Hi and welcome to my blog. My name is Trine, I’m fast approaching 40 and I live with my husband and daughter in a small town in the middle of Denmark. I work full-time in a furniture factory that among other supply our favorite Swedish furniture giant IKEA.
I am an avid reader, a story inventor and a passionate procrastinator. And though this is not my first attempt at a blog, there’s a line of lost, abandoned sorry blogs, left floundering in the creases of the forgotten outer reaches of the internet, I am determined that this blog isn’t going to suffer the same ill-fated death.
I am going to write about reading, about writing and about other parts of my daily life that strikes my fancy.
An assorted list of my personalities/identities include:
Mother, Dragon Wearer, Procrastinator, News Ranter, Wife, Crazy Cat Lady, Story Inventer, Prolific Reader, Sister, Worrier, Reluctant Cleaner, Frequent Googler, Recluse Wannabe, Depeche Mode Devotee, Obsesser Of Details, Travel Dreamer….
I’ve made up stories in my head, for my own entertainment, since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to write. I never did though, I was convinced that whatever I had to tell was either too corny, too stupid or just not interesting enough, so I told my stories to myself and then forgot them again. But in 2007 I saw this thing on the net called NaNoWriMo, and decided that it was now or never, do or don’t, write or die. I signed up and decided to write a story about four girls au-pairing in Athens, Greece. That November I made it 30000 words before my doubts and inner editor ran the story from my head and I called it quits. I have since both completed the 50000 word challenge and totally tanked it. But each year I learn something new about the process of writing and about myself. I have a very active inner editor who heaps scorn down on almost anything I write, and stories has a tendency to die inside of me if I do not have a very clear direction in which I want to take it. So that actually means I have yet to finish many of my projects. I hope to motivate myself further by giving small status updates here. Hold myself to my goals as it were.
BOOKS! My first love. Books are like friends, they entertain me, they make me cry, they make me angry and upset, they make me giggle delightedly and laugh out loud and I would not have survived my childhood without them. I love them ferociously.
Both my parents read and my paternal grandparents who lived a few houses down the street had at least three or four library books in their cabinet system at all times. And to this day when I encounter a certain smell I can still see my grandmother sitting in the sofa, a cigarette burning away in a tin ashtray on the side table, her feet on a stool and a novel in her hand, the radio playing old-timers in the back ground. It is from them my original love of crime fiction stems. Authors like P.D. James, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers seemed to be their favorite. So when I discovered the pleasures of a library, I tore through Enid Blyton books, the Three Detectives books, and onto my own phase of “grown up” English crime fiction, mimicking my grandparents, progressing to more action oriented writers. Ed McBain, Colin Forbes and so on. Now I just can’t get enough of writers like the scottish Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin, american Jonathan Kellerman and Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell and fellow Dane Jussi Adler-Olsen are also favorites.
I have never been restricted to reading only crime novels, though they still hold the most attraction, occasionally I read popular fiction from writers like Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Jennifer Weiner. Fantasy also fascinates me, my absolute first love was Anne Mccaffrey’s Dragon Singer books which I still occasionally pick off the shelf to re-read. Authors include Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, Helen Lowe, Cassandra Clare and Kristin Cashore.
So expect me to write about crime novels, YA, Fantasy and on occasion popular fiction books.