Interview with Silja Hansen (Silja Hrund Barkardóttir)

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canada and in Iceland. Being bilingual forced me to appreciate language and to focus on the ability to articulate thought through words. It also opened my eyes to different cultures and to different ways of seeing and being.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a child.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was asked to write about food, which turned into a dreamlike horror fantasy built upon a nightmare I woke up from one morning as I was writing it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a spur of the moment idea.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to publish my book and to distribute it, which I am grateful for.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To successfully articulate a thought.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate that they exist.
What are you working on next?
I'm still in the process of thinking about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Allan Poe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hope of adventure
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making films, drawing, painting, exercising, creating and listening to music, working, studying and living life.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, by accident, in a number of manners.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
It differs with each project.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. But I did continue to read.
How do you approach cover design?
Aesthetic beauty.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-tale Heart, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper, Jane Austin´s Pride and Prejudice, Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
What do you read for pleasure?
All I can get my hands on, really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Depends on where I am and what I have between my hands.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sharing on the Internet.
Describe your desk
Very, very messy.
Published 2013-10-31.
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Books by This Author

Music for the Funeral
Price: Free! Words: 19,010. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Music for the Funeral is a NaNoWriMo novel in process.
The Justine Case
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,330. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature, Fiction » Literature » Literary
As Justine starves herself in order to lose weight, strange things begin to happen. Is Justine losing her grip on reality or is something more sinister going on? The Justine Case is a short story where the cross between fantasy, dream and reality is blurred. The idea of self-identity against other people's perceptions of the self is both questioned and challenged, along with the idea of reality.