Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have always had the self-image of being a writer even if I have let years pass by not writing a single word on my own stories. Byt since two years I write almost every day and have self-publiched two books. My mother tongue is Swedish so I cooperate with my friend Aidan Isherwood who does the translations.
Once I start to write a book the story just grows by itself. I am like a passenger on an adventure with no possibility to get off. I walk trought all the fear, happiness, surprises, dissapointment and both good and disastrous times side by side with the characters.
Tell us about your books.
One of my books, “Playing with fire”, is translated into German and Spanish and soon into English as well. The other book “Three Days in September” is translated into English.
This is the story of Three Days in September:
A contemporary adult drama. The desires, dreams and fears of six lives collide when a stranger comes to town. Can they face their fears and chase their dreams or will they fall victim to desire? With the best intentions in the world, streetwise charmer Gabriel plans to lock himself away from temptations and get down to some serious art work in the house by the sea. But when fate sends him to a primitive cottage in the northern woods, he determines to make the most of this far less inspiring backwater. However, remote Ludvika turns out to offer anything but peace and solitude. Gabriel soon becomes embroiled in a chain of events affecting the lives of almost everyone he encounters. Unlikely friendships, loyalty, love and hope intertwine with sex, violence and tragedy over three days in September that leave no one untouched.
How did you go about getting published?
I self-publiched through bod.se (Book on Demand). One of the books “Playing with fire” is transladed to German and Spanish with the help of Babelcube.com
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I get up and write for about an hour every morning at 5:30. Then I write again for a few hours in the evening. And then all Saturday or Sunday. I have my own space that is just for my writing. I think that is really important. Because as time pass by you fill that special space with the creative energy.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I work full time in a Culture administration. I prefer to write when I´m not at work but I do go to the gym 3 times a week as well. I also spend some time planting and taking care of flowers and herbs on my balcony. Although living in Sweden makes that period pretty short.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
My opinion is that the closer you stay to your own artistical idea, the stronger and more interensting it gets. But it is of course important that the cover say something about the book. But as well as it can be a photo-like cover that is an imagine of a certain part of the story it can as well be more suggestive and emotional refereing to the feeling you get Reading the book.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
To have special offer for a day or two where readers can get the book for free.
What’s your favorite book?
I love so many books, but to get one example: The art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
What are you reading now?
The Blach House, by Peter May
What’s your next book project?
My next book “Till Death do us apart” is the second book, in a serie, about the private investigator Gunvor Ström. She has worked as a surgeon for the most of her life when age (she is in her mid sixties) and shaking hands set an abrupt stop to that career. Refusing to be a pensioner she get herself a jobb as a private investigator and together with two new friends; a young man who always have had the self-image of a looser from the suburb, and a young girl who has been opressed most of her life, they get into dangerous adventures, solving crimes.