Vågsånger

27- How often do you write it and in what environment?

Right now, I don’t write as often as I would like since I just started a full-time job and I feel like work takes all of my energy for the moment. But when things have calmed down a little, I’ll get back to writing more frequently.

When I do write, I usually do so at home, lying on the sofa with the computer in my lap. I sometimes write in a notebook instead, though most of the time I use the computer. I sometimes write on the train, but hardly ever in cafés and such because that just stresses me out. It seems to work for a lot of writers but I guess it depends on what kind of person you are!

26- What is the most exciting scene/ chapter/ part

Like all good pirate stories, this book contains a treasure hunt (never mind the fact that the idea of pirates hiding their treasures has very little to do with historical accuracy). I’d say that’s the most exciting part of the book because there are so many things happening – adventures, accidents, and tons of conflicting emotions for Chris to deal with. It was a lot of fun to write and will hopefully be an enjoyable read as well!

24- What are you going to do with it when it’s done?

Of course, I’d love for Wavesongs to be published one day. When you’ve worked on a project for so many years, you’d be crazy not to want that to happen, but right now I’m not sure whether I should even try to publish in Swedish, or translate it into English and self-pub on Amazon instead. It’s a hard decision, because finding a publisher is not going to happen (I haven’t given up hope yet, but I do think it would be very unlikely), and self-publishing costs money, and I’m not sure a story like this would find many readers in Sweden. But translating the book would take a LOT of time, time that I’d much rather use for writing the sequel. So it’s all a bit of a mess right now but I can promise you that it will be published one way or another, though I can’t say when! 😉

23- The ten things you could improve

  1. The flow of the story. I mean, this is my first novel and I basically don’t really know what I’m doing, do I? I’m sure there are many scenes that could be cut or others that could be extended but it’s the sort of thing you’d need to go to a professional to get help with.
  2. Dialogue. I still find lines here and there that just don’t sit right with me. Though I have gotten rid of the worst ones!
  3. The romance. Like I’ve said before, I tend to enjoy my dark twists, and readers who expect a very romance-y story might get disappointed.
  4. The sex. It could always be improved, couldn’t it?
  5. Characters. I’m satisfied with the portrayal of most of my characters but there are always a few that could do with a little bit of extra work.
  6. Research. I never feel like I’ve done enough research.
  7. The “action” scenes. I believe my strength is dialogue, not action, and I always dread writing fights and battles. (Which is exactly why I should write more of them, and get practice.)
  8. Deaths and disappearances. Some characters just go away a little too soon for my liking (even though I’m the one who decided it that way).
  9. My characters are complicated, their love lives are complicated, and writing the sequels will, obviously, be VERY complicated. But a lot of fun, too.
  10. I sometimes wish it was longer, just so I could write more about all the places and people that I love.