This is probably where I should plaster my writing credentials. Problem is - I don't have any. Or few, at least. I'm an amateur writer, who sometimes take on clients for editing assignments. Other than that, I work as an economist and safety officer at a large international company that deals with catalyst changeouts in reactors. It's a tough, "masculine" world, and as far from the soft world of creativity as you can come.
I live on the beautiful west coast of Sweden, and my first language is (that's correct!) Swedish. My other passions in life includes coffee (I löve coffee), running, gardening and taking care of the summerhouse I acquired with my husband last year.
Here are some quick Q & A about me, related to writing (of course):
Why do you write in English?
This is a question most Swedish writers (and friends who wants to read my books in Swedish) ask. The question is simply that I love writing in English. There is a versatility in the language that Swedish doesn't have. And, not to mention, you have the possibility to reach out to a bigger audience. The drawback, of course, is that the competition is even more murderous on the English-speaking market, but I'm willing to take that.
Who are your favourite authors?
I have a lot of those! Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Diana Gabaldon (of course!!!), Dawn French, Elizabeth George and Stephen King stands out as the most prominent. Of these, I've met one: Diana Gabaldon, during a Scottish clan gathering venue in Canada. I even interviewed her, in front of a small audience. We taped the interview to print later, but as it turned out, the war drums and pipes of the surrounding clans made it virtually impossible to hear a single word. So... the interview only lives in our memories. It was fun, though.
Why aren't you traditionally published?
Well, it's actually not that easy to answer that. I would lie if I didn't say I'd love to be published traditionally. I had a good chance with Legacy, with an agent that was with me "to the bitter end", until she got cold feet and pulled out. By this time, I'd already felt the vibes and started organising for going indie - and as it turned out, this has been a wonderful experience. I love the control, that I can choose my own covers, my own deadlines, my own pace... The drawback is the marketing bit and the fact that everything actually costs money - which may or may not be returned. I'm writing because it's my passion, however, and my main goal is to get people to read my books and maybe, maybe feel like they've had a magical time.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just write. I think it's a dangerous route to stare yourself blind on the "hard" goals of writing: success in terms of income and fame. That's not what writing is about. Writing is pouring out your soul on paper (or into the computer) and sharing it with others.
If you have any questions that you'd like me to answer, do please contact me via my contact page. I will post the questions with my answers on my homepage!