… Can I condemn this man to slavery …
You might have noticed that’s a lyric snippet from Les Mis. So now you know that’s my favourite musical, the one that turned my life around on 24 February 1993 when I saw it on Broadway for the first time. It turned me into a revolutionary Francophile with a Ph.D. and made me name my dog after Robespierre. Then last November my son introduced me to Hamilton and all my old passion for writing and creating came flooding back into my life like a tidal wave. Unfortunately my dog did not come back with it.
My first novel (well, the first one I completed and published) is on Amazon. It’s called Chocolates in the Ocean and you’ll make my day if you so much as peak at it. Buy it and I’ll wish I could send you cookies.
Which brings us to the next thing you need to know about me: I bake. Come back every Sunday for a new recipe. I dream of a life filled with cakes and chocolates and one of my happy places in Copenhagen is Torvehallerne, our first food mecca.
I live in Copenhagen with my son. Most of me is Danish, the other parts are English and Irish.
One of my other happy places is Langeland, the small Danish island where my mother’s family comes from. I have a house there that I would give anything to be able to spend more time in. Peaceful and tranquil with cosy villages, woods and beaches, it’s the place where all my troubles fade into insignificance. Chocolates in the Ocean is set there. So is it’s sequel, if I ever finish it. I’m also addicted to IKEA, but we don’t need to talk about that here.
I have issues in the workplace with Activity Based Seating/Working, excessive processes, entitled idiots who feel they should reap the rewards without putting in the work, and basically anything that makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Yes, Minister.
But first and foremost, I am a writer. When I was ten, my father introduced me to The Famous Five and not long afterwards I started writing my own stories. I have a slight – slight I said! – obsession with buying notebooks. I’m working on it, okay?
Obviously books are an enormous part of my life. I spend