This is a weekly meme of mine that will feature books and authors.
This week’s feature focuses on author Sofia Essen, and this is what she has to say about herself. 🙂
My name is Sofia Essen. After 20 years as an expatriate in Asia, I’ve settled on a Greek island. I never intended to write a book. But as I was sitting in a café in a small Cretan village one afternoon, watching a couple of tourists desperately trying and failing miserably to order a cup of coffee, I said to myself, “This place would be a great setting for a book.”
I’m a “Chick Lit” author according to my publisher. Having said that, I’m a work-in-progress and so is my writing. Someday, in the hopefully not too distant future, I’d like to try a genre with a less frivolous label. My first novel “Change of Pace” was released on the 15th of April 2012.
So far, my book is only available as an eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Personally, I prefer reading “real” books with pages and a spine, which I suspect has something to do with the fact I stare at a computer screen for hours on end most days, attempting to conjure up something vaguely interesting to type into a frighteningly bare Word Document. In addition, I’m not good with gadgets and I fear a Kindle would have a short lifespan in my presence.
I do manage to write most days. Quite often, I delete whatever I wrote the previous day and start over… I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing, and my own worst enemy.
I love dreaming up stories and constructing characters in my head, but I hate what an irrational ninny becoming a writer has made me. Oh well, at least I’m not alone! I’ve learned that otherwise relatively normal people, myself included, turn into raving lunatics prone to panic attacks when they decide to become writers. Emotions run high when something you’ve created and nurtured, whether it’s a short story or full-length novel, is ripped from your hands and suddenly not within your realm of control anymore. Being published is both a blessing and a curse. Karen Blixen said, “When God wants to punish you, he answers your prayers.” I now know exactly what she meant.
Once I take off my author hat, I’m the Creative Director at Essen & Essen, a Management Consultancy firm which specializes in Executive Coaching and Personal Profiling. I’m also a full-time mum to a 3-year old Yorkshire Terrier who goes by the name Taxi Driver.
When you have time, please visit my blog at http://sofiaessen.blogspot.com/
Change of Pace is available on:
check it out at GOODREADS
Change of Pace Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/changepace
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