Subject: Interview with icelandic author Sjofn Haukdottir. She is the author of Ceci Nest Pa un Ljóðabók and Úthverfablús.
Sjofn Haukdottir,28 is the author of Ceci Nest Pa un Ljóðabók and Úthverfablús.
How would you define Iceland in your words? I would go for a small beautiful country that has a rich history worth exploring, but sometimes we get lost in greed, nepotism and xenophobia.
What do you like about Iceland? I really love the nature, my happy place is lying down on a mountain or hill after a long trek, listening to the sounds of birds and bugs, breathing in the moss and grass and listening to a brook. Those are the sounds of my childhood and my happy place and I can never recreate it anywhere else.
One thing you would like to change in Iceland? I would love it if we’d stop being so xenophobic and racist, I want us to open our country to anyone who wants to be here and just be more open in general.
What do you do to stay current on new trends of writing? Describe two or three of the most interesting industry trends. God, hard question, I really like the chick noir form that has emerged and gotten its name from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl fame that really shook the world .. we really do need more horrible women heroines. I’m also very much enjoying the Icelandic poetic scene at the moment, notably Kristín Eiríksdóttir’s Kærastinn er rjóður and Fríða Ísberg’s Leðurjakkaveður.
The population of 350,000 and margin of error is small I believe when it comes to target. Do you feel the pressure while writing? Personally I don't but I’m a bit of an oddball, I don't care if people read me or like me, I just really enjoy writing for myself
You remember the famous poem ‘’Road not taken.’’ Do you like to follow everyone path or create your own? I believe you might be referring to the road less travelled? By Robert Frost? What most people don't realize is that Mr. Frost meant that no matter what road you take you'll end up in the same place. That poem has been misunderstood all over the place. So I don't know, the road less travelled leads you to the same place anyway.
What inspired you to write? Mainly I've always been an avid reader and since I can remember Iðve loved the written word. Being given the opportunity to write and publish is just amazing and I appreciate it so much.
One golden tip for any person who wants to be an author in Iceland. Just write if you love it, write for yourself. There isn't much money in it even if you make it, just do you, and find your bliss.
What comes in your mind where you hear these words? One or two words only.
Favorite literary journal: Gay Magazine
Favorite childhood book: The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
The first book that made you cry: Lucky, Alice Sebold
Your writing Kryptonite: Too much time
Last book you read: Hundshjarta, Mikhaíl Búlgakov
Next book you want to read: Too many
Your favourite author: Kurt Vonnegut, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chimamanda Ngoze Adiche .. so many more
Your dream: To live in an iceland that isnt so horrible xenophobic and racist
Icelandic language: it’s an interesting lovely language, but too full of itself
Iceland future: My god, going into bankruptcy and sending our money to Namibia hopefully.