Interview with Louise Andersen

What's the story behind your latest book?
Originally, it was a short story that I wrote for a friend of mine who was going through a great change in life. It was at the most twenty pages when I was done. However, he refused to accept it and demanded I told the story to the end. And here it is.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living an alternate life through telling the story, and seeing language turn to aesthetic emotion. I love when it all meets in the center and turns into a greater ensemble surpassing the normal boundaries of life.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember Narnia and The Never-Ending Story as some of the first books of my childhood. I was old enough to read them myself, around 7 or 8 years old, and these books opened up a whole new world to me. They definitely created the base for my love of fantasy, of adventure and magic. I still look twice whenever I come across an old-style wardrobe ... you never know.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything well written. I tend to enjoy genres in bulk - which means I read a certain genre for a while before changing into another. I might enjoy 5-6 fantasy books, then change to Dostojevskij, Chekov, Nabokov for a while, then onto Rushdie, Murakami, Roy, and so on...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is one of the worst questions you can ask me. I can't possibly list my favorite books. They are just too many, and whenever I do list some, I always regret it when I come to think of others. If you want reading advice, feel free to send me an email and tell me what kind of experience you would like, then I'll love to point you to some authors you can try.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire, which I enjoy immensely. Unfortunately, my children have discovered the possibility to use it for playing games, and most often these days, it is out of battery. I do love the concept, though, of being able to carry thousands of books with you in your handbag.
Describe your desk
Messy... very messy... coffee-stained, notes everywhere. A couple of candles, old school drawing pencils and a green desk lamp.
When did you first start writing?
My very first book is still in the family. I wrote it for my mom. It is about 5 centimeters tall, 4 across, taped together to resemble a real book, and with miniscule childish writing, it tells the tale of a cat that went for a walk. I was about 6 when I made it.
What are you working on next?
Another novel... to soon to say more!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a choice, really. My kids wake up 5:30-6:00 am, and they are alive and kicking from the second they open their eyes. I have always been Type B, preferring my bed until after noon, but not anymore. It's inspiring, really, how they embrace life every instant.
Who are your favorite authors?
So, so many. Too many to mention. What makes a great author? In my opinion, how they write. It doesn't have to be a certain style, but there must at least BE a style. When someone writes well, the language sings a song of its own. It moves on its own, and it transports the reader to a different level all on its own. It takes practice, no doubt, to write like that, but when an author can do it, they can create great literature.
Published 2015-03-11.
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