Annabel Schiøtz

Biography

I live in Norway with my husband. I have seven grandchildren, one dog and a liking for the trolls and dragons found lurking in the woods. I've been taking pictures of them on my walks with Lula the dog, and the pictures have turned into stories.
Now the stories have turned into books.
They are about the adventures of seven troll, a granny, grandchildren, a fluffy dog, and various other characters who come and go. My two eldest grandchildren appear in Book 4, and in Book 5, just out, the next three have joined in, the babies will no doubt also be included soon. The website is http://trollstories.co.uk/

Smashwords Interview

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.)
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Annabel Schiøtz online


Where to buy in print


Series

Troll Stories
There are five books so far, they tell tales of seven brightly coloured trolls, a granny called Besti, a fluffy dog called Lula, an unhappy red dragon, a rainbow coloured duck and various other characters, including a family of manycorns (which are a bit like unicorns, but have five horns instead of only one). And of course, grandchildren, who couldn’t be left out. The two eldest appear in Book 4, and in Book 5, just out, the next three have joined in, the babies will no doubt also be included soon. With large print and colourful pictures, the stories are suitable for children of about three to eight years old.

Books

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.

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