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Hildur Sif Thorarensen

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Author Bio: I am an Icelandic Software Engineer who writes crime novels as well as children's books. I'm also a mom to a 9 month old baby and two 13 year old dogs. I love writing, it takes me away from the everyday hustle and bustle and brings me into a world where anything can happen.

Author Interview:

1.What inspires you most to write? When I write, I can feel all the emotions my characters are feeling. It's like reading, except it's an even stronger feeling. I just love that. Love to explore the world with them, learn about them and live with them. I feel like I'm always learning something new. It generally starts with me getting an idea that I just have to write about and before I know it, I've written a short story or the beginning of a novel. 2. What is your favorite genre? I really enjoy a good crime novel, but I also like other genres such as Fantasy and Non-Fiction. 3. Who is one author you admire if any and why? I admire the Icelandic author Einar Már Guðmundsson. His descriptions are so vivid that I like to say that he writes in pictures. 4. How do you overcome blank writing spells? I plot out the rest of the book. I generally do so by either using post its or small pieces of paper on which I write a word or two about the chapters and start arranging them. That seems to break my writing dam and as soon as I see what's going to happen next, I know what to write. 5. What legal publishing advice can you give? I would say to get familiar with all your options. You could contact some publishing houses and see whether they are willing to publish it and what kind of deal you can get. You could also try a literary agent, who tries to find the best publishing deal for you, and even though they take a fee for their service, they can often get you a better deal than talking directly with a publisher will. Then, of course, there is always self-publishing, which is now a more viable option than ever before. 6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet? I have written three books. No, not yet. 7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why? The first thing that comes to mind is actually a TV-series. I would rewrite Dexter. I would give Debra more weight and I would definitely change the ending. I feel that they took the show in the wrong direction. It had a lot of potential but then it just got lost. 8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism? For all of us, there's going to be a time when we feel like we're just never going to get there. I think that's the most difficult thing, to just keep going even though you feel that the road ahead is long and insecure. 9. What are your best experiences in your writing career? It's when somebody tells you that they loved your work. Then you know that you've made somebody happy with what you're doing. It's amazing :-) 10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort sound in the background? I have a playlist that I generally use when I'm writing and it contains all sorts of songs that are mostly in different languages; Spanish, French, Dutch, etc. I try to find songs in a language I don't understand well so that it doesn't catch my attention as much and becomes more of a background noise.

11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer? You're not the only one that has had doubts. Even Stephen King had doubts and was doubted but look where he's at now. 12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work? The best way is to look at what other people are pricing their material at. For Amazon you're going to get more revenue if you keep your work within a specific price range. I recommend familiarizing yourself with that. 13. Why should anyone read your book? Many of my readers have told me that they started reading my book and just couldn't stop before they finished it. If that's what you like, then pe1.What inspires you most to write?

14. Did you have a book coach?

No. I have a great editor and a few people that give me their honest opinions.

15. What was your favorite subject in school?

I actually loved math, sewing and carpentry. I was never any good at drawing and I found home economics took too long.

16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?

Both. My work is published in Iceland with a publisher, but I decided to take on the English market on my own. Mainly because I like marketing and I wanted to be involved in every aspect of my career. Perhaps my book is for you.

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