Interview with Sigurjón Kristjánsson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Reykjavík, Iceland, in an area called Skerjafjörður, which means, reef fjord, and is south of the airport. This was a secluded area, and in those days, most aircraft had propellers, so you would hear them come in, and you would allow your imagination to run wild.

We were influenced by American TV, as Iceland had no TV, till the middle 60's, around the time Surtsey erupted out of the sea, and we had only two radio stations: The Icelandic one, and AFRTS from The NATO Base, so books and home made entertainment was the in thing. - I used to put on plays in my back garden for the kids in the neighbourhood, so I think that because our imagination, wasn't stifled by information overflow, X-boxes and the like, our imagination kept us going.

I think this is why I'm very nostalgic, and when I mention what I call 'GOOD MOVIES', the first question I get, is:"Is it in Black and White, or is it actually in Colour?"
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was a kid, children's books, weren't easily available in Iceland, and were darn expensive, owing to how small the country is (then around 280 000 inhabitants, and now around 300 000 inhabitants), so my mum literally wrote books for my brother and myself.

Unfortunately, none of the manuscripts survive. She did, translate information, when she was a host nation teacher at A.T. Mahan, Elementary School, at the Keflavík NATO BASE, which was then plagiarized by her successor, and he has been profiting from her work. - That particular book, was on the Yule Lads, or Santa's helpers; I guess he ended up on Santa's naughty list for that one. (He says laughing out loud).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
More than words can say. I had heard a lot about e-books, but wasn't sure if it was worth the time and effort. Then I saw, that one could publish books here for free, and could even give them away, so I thought I'd give it a go, and did a short fact based fiction called SO38E, just to learn how to style books, and get acquainted with the system, as well as getting myself known as an author.

It had a few downloads, and died off, as you would expect with any book. But then, about a month ago, it picked up again, for some reason, and has had just as many downloads as it did in the beginning.

I've just completed a true story, called 'Truth Will Prevail, or SS (Social Services) gone potty over a potty?, which is about a family who went through hell, just because the authorities cocked up big style. It had more downloads in the first 90 minutes, than SO38E, had a day.

I guess your guidelines helped, eh? (He says with a grin).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well, I guess it gives me an opportunity to do good, by helping the underdog's to fight injustice, like with 'Truth Will Prevail', as well as honouring my mum's and my brother's memories (both authors, my brother being a published author),

I also get a kick out of it. When I was a kid, toys were expensive, so I would use my imagination, as well as when playing games.
People said I had a very vivid imagination, drawing numbers on cardboard boxes, and saying it was a touch pad keyboard, or using my dad's briefcase as a portable computer, or a clip board as a portable computer, and using a match box as a portable phone with a pin as an antenna (this I later modified to being a built in antenna, saying there was a wire inside it, working as an antenna).

I hadn't the foggiest about electronics, besides, I was only 5 at the time. But later in life, I learned, that you can have an FM-loop as an antenna, and we do have today, touch key pads on tills, as well as laptops and iPads, so I feel I can now crawl back into my imagination, go wild, and NOT be made fun of. - I believe you call it creative writing (He says and smirks).
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. Without them, I wouldn't have a reason to exist. It's a symbiotic relationship if you will. We need each other.
Who are your favorite authors?
They each have their own genre. but just to mention a couple, there are Kathy Reichs, Rob Parnell and Dan Brown.
What are you working on next?
The Double Psychomanteum, It's a paranormal suspense. But I'm going to attempt, to tell my readers in my books, what to expect next.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I've got two kids, aged 4 and 5 who get up before the cockerels, when you can sleep in, else if it's a school day, then I have to get them up, with a gentle boot up the backside from my wife (ha ha ha).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do translations, interpretations as well as proof reading and localizing websites and computer games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
That's easy, www.smashwords.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, When I was only a kid, I once started on an illustrated sci-fi story, and that is why my most recent publication, 'When Two Worlds Collide', is a sci-fi. I had started on a paranormal fantasy, back in the late 80's, owing to my brother's encouragement, but stopped when he passed away, and haven't touched it since. However, I would like to have a go at translating my late brother's work, and give it away on smashwords, for the sake of posterity, as well as having a go, at using my mum's work as an inspiration, for children's stories.
What is your writing process?
Get an idea, make notes, and start writing. Then go somewhere to get inspiration for scenes, characters etc. Either sit on a bus, and listen to people's conversations (for an inspiration of a dialogue), or just go to a café, grab a hot chocolate, and do some people watching, to get ideas for characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure about that one either. I do however, remember my dad, mentioning, that I used to drive him scatty, by asking him to read a book called The Little Red Steamroller. I don't recall it., what I do recall, is my mum and dad, both having a thespian streak, and bringing the stories to life. My brother and I also did a bit of amateur dramatics, and I try and think of that when writing. In other words, BRING IT TO LIFE.
How do you approach cover design?
My background in Commerce and Trade, taught me a lot about marketing. It's a bit like cooking. PRESENTATION, is 90% of the game, and irrespective of what anybody says, people do judge a book by its cover. Hence both THE TITLE and COVER, have to convey the content, and you have to grab the reader by the first 1.5- 3 pages, or you've lost them, and this is where writing skills come in, as people will sample the 1st 20%, and make a snap decision, even if the book costs, $0.99.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost anything I can get my hands on, except romances. I prefer to spend time with my wife, than read about it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop, I'm too old fashioned.
Published 2015-06-20.
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The Seventh Vial
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
World War 3 breaks out in the form of terrorism, but no one claims responsibility for the attacks. Against whom do you retaliate? The Book of Revelations, and other Predictions speak of this. This is one interpretation. All will be revealed, when the 7th angel pours out The Seventh Vial.
When Two Worlds Collide
Price: Free! Words: 24,830. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A science fiction story about the planet Phaeton, that (possibly) used to exist in the area, now occupied by the asteroid belt, and what could have brought about its demise, as well as fictional belief system and ceremonies to complement the storyline. Controversial questions and speculations directed to the reader in the Afterword for the readers contemplation.
The £400 Rip Off
Price: Free! Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Nonviolent
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Truth Will Prevail or SS (Social Services) Gone Potty Over A Potty
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A story of how local authorities and the medical profession alike,aided and abetted by solicitors and barristers, abuse the present legislation, to save face, when their ineptitude is threatened to be exposed, with no regard for truth and evidence. Since its inception, a lawyer who cares about the underdog gave LEGAL ADVICE. NOW in the addendum. Guilty until proven otherwise.
So38e
Price: Free! Words: 16,790. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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