Interview with Annabel Schiøtz

When did you first start writing?
I loved writing poems as a child. My sister and I wrote them on long train journeys. We once amused ourselves greatly by writing one while helping our grandmother at a blood doning session in the village. We gave poems to people as Christmas presents.
The first troll story I wrote was for my grandchildren. It was very short, just one page, but it kept developing in my head and ended up as a little book.
What's the story behind your book?
The book came about all by itself. I found this amazingly dark, deep-looking pool in the woods and took a picture of it, and called it a troll pool on Facebook. Then the next day a very troll-like bush appeared up another path, and became Blue Troll. A bush apparently holding a tall thin tree became Blue Troll fishing for blueberries, and on another walk there was a broken branch lying across the Troll Pool, and I started wondering how it had got there. And then, there was Red Dragon at the top of a tall fir tree! Well, who could resist? The characters insisted that they be written about (I've got all those original pictures on my website, by the way.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I originally never considered publishing my books at all. I wrote the stories to amuse my own grandchildren, and printed them out at home, with very rough illustrations.
However, my daughters said I should try to publish them, so I started googling, and came across indie authors quite by mistake. I'd never actually heard the term before. And I like making things myself, so it suited me perfectly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time doing the illustrations, which is the most fun of all. It's completely absorbing and takes much longer than writing the stories. I can't draw, so I do it in Photoshop. I found a way to colour the original photographs and it's just carried on from there. Otherwise, I read a lot, and do crosswords, and play Words with Friends, and I always have various sewing projects going on. And then there's walks in the woods with Lula of course, and going to the gym. And I spend time with my grandchildren whenever I'm needed, which is, fortunately, quite often. There are seven of them, the eldest is eight, and I'm often called upon to help out for one reason or another. They all live a couple of hours journey away from our house, so when I'm there I stay the night with one of my three daughters.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually look on Amazon, but now that I've discovered Smashwords I shall look here too.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've had a Kindle for years, and I use that most, but I've also got apps on my other devices. As I said, I've only just discovered Smashwords so I haven't read many epub books yet, I expect my ipad will be best.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction, novels of all kinds, from crime to historical, but they've got to be written well. I've been reading Philippa Gregory's Tudor books this winter. And I've read and re-read Jane Austin many times, and Charles Dickens. I always look out for new books by Kate Atkinson, Marian Keyes, Joanne Harris.
What are you working on next?
I've been translating Blue Troll into Norwegian and he's just gone out as an ebook here too. I've also got him in a print version which I'm going to try to sell.
Now I'll be putting my other Troll Stories books out as ebooks and translating them into Norwegian as well.
And then, I've got a few silly poems that I wrote last summer - about trolls, of course - that I'd like to shape into a book. And I've also been playing with the idea of a personalised Norwegian children's book, which I could maybe hand print myself. I've been googling book binding, it doesn't look too hard.
Published 2018-01-18.
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Books by This Author

Rainbow Duck and the Burglar Birds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Something terrible must have happened to Rainbow Duck. She's missing and her nest is all in a mess, and she NEVER leaves her nest in a mess! Blue Troll, Yellow Troll, Water Troll and Red Troll all set off in different directions to look for Rainbow Duck. What has happened to her and where can she be?
Blue Troll's Broken Berry Rod
Series: Troll Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Blue Troll, who has been picking blueberries, goes to sleep and wakes up to find his special berry picker gone. Granny Besti and Lula help him look for it. They meet Yellow Troll and Water Troll along the way. Then they have to rescue Red Dragon and solve the mystery of where Blue Troll’s magic berry picker has got to.