One author of this blog is Misci, also know under the name Michelle. Michelle is a worldly Denmarkian, which means she comes from Denmark (being a Dane more precisely).
In order to achieve her goal to work within the field of literature she is currently studying English at University, where she dabbles in academic writing mostly but also puts a lot of effort into writing fiction for pure pleasure, to also be able to call herself a Writer.
Currently, she is working on her first novel – a process that has taken up eight years so far – but lately she has started to write all sorts of things, including poetry, to step outside her comfort zone and take a stab at almost anything to really embrace the role as a writer. It is a job with much trouble as ideas keep popping into her head from time to time, which recently has aspired her with another idea for a second novel, though for a more grown audience than the first one.
Michelle does her best to excel in the kitchen and she enjoys cooking for other people and basically have fun in the best of companies. She has a not-so-secret-anymore fetish for socks and she collects movie tickets from going to the cinema.
If Michelle is not found writing she will most likely be reading, where some of her favorites include the Harry Potter series, His Dark Materials, Marianne Curley’s Old Magic, C.S. Lewis, Scarlett Thomas, Carlos Ruiz Zafon to mention a few non-fantasy author, and recently she has taken a great liking to the old classics such as Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.
This coming-out-of-the-closet-blog seemed to be the fitting outlet for Michelle and her fellow writers to present some of their work to a broader audience and hopefully get some productive feedback to help them all in the future.
If Michelle won the lottery she would first travel the world, as she dreams of going to Australia and New Zealand among other places, before she would settle down as a full time writer for as long as it will take to finish her novel.
The third writer on this blog is starbuck88, more commonly known as Kristin. She hails from the land of mountains and fjords, also known as Norway. As the blog-name reveals Kristin is a bit of a fantasy/sci-fi geek and has been for as long as she can remember. (If you don’t know what the name Starbuck has to do with sci-fi, please feel appropriately ashamed of yourself and Google it!) Ever since she was old enough to read and go to the library to pick out books for herself, Kristin has been drawn towards the dark and mysterious. The first books she picked out were about vampires, witches and ghosts, much to her mother’s distress. “They’ll give you nightmares”, Kristin’s mother said. “No, they won’t”, Kristin replied. “That’s what worries me…” Kristin’s mother sighed… But enough of that.
Although Kristin’s favorite genre is fantasy, she does read other kinds of books and enjoys most of them. A chosen few of Kristin’s favorite writers and books are as follows: Stephen King (absolute nr 1), George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Sarah Waters, Ian Rankin, Marian Keyes (Watermelon is hilarious!), Sophie Kinsella, the True Blood books, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.
It should come as no surprise that Kristin writes mainly in the fantasy genre, she has written several short stories (though yet to be published) and is currently working on her first novel (technically the second, but the original first one has been put on the shelf for the time being). Other than that Kristin loves reading, writing, tea, chocolate, red wine and handsome men (who doesn’t?) and hates hypocrites, religious fanatics and people who tell her she’ll never make it as a writer. So here’s to hoping they’re wrong and she’s right and enjoy the blog!
Fourth and final writer nlmora01 (Nicole) is an aspiring writer from the United States. She was lucky enough to attend SUISS in Edinburgh where she discovered there are actually people like her all over the world. Back at home, she is a university student in her final year, triple majoring in English, History, and Humanities, and is quite unsure what she is going to do after graduation. As for her writing: she tried for a long time to write literary short stories, but has finally settled on the wonderful world of fantasy novel writing. She is currently working on a novel about a deaf court jester in an alternative universe that vaguely resembles the Middle Ages. Nicole has been greatly influenced by authors she has read, including (but not limited to): Garth Nix, Phillip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, David Eddings, J.R.R. Tolkien (mainly The Hobbit, not so much the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Juliet Marillier, Neil Gaiman, Lois Lowry, and Roald Dahl. Nicole enjoys tea, traveling, and binge TV watching. She rather dislikes songs about food, her terrible habit of procrastination, and whatever heinous concoction scientists consider artificial cinnamon (most commonly found in Java Chai Tea lattes and Big Red chewing gum).