Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I do remember sitting in a library, I was app. 10 years old, and reading a children`s book version of Paulo Coehlo`s "The Alchemist." Something happened inside of me. A feeling of connection with the universe. And it is this feeling I really search to give to my readers when I write books today.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have to take the Harry Potter-series as number one, they belong together, and I do not want to separate the masterpieces from each other. I love the feeling of magic it gave to me as a child, I was so lucky to be a child when the first one came out. I love how the books give a sense of freedom, a lot of hope, a lot of wonder! I love how Rowling have all those details, perfectly aligned. This is the real awesomeness for me - all the details, all the background work. A fantastic series, and I love it to bits!
Number two... Must be "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlo. The sense of hope, the feeling of connection. Yes. Wonderful!
Three... "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. A marvelous book! I simply adore the way she looks at the society and just give the reader a totally new view of it all!
Number four is "The blue cave". I don`t remember the authors name, I just remember that I read it and really loved it as a child. Just loved all those descriptions, all that wonder, and of course the mysteries!
Number five must be "The Celestial Prophecy" by James Redfield. I love how new ideas are represented in a easy way to understand them for all. The fact that it was written in 1993 (!) and still is very popular is really impressive! I love books rooted in ancient Eastern Traditions!
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is my second favorite - after the writing itself. I love cover designs, and I think it is a really important part of a book. I have bought a lot of books just because of the cover design. And very often they are great books as well!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do my best to prioritize my time with family and friends, they are after all the most important for me. When I don`t do that, I use a lot of my time reading other books, articles - especially those about ebook trends in different countries - I love those! When I don`t do any of the two first ones, I just let the creative flow give me more inspiration and more ideas.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 12 years old. I wrote a lot of poems and smaller texts. I described everything around me - especially feelings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"George and Stulf - an unlikely friendship!" is a story that just came to me an evening I was sitting at the computer, writing on some other stories that I worked with. I felt that the story stopped, and I couldn`t find out what it was about it that made it "wrong". I just started to write a little paragraph about George and Stulf - and I loved the feeling it gave me!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I can do it all - I love the whole process!
What does Smashwords mean to you?
It means a lot!! The free guides by Mark Coker is a gold mine, and the fact that it`s free, for all to read, is a real value! I love the way Smashwords takes me seriously, I feel I can really show myself to the world, with the possibilities Smashwords offer!
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