My friend and bandmate, Timo, with whom I co-authored 'Amashanae', a fantasy book. I had long envisioned some day writing a novel or at least a bunch of short stories, but his work on Amashanae which we ended up co-authoring was what really enticed me to write also a story of my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Remains to be seen!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the excitement of holding the threads of the story in your mind and immersing your entire being into it. It gives you a feeling of control of an universe...even if a small one.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a novel about religion and deities - also SciFi, however. And in a different language this time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life, pure and simple. And in particular, my children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides working as a teacher I make music, singing for several bands and session work as well as making my own songs in my small studio in which I either play all the instruments or work with other musicians online.
What is your writing process?
I read what I've written, and then 'vomit' the next portion of it very quickly. After which I review and edit what I've written. It seems I can not write in a linear fashion; rather, I will create scratch paragraphs and notes and keep coming back to them until I'm more or less satisfied. I may cut and paste large portions of my work into another place in the text at any given moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have no recollection of that. I learned to read when I was roughly five; I can only remember bits and pieces of my childhood around that age. But I do remember I read the Lord Of The Rings around when I was seven and it left me with a huge impression.
How do you approach cover design?
Utilitarian. I do what I can.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Comic books by Gary Larson excluded...I go for intriguing books. In fact my favorite reading is usually short stories, either SciFi or horror. Both succeed in providing a lot of excitement and joy of discovery in a condensed, effective medium. I seldom read run-of-the-mill agent and crime stories, but rather more often documentaries and biographies. Like Anthony Beevor's books on WWII. But SciFi and horror always intrigue me most, if I find something that looks promising.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
A clutter of papers and things...I make it tidy every other month or so but it's quickly overwhelmed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Finland and along with the rise of computer games, and I suppose in some ways that does show in what I write. In fact I reckon I'm still growing (and still enjoy gaming).
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a person who's alienated from the society and brainwashed to work as an assassin for a cause he doesn't understand, and his struggle to find out the truth and how to make the right choices. It deals with a lot of basic psychological issues and morality questions as well as beliefs and the power of suggestion, all wrapped in a Sci-Fi action adventure.
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