Fia Essen – that’s me. I grew up on the move, and then I kept going. I still haven’t really settled down anywhere. I’m not ready to say I’ve settled. You could say I got lost in transition. But I’ve found some great people and places on my journey to… well, destination unknown. And my journey through life is what gives me ideas for the stories I write.
What is the first piece you remember writing (from childhood or young adulthood)?
I wrote a short story when I was nine years old. I had just started a new school in Dubai and I was still learning English. Predictably, the story was about the adventures of a girl from Sweden who had just moved to “The Desert of Arabia”.
What is your favorite aspect of being a writer? Your least favorite?
The best thing about being a writer is being my own boss. It’s also the worst thing about being a writer. It’s not a “regular” 9-5 job, and I don’t get a regular paycheck. Nonetheless, I’m serious about my writing. Writing is my job and I give it my all.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, what is your best tip for beating it? If not, why not?
I can’t say I believe in writer’s block. Having said this, I can only speak from my own experience. As I mentioned above, writing is my job. I sit down and I do the work. Every day! I don’t expect inspiration to hit me out of the blue. I’m not that kind of writer. I don’t get struck by sudden flashes of brilliance. I work hard to create a story that I hope someone will ultimately enjoy reading.
What is your current writing project? What is the most challenging aspect of your current writing project?
At the moment, I’m working on a novel called Ariel, which is about a woman who has lost control of her life and finds herself stuck in a rut. Currently, Ariel is being looked over by an editor. Personally, I think the editing process is one of the most challenging aspects of writing. It requires patience and an open mind. The thing to remember is that both you and your editor want the same thing – for your story to be the best it can be.
What supports you in your writing?
It’s not a what. It’s a who. Her name is Sanna, and she’s my mum.
What are you currently reading?
Blogs. I’ve recently started blogging myself and I’m having a wonderful time reading what other bloggers are writing. If you’re a writer or interested in writing, there are plenty of both established and aspiring writers that share tips and useful information on their blogs. Much appreciated!
Where can our readers find you and your books online?
You can find my 100 Word Blog at https://essenfia.wordpress.com/ . As soon as Ariel is released, I’ll write an overjoyed post about it. Meanwhile, I’d love it if you drop by and take a gander at my daily posts.
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This is it – it’s all about me! That’s right, the lovely Kates let me take part in their exciting virtual tour, The 2K International Writers’ Blog Tour.
Nice to meet you, Fia. And what an interesting background you have. A third culture kid, I see. Super. Following your blog now 🙂
Hi Lani! Great to meet you, too 🙂 I love meeting new people (and fellow expats) on wordpress.
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Hi Fia, my groovy scribblin’ friend. Delighted to find you here today and learn even more about you. Will be following your tour with Ariel. Following Writing Ourselves Well, now, too. Hope you’ll plan a tour stop at http://www.4writersandreaders for a Meet the Author Interview, so my readers can find out all about you and Ariel too! 🙂 p.s. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden in the late 1800s. Groovy to find out that’s where your roots grew too.
Hi Bette, thank you for this and for following my blog. I’ll certainly have a look at yours. Fia’s interview on my blog, but to contact her you need to click on her details at the end of her interview. Warmly, Kate E
Thanks, Kate. Have an amazing day! 🙂
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