It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Lene Fogelberg author of Beautiful Affliction (see my review here). It currently has a 4.9 star rating on Amazon and a 4.85 on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Lene is giving away a physical copy of Beautiful Affliction (US shipping only). So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, December 28, 2015.
Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.
My name is Lene Fogelberg and I grew up in a small town by the ocean in the south of Sweden. As a child I was fond of reading and discovered poetry; I used to scribble my small poems in a notebook and I read everything I could find. Growing up I met my wonderful husband and together we have gotten the opportunity to see the world, we have lived in Sweden, Germany, the USA, and now we live in Jakarta, Indonesia since almost four years with our two daughters. I wrote my memoir Beautiful Affliction, which is mostly taking place in the US, and it is such a crazy story I can barely believe it happened myself, but it’s my life and I am grateful I got the chance to tell my story.
1) Why should people read your book?
I think my story is unique, because not many people who have lived through something similar, get to live to share it.
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I love to write at home, in my favorite clothes: a t-shirt and an old skirt, listening to music, occasionally chewing on a piece of fruit from the fruit salad I treat myself to after a couple of hours writing.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I am working on a novel taking place here in Jakarta. It is a story that is equally hilarious and heartbreaking.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
I love to read the poetry of Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015), and also the poetry of Edith Södergran (1892-1923), who is doing some guest appearances in my book, by the way!
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
I have a huge to be read pile, both on my night stand and on my kindle. I love all kinds of stories and right now I am reading a lot of memoirs. Next up is The Coconut Latitudes by Rita M. Gardner.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Coldplay — “Trouble”. But my playlist is hilarious; my daughters keep adding songs, so it might very well have been Taylor Swift or Carly Rae Jepsen (“Call Me Maybe”).
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
I can sound exactly like Chewbacca in Star Wars, which is a better talent than it might seem. It has saved me many times when we’ve been playing a spontaneous game of “which celebrity can you mimic?” with our girls or at parties.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
I have always wondered how you make the time to read so many books, but maybe you are fast readers. 🙂 And I also wonder how you approach a book, do you flip through it first, to get a general sense of it, or do you immediately dive in and start to read the first page, or do you let it sit for a while on your desk, or do you read online about the book and the author before opening the book? Laura – Reading has been an important part of my life as long as I can remember. I always have a book with me, I have a car book, I carry my Kindle in my purse and have the Kindle app on my phone. I will read on break from work, my lunch hour and then when I get home and my little one has gone to bed. I am a fast reader, I was clocked in a college reading class at 125 pages an hour, so I can read an average book (300 pages) in one day. As for my approach, I generally just dive in. I don’t like to look at too many other reviews as I don’t want to be influenced before I read and write my review.