My name is Cami Hofstadter and I’m a lifelong writer.

That’s how I introduced myself on my Home Page, but let me put it into context here. My personal diaries (all seventy of them; an early sample on the picture below) bear testimony to my life-long fascination with language and writing, as I began journaling in my native tongue, Swedish, when I received my first diary for my seventh birthday.

Bagaren och hans fru cover

At the age of seven I wrote my first two “books.” The thing that strikes me about The Baker and his Wife is how I, at such an early age, knew that laughter was too frivolous for our little world. When the baker gets a large order for sweet rolls he breaks into a happy song but the patrolling police officer steps into the store to tell him to shut up because it’s “disturbing” to everybody.

Trollet i skogenThe other book from the same time, The Troll in the Woods, is all about that sweet mythical being who didn’t know how to perform magic like the rest of the trolls. My father helped me illustrate the cardboard covers that held the frayed pages of both books together. On the back I penciled “written by the world-famous authoress,” – perhaps not an uncommon goal of a young girl who was already a voracious reader.

Michener in his study

Michener in his study

 

In 1988, when I interviewed James Michener (yes, he of worldwide fame) for the major Swedish-language daily in Finland, I shared that little tidbit about my grandiose dreams with him. As our visit ended and he walked me to the door of his home, his otherwise somber face broke into a mischievous grin. “This is the first time my threshold has been crossed by a world-famous authoress,” he said. And, we both laughed.

Michener interview, Swedish paper, Helsinki Hufvudstadsbladet

Although I grew up in a culture where compliments were few and far between, my high school writing teacher (still in Helsinki) was an exception. His praise – that my pen was a divine gift (“gudabenådad” for those who’re interested in the original language) – kept me going throughout the years, in spite of the usual snickers by my classmates echoing in the background.

Maturity has since given me a more balanced grip on reality, but I’ve never stopped writing. While I no longer seek fame and fortune I believe stories will always continue to be our legacy as human beings.

Using different names for different genres outside the academic world, I’ve published human interest stories, which I’ve grouped in two broad categories:

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder of a Loved One), and MUSINGS IN OTHER AREAS. Use the pull-down menu on top to go to your topic of choice.

All that said, I could simply have introduced myself as a three-year winner in the Tales2Inspire Collection. Go to that pull-down page for more.

I could of course also have suggested my author’s page on Amazon