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WOULD I DATE TOM HANKS?

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Behind the Scenes and Interview with Cecilia Samartin

You always publish your books in Norway first, why is that?

Because Norway is my best market. It’s where I have my most enthusiastic readers and we’ve established a really great bond of trust over the years, so I’m very happy about that.

 

Do you get contacted by a lot of Norwegian readers?

 I do! Especially when I’m in the midst of writing, I tend to disappear from the social media for a while, but when I’m coming back out again I reconnect with readers and they give me a lot of encouragement and enthusiasm.

But they seem to understand that I have to come and go from the social media.

 

How long did it take you to write Beauty for Ashes?

 Well the whole research is such a big piece of it. So when you look at the research, the writing and the rewriting, it’s been almost two years.

 

That is a while. Were you sad to finish it, or was it a bit of a relief?

 It was a bit of both. I do get very involved with the characters and I become very attached to them and I’m sad to see them go, but in a way they never leave. They’re always a part of me. But then there’s also the excitement of sharing it, getting the feedback. The editorial process too. There’s a lot of people involved in shaping it.

It’s a road. It’s a journey. It’s a team journey. A lot of people involved.

I actually like the process.

 

You used to work as a psychotherapist. How does that affect your writing?

 In very profound ways, because I don’t think it would’ve ever occurred to me to become a writer if I hadn’t been a therapist first. For many years I was immersed by incredible stories, real life stories, and that’s what therapy is really; people needing to tell their stories and wanting to be heard and understood. It’s such an important part of the process. It just kind of evolved organically. I didn’t always dream of being a writer it just kind of grew on me over the years. It got to a point where I couldn’t not look at it. It was staring me in the face and it came to a point where I just had to do it, or I would feel a sense of defeat for the rest of my life.

 

Almost like a calling?

 Yeah! It was like it came to me! It was like a little voice that just grew louder and louder and louder until it was impossible to ignore.

 

Do you ever miss your old job as a therapist?

 I do sometimes, but I do feel that the writing is an extension of the old job in a way. It’s still using the same aspect of me. I want my books to be more than just a good read. I want them to be more than just fun and interesting. I want them to have a therapeutic aspect. I really do want my stories to encourage readers to ask questions about their life, their purpose and what’s happening in the world. Questions “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”.

 

I heard that you get up at 4.30am every morning to write.

 Not as early all the time now, but usually around 5am.

 

That’s still pretty early! Do you have a specific morning routine?

 I just need two cups of coffee and some quiet, and at that hour you can find it pretty easily. I have a dog. I take him for a walk and then he typically sits right at my feet while I write. If it’s cold, a blanket. I have three or four places in my home that I like to write, depending on what time of the year and where the light comes in. And I think that’s about it.

 

Do you do all of your writing at home?

 I do all of the actual sitting at the keyboard at home, but I think a lot and reflect a lot. I get a lot of ideas when I’m out and about.

 

Did you have to travel a lot for your research for this book?

 No, I didn’t travel. I did it all online, through videos and meeting some people. I never had to leave home.

 

You chose to have the story set in Las Vegas. Do you have a personal connection to the place?

 I live very near to Las Vegas and I’ve been to Las Vegas many, many times so I know it. There’s that. But it also is one of the hubs for human trafficking. Las Vegas is one of the places where a lot of people end up. So it did just seem like a natural place to set the story.

But this kind of thing is happening everywhere. It’s happening in Norway as well. And that was one of the things that really struck me while working on this, that there’s really no place that isn’t somewhat affected by this. In a way there’s probably more slaves now than it’s ever been in the history of humanity.

 

Was it a tough process?

 Yes, it was really difficult. I had to challenge myself, because there’s really no way of telling these stories without including some graphic scenes. That is not what I do or what I enjoy in terms of my own reading or entertainment. But it had to be there for it to be real. To tell the story right. So I did include it, but I think I didn’t overdo it.

 

Do you talk to your characters?

 Yeah, sure! And they talk to me. Absolutely! I think they’re all psychologically projections of me. It has to be. I don’t think that’s just me, I think it’s like that for all authors. They have to dive into themselves to give the characters a story, a voice and a shape.

 

Final question; What are you going to miss most about Norway when you go back home?

