirely on her own. That child is Grendel, and she is Grendel’s mother.
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About the Author:
Diana Stout, MFA, PhD is a screenwriter, author, former English professor, who loves to teach others about writing. Her students have said, “She smiles when she talks about writing.” An award-winning writer in multiple genres, she has published books, magazine articles, short stories, poetry, served both as a newspaper and magazine columnist, had two short plays produced in New York, and has optioned a screenplay. She serves as a reviewer, a contest judge, and is a writing coach. Additionally, she writes four blogs, all linked on her company page: Sharpened Pencils Productions. Her most ambitious project to date and the one she is most proud and recently published: Grendel’s Mother. Today, she celebrates that return to her creative-writing roots working on novels, novellas, and screenplays. Favorite non-writing activities include movies, reading, and jigsaw puzzles.