The lovely Frida Nilsson, Swedish author of The Ice Sea Pirates, a classic children’s adventure of icy seas and cold-blooded pirates, wolves, mermaids is stepping into My Book Corner. Here she tackles our questions, including our infamous Just for Fun section.
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I am a person that is completely satisfied by being at home with the writing and the kids and the dogs. Everything else is overrated.
How would you describe your writing style?
I plan my work very well. For me the most important question you must ask yourself when you start writing is: What do I want to say? After that come up with the characters, the beginning and the end. Then I can start writing and the time-consuming part is to find the road between beginning and end.
What makes you happy?
Watching my children play, when I see that they are in “that other world”, the one I can not go to any more but still miss a lot.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I sit at home, it doesn’t really make a difference if I sit in my “writing hut” or in the kitchen or in bed, just as long as I am home. I can never write, for instance, in a hotel.
What’s your worst habit?
Because I’m a big basset hound-fan (I have three at home) I think I spend a little too much time on the internet drooling over nice dogs that I want to own.
Your favourite word(s)?
How could I have one favourite word? I need ALL words when I write.
What are your top tips for budding childrens’ writers?
My best advice is to know why you want to write. What do you want to tell people? Why?
Can you give us a glimpse / hint at your current WIP? (I can bribe you with cake!)
Perhaps if you bribe me with champagne instead 😉
Just for fun
Tea or coffee?
Paper books or e-books?
Cake or chocolate?
None … Sorry for being so boring.
Write or type?
Poetry or prose?
Poetic prose 😉
Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin?
Hmm, I suppose the one where everyone is brave? Gryffindor? It’s been a long while since I read about Harry P.
Hot or cold?
THE ICE SEA PIRATES written by Frida Nilsson, illustrated by David Barrow, is out now in paperback (£6.99, Gecko Press)