Interview with Liv Johannesson

What do you read for pleasure?
I read pretty much anything but I prefer fictional life-stories. As TV and film goes, I think most of what I read would slot in under drama. One of the greatest things about reading is the possibility of experiencing someone else's life, perhaps in a place that I have never visited.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 15-16 years old. At the time it was mostly poetry, teenage angst. It was an outlet for the often confusing experiences you have at that age.
Eventually I started writing short-stories and now I write pretty much anything. It depends on the story I want to tell.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a brief encounter with a man in a gallery shortly after I moved to London. The real life story is not more exciting than that but it triggered something in my mind. It started as an exercise because I was stuck with another story I was writing but I decided it was a good story to keep working with. A short-story also seemed like a good trial and error piece to try to self-publish.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In life as in writing, I have never believed that there is only one way to achieve anything. I think I was open to self-publishing early on. Looking back at the past 3-4 years of writing I have come to realize that I'm not necessarily the first choice for traditional publishers. I also like to have control over all decisions that goes into publishing, no matter how time consuming or steep the learning curve.
Describe your desk
Since moving to London I've rarely had a desk to sit and write at. I've made due sitting on the floor with the computer on a coffee table or in bed with the computer in my lap. I eventually bought a little computer table just for that sake. Now I have a very small desk in a corner of my room, just big enough for my computer. Coffee houses and pubs are great for writing. Or use pen and paper and you can write pretty much anywhere.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm an bit old fashioned and prefer to read physical books but I have a tablet and use it more and more for reading.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have dyslexia and it took a long time before I started reading by myself. I've always loved stories though. My mom had to read me bedside stories until I was quite old, bless her. I remember that I even made her read the subtitles to Dallas to me. In hindsight, I don't think I would have been the reader or writer I am today without her patience and understanding. It kept my curiosity alive for storytelling.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when you lose yourself so much in the story that you're just typing away. When the flow has subsided and everything you had to give that day is said, you look up and realize it's three hours later and you forgot to eat lunch. That kind of focused flow beats everything. Writing can be a very lonely business but personally I think that's part of why I like it.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors, in random, order is Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien, Joanne Harris and Tracy Chevalier. They are some of the writers where I make a point of reading everything they have written, and wait eagerly for the next book, just because I like their writing so much.
What are you working on next?
I have several pieces in the pipeline and I haven't chosen what to focus on yet. I'm very keen to publish a collection of short-stories that will follow the seasons of the year. I have a poetry-novel that I have been working on for several years and that really deserves my full attention. These pieces are both in an editing stage.
As for writing new pieces, I currently go back and forth between a full-length novel and a screenplay.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to read and write as much as I have time for, which, with a full-time job can be a struggle. I very much enjoy dancing as well, which is my form of exercise. I've done various forms of dancing since I was a child. Currently it's Bollywood and belly dance. Here in London I like going for walks in one of the many parks available. In Sweden I like going for a coffee with my friends. And there's few things in life that beat listening to live music.
Published 2017-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Let Me Tell You A Story While You Sleep
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
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A young woman, newly arrived in London, finds herself drawn into a romance she wasn't looking for. Will this man prove her wrong about staying unattached, or is he going to be yet another empty promise?