 Now that’s a tough one! I think it’ll have to be the people. The inspiration that I get from meeting my readers here. The sincere thanks and the excitement. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.

 

You should get a proper Norwegian cabin so you can take your vacations here.

 Oh I would’ve loved it! I’ve seen some of the cabins and they are idyllic. It seems like a great place to write, while maybe overlooking the fjords.

Cecilia Samartin and her agency are now in the process of getting Beauty for Ashes published in other countries.

I can’t wait to read and review this book, and I wish Cecilia all the best of luck!

 

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September 2017 🍁 Wrap Up

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Gerald’s Game – Movie Review with Leif Nygaard

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Naked – POEM

I am naked

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Photo: Bjørn Hatling

To call out the voice of shame

Laugh in its face

Beat it at its own game

 

I am naked

To bare my very soul

What’s inside this flesh

Is what makes me whole

 

I shed my clothes

And fear screams of treason

But when I really listen

It’s clear that love is the only reason

 

I sit proudly

And let the wind touch me

Melt me into all that is and will be

Allowing this body to be free

 

I am naked

But not as an act of lust

I’ve shaken off the layers

In a personal sign of trust

 

I am bare

Like I once arrived into light

I push away unreal expectations

This is how I choose to fight

 

I am raw

            As I connect with all that is

            Get to know these eyes that see

            This soul that moves and lips that kiss

 

I am nature

            And all around is me

            I am naked

            Because I choose to be

 

©Christina de Vries

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2017 August Wrap Up + September TBR

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It’s Changing!

Our lives are constantly changing, even though it may not seem like it all of the time. It might seem like everything is just the same, day after day. But even though you feel like you’re going through the motion in the same ship everyday, there’s so much going on underneath the surface that you’re not paying attention to. 

All those little things that just passes by as unimportant could easily add up to end up as some of the most important events of your life. 

Some changes are bigger though, and impossible to miss! I’m going through one of those changes right now. 

I’ve been working for Brilleland for little over a year now, and a while back I was approached by another chain of stores and they wanted to set up a meeting with me. The meeting happened and in a time where people struggle to get jobs I was lucky enough to be offered a new one. I’m very grateful! After thinking it over and going a bit back and forth I decided to take the offer. 

So yesterday I had my last day at Brilleland and on Monday I’m moving on to a new chain, new store and new colleagues. It’s very exciting and also a bit scary. I’ve had my share of jobs over the years and the butterflies in the stomach feeling always shows up whenever I’m on the brink of starting something new. 

It’s a feeling I welcome! It’s another way of pushing myself and getting out of my comfort zone. A wonderful way of learning and growing. 

So this weekend I’m going to take it easy, meditate on what was and get ready for what’s coming! 

Wish me luck!

And I wish you all a wonderful weekend! 

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Never Know – POEM

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 There was a genuine fear

Of the unknown

He pushed with one hand

And held tight with the other

Afraid to miss out

Too scared to give in

He wanted answers

That no one could give

He wanted promises

Where none could be made

She kissed the hand

That held on

Opened up his fingers

And slipped away 

When he wasn’t looking

All that was left

Was her whispered words

Now you will never know

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©Christina de Vries

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We did our first livestream EVER!

I’ve been curious about livestreaming on YouTube for a while now, and then when I visited a fellow YouTuber here on Saturday we ended up just jumping into it!

Nothing made ready, but was meant just as a trial run. We expected it to last for about 5 minutes and we ended up sitting there for an hour! It was a very interesting and new way to interact, and I look forward to trying it again soon!

If you want to take a peak into the livestream that I did with Leif Nygaard, you can see it here:

Loving our newbie awkwardness! Haha!

Big thank you to Leif for having me on his channel, and I look forward to the next one!

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Dinner at Night – POEM

Glasses with regrets

And plates with dreams

They enter in shadows

Darkness and silent screams

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I ask them to sit

To enjoy every spoon

In this room lightened

By the hungry moon

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They tell me their stories

As I listen and try

To understand their meaning

Without starting to cry

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They leave me at sunrise

In an indefinable mood

I had dinner with my demons

And they ate all the food

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©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven

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Photo: Kirsti Hegre Backman

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