One of my earliest memories is playing with my childhood friend Anna at the playground. We were roleplaying, like so many kids do; more specifically, I remember us pretending to be Simba and Nala from The Lion King. Why is this relevant, you ask? Well, for one thing, it was together with said childhood friend that I came up with many of my very first ideas for stories to be written. We both had a very active imagination that never seemed to sleep even for a second. We came up with so many stories together that I won’t even dare try and count them.
But from making up stories with your childhood friend at the playground and to actually finishing a novel? That’s quite a journey, usually simply entitled “life”. First of all, you need to learn how to write, as in actually spell words. I distinctly remember my Danish teacher Ulla-Britt and how I, in what must have been 3rd grade or something of elementary school, handed her chapters of short stories all the time on which she patiently commented and encouraged me to keep writing.
In 8th grade, I had long ago moved from the big city life of Copenhagen, where I was born, and to quiet and lovely Falster with my family. Here, my teacher Dorianne came up to me one day and handed me a pamphlet about Brønderslev Author’s College, telling me that she “thought I might find that interesting”. She was right. So I applied and got accepted among 350 applicants. I was overjoyed.
My week at Brønderslev – or more specifically, our teachers Cecilie Eken and Bjørn Themsen – taught me so much, but most importantly, it showed me that there were others like me out there. Young, aspiring writers who lived and breathed for their hopefully future profession. I was not alone. I was no longer just a geek with a weird hobby that I would never, ever put away. I was part of a greater group. And I still keep in touch with some of the friends I made during that week.
Since then, I’ve grown older and am continually learning new things about writing. Some of them I’ve learned through studying literature at University of Copenhagen, where I am currently writing my Master’s thesis in English on the trickster figure in modern fantasy literature. Some of them I’ve learned through my internship at a publishing house and my position as a freelance editor. Some of them I’ve learned through exploring other media of writing than prose, such as screenwriting. Consequently, I now feel a lot more confident in sharing with others what I know, personally and professionally, about literature and writing.
But when all comes down to it, I’m still the same hopeful kid dreaming of a future where I can live off my writings. I like it when people appreciate what I do. You know that feeling you always get when you read a good book, watch a great show or film, or even when you play a good RPG? That’s the feeling I’ve always loved and that’s the feeling, the wonderful feeling, that I would like to give to others. That feeling is what I want to incorporate in my stories. That, and a few fighting scenes. I love fighting scenes; they’re always a lot of fun to write!
So that’s how I got where I am. And, just to end on a cliché, where I’m going is still an on-going speculation. But no matter where I end up, I’ll take my writings with me. Then we’ll see what the future has in store for me.