Q&A – answers to everything you’ve been wondering about

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1. When and how did you first become interested in reading and writing poetry? 

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been writing sentences that rhyme with each other – just because I genuinely think it’s very fun to do. When I was around eight years old, I discovered my father’s poetry and became even more interested. I wrote mostly narrative poems with a clear story-line. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know that what I was doing was writing poetry – but I knew that it sparked an interest in me, and that was enough. Funny thing, I didn’t start reading poetry by other poets before I reached my teens.  I was presented with some poetry during High School, but I didn’t like them – something was missing, I didn’t know what. Then, later, when a friend introduced me to Edgar Allen Poe – I finally realized: It was the verse that was missing in the poems that I didn’t like. RHYMING was so important to me, as it drove me right back to my childhood when I was struggling with finding a word that could rhyme with another. This is my passion! I thought. Since then I haven’t had the slightest doubt about what I want to do with my poetry. 

2. When did you discover your interest in fiction-writing? 

I give all the credit to my wonderful parents – they were the ones who encouraged me to read, and through reading, I discovered my passion and purpose in life. So .. I guess the answer here is books. Books, books, books. If you’re an aspiring writer, I want you to read as much as possible until you find what style you’re into – then, copy, rewrite, study this style as closely as you can until you automatically start writing like them. There’s no better way to train your writing skills, in my opinion. 

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3. Do you enjoy works from Cormac McCarthy or Franz Kafka?

No. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any works from either of them. However – I’ve been meaning to read Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” since I watched the film and I’m also very much into dystopian writing these days. Of course, “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka is such a classic, I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. Hold on! I will read them both and I’ll do a review on them. Just give me some time. 

4. How is your novel going? 

First of all, I don’t know how people know about this! But yes, I am and have been working on-and-off with a novel for a long time now. I won’t say too much, but I have the whole story-line, plot, idea, and everything ready. Now, the last thing to do (which is also the hardest) is to actually write it – which I am in process of doing, but it takes some time – especially when you have a lot of other projects lined up. But I will keep you guys updated. Question: would you want me to share more about this project on the blog? Like the plot, characters, excerpts, chapters etc? DO TELL ME! 

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5. Where do you live? 

Mostly in Sweden.  

6. Do you study? 

No. RIght now I’m teaching myself and watching philosophy-lectures and reading at home. However, I would like to study at a university sometime in the future. I love watching lectures more than anything else, so I can definitely see myself studying Philosophy and English Literature, and perhaps Psychology as well! 

7. Do you only read novels or are you into philosophy as well? 

If anyone knows me well, they also know that I treat philosophy like food and water; It’s something I have to have every day, or else I’ll feel like an outsider in this world! So yes. I do include my every-day schedule with philosophy, as well as novels. My favorite videoes to watch on YouTube are  “The School of Life” (a philosophy-channel) and videoes of Jordan Peterson. I also enjoy listening to the Oxford University-podcast; “Philosophy for Beginners” (you can find this on the podcast-app). My favorite philosophers so far are *Epicurus *Aristoteles *John Stuart Mill * Réne Descartes *Ayn Rand  

Ok, those were most of the questions you asked me! If you’re wondering about anything else, please contact me through my Social Media, email or write in the comments below:) 

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Love, 

Aftur S. Nerdrum 

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