Recently I published a review of a truly spectacular book, "The Stockholm Octavo" by Karen Engelmann. I awarded it the maximum 5 crosses and felt it was so exquisite that I also awarded it with The Golden Hammer & Anvil Shield Award. If you haven't read my review, you can find it here.
Karen has very kindly given me an interview where she tells us the story of how she came to write the book and at the end of the interview are details on how to win your very own copy of "The Stockholm Octavo"!
- Your book “The Stockholm Octavo” is simply breathtaking. Where did you come up with idea for such a story?
- In my review, I described how beautiful your book is. It reminds me of how books were 50 years ago, designed to be treasured and displayed and, most importantly, to be read. How did the concept come about?
- Can you explain how you researched your novel?
- How did you begin writing?
- What type of genres/authors do you enjoy reading?
My pile of books is pretty eclectic; I like to read good fiction of all types and from all periods. The only books I seldom read are true crime (too scary) and thrillers (because I end up staying up until 3AM!) I would never reveal my one favourite book or author because I would inevitably change my mind in a day or two, but there are some books that had a big impact: Toni Morrison Beloved, Tolkien Lord of the Rings, Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, Mark Helprin Winter’s Tale, Michael Chabon The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Jeanette Winterson The Passion… oh, the list could go on and on!
- Are you working on another novel? If so, what can you tell us about it?
- Fun Question – which three people from history (fictional or real) would you invite to dinner and why?
- Fun Question – what event in history would you like to be a fly on the wall at?