Hi, I’m Fredrika,
You know the party you were at over the weekend? I’m that woman you kind of noticed standing by herself in a corner and then forgot all about. I’m a textbook example of an introvert. I don’t dislike being around people. I’d just rather observe and listen then be seen and heard.
I write. Or at least I try to.
I don’t have anything important to say. I don’t write because I think my stories will change the world or influence literature in some profound way. I write because it makes me happy and hopefully it can make other people happy as well.
I write about love; about people facing hardship and conquering it. I write about beautiful places, nature, kind people and their healing effect. I write simple stories about simple people, and there’s always a happy ending.
This place is about me trying to find the courage to put my writing out here in the open and finding out if other people will like it.
I don’t think I’m that interesting, the basics are simple:
Wait? If you’re Swedish, why do you write in English? Because my stories are set in English speaking countries; it would be weird for them to speak Swedish. If I ever write a story set in Sweden, I’ll write in Swedish.
What do you love most about writing? My characters. I love diving deep into a person and finding out who they are and how I can fix them, so they’ll be happy.
What do you hate about writing? Grammar and spelling. I suck at it. I’d like to say I’m better at it in Swedish, but I’m not. Commas, punctuation, spelling, I’m just bad at it. Ask me what a verb is, and I can’t answer. The only thing I know about grammar is that adverbs are apparently the devil and should be killed on sight.
Married: Nope. I’ve not found someone I’m willing to compromise for yet. Also, sadly, Darryl Dixon, Spike, Dean Winchester, Eric Northman, Geralt of Rivia and Garrus Vakarian are not real. So, I don’t see it happening.
Kids: Not gonna happen. I love my friend’s children and my young cousins, but that’s enough children in my life for me.
Where do you live? I live on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea called Gotland. I was born here but lived almost 27 years in Stockholm. I moved back here in February 2016 after my mother died and I wanted to be closer to my remaining family.
What do you read? I enjoy books by authors like Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss and Raymond E Feist. But I also read “lighter” books by authors like Charleen Harris or Gail Carriger. Right now, I’m diving deep into graphic novels. It all depends on my mood. But I’m not picky, and I don’t buy into the idea of good and bad literature. There is, of course, good and bad writing but there’s plenty of shitty writing by “big name authors” fawned over by the cultural elite and plenty of outstanding writing in YA novels or comics.
What do you listen to? Anything that’s not off key. I prefer blues rock, like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Faces, Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons, etc. But I love music, my playlists can include anything and everything from Dolly Parton, Sting, Stevie Wonder and BB King and if I’m in the right mood classical music.
What do you watch: I love shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, The Walking Dead and Supernatural. I like historical shows like Vikings or Hell on Wheels, and I never say no to a good costume drama. I love weird. Fringe, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal.
My current obsessions are American Gods and the new season of Twin Peaks.
If I watch movies, and it’s a big IF, it’s usually movies that are part of a larger universe. Say for example the Marvel or Lord of the Rings movies.
What do you play? I play RPG’s. I love Bioware games like the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, and of course, I love CD Project Red and their Witcher games. Occasionally I dabble in survival games like The Long Dark.
Are you a huge nerd? Yes. Would you like to see my POP Vinyl collection?
How big a nerd? I am Groot
That’s all I can think of. Anything else you want to know? Don’t be afraid to ask.