I have a Master of Arts in International Studies from Århus University (Denmark), a Bachelor of Arts in Government and politics from Griffith University (Australia) and a diploma in Photography from Moreton Institute of TAFE (Australia).
Whenever I get the time, I paint, take pictures and write. You can see my work on my website: www.onatart.com.
I have lived in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and in Australia, but now resides in my birthtown Randers, in Denmark.
What do you read?
I’m very picky about what I read. I love books that give me new knowledge or are able to challenge my current perspectives. To me, the best authors push boundaries and break rules, or are skilled at introducing readers to a foreign culture, a new subject or pressing conflict. Some of my favorite authors are John Ralston Saul, Salman Rushdie, Blaine Harden, Deborah Copaken Kogan and Arthur Golden. I read both fiction and non-fiction. I’m currently reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography “A long walk to freedom.”
What is your greatest challenge when writing?
My greatest challenge when writing is, and have always been, that I am dyslexic. In, my primary and secondary years, in school, I performed very poorly. I still remember getting my writing back from the teacher with endless red pen corrections. I remember it so clearly that now I zealous check and double check my writing. Today, I read well, but still spell terribly, so I use the computer, an online dictionary and I often get friends to read my work. At University, after getting top grades for many of my assignments, I told one of the professors about my dyslexia and she was like “You, dyslexic, no way.” So the moral of this interview question is, never let countless amounts of red pen markings stand in the way of your dreams.
Saving Elizabeth is a strong and powerful novel about a young girl’s fight to save her seriously ill mother.
The novel takes place in Denmark and follows the young girl Kirsten, as she grows up and learns about life’s complexities and joys, including friendship, alcoholism and discrimination.
Will Kirsten find a way to rescue her mother?