Erik Istrup


I write my own materials and translate, and work with all steps from layout, cover, editing through sending pre-press materials to print.

Born in Denmark, I have for many years, worked as a technical designer and electronic engineer, specializing in programming and design. In Nov. 2005, I changed direction and in Jan. 2010, I got a bachelor in pedagogic (social educator) and am now working with autistic children in Greenland.

... and I ponder the big questions:

At some point I asked the question: "Why am I here?" To answer that, I must know myself and "who am I?" pops up. After exploring, comes the question: "Why am I the one I am?" It leads to: "How did I become the one I am?" I begin to examine my life from my birth and forth, and finds out that most of what I am derived from "external" influences, my thoughts, and feelings.

I may, based on this, answer the question about why I'm here; why I am born and live? I can be content with the answer, but may ask: "Why did I choose this and not something else?" This issue starts a whole new quest. However, if I know that life is determined in advance, fate, of course, I have not made a choice. If there has been a choice, it comes from a higher place, maybe God, even if "God" not necessarily is defined.

Where does this choice come from? And “when did I make this choice?” If I have come to the conclusion that I am my body, thoughts, and feelings, I'll be able to find the answer as being the moment where I chose my career or anything like that. If I have come to the conclusion that the body, thoughts, and feelings are only a part of myself, I must necessarily search elsewhere after the origin of this choice. If I am not only the new-born child who has grown up and been to the person I am today, I must have existed before birth. This leads to the questions: "What am I?" and "where do I come from?" So the question: "Where do I come from?" will instinctively lead to the question: "Where will I go after this life?"

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is actually some of my life experiences in discovering who and what I am, and how and why I've become what I am today. By sharing this, I may give someone a new angle on how to view on self and the life one have CHOSEN to live.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The motivation to be an indie author was when I realized how easy it was to publish a book as "print on demand" for very little money. E-books was not so popular at that time. The indie part came, when I found out, that I need to have the exclusive rights to my work and not share the rights with some publisher.
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Where to find Erik Istrup online

Where to buy in print


Lev livet enkelt
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,250. Language: Danish. Published: February 14, 2014 by Erik Istrup Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Selvudvikling betyder, at selvet bevidst vælger at udvikle sig. Det er selve det at vælge at gøre det, der sætter processen i gang. Det handler i høj grad af at få en erkendelse af, hvad man er en del af. Det handler om at få et overblik. Dette overblik fjerner mange frustrationer over ikke at kunne forstå sin egen situation og når frustrationerne forsvinder får man et større overskud i live
Choose a Simple Living
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,030. Language: British English. Published: February 13, 2014 by Erik Istrup Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Self-development is very much about getting recognition of what you are a part of. It is about getting an overview and seeing a consistency in your life. This overview removes the frustration of not being able to understand your own situation. When this frustration disappears, you get a larger surplus in life. Overview gives a surplus.

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