As an author in many different genres, I invite you to check out the following:
Loving and OCDer
Presiding at Meetings
My personal diaries (all seventy of them; a small 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.
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 be quiet because he’s “disturbing” everybody.
The 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.
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.
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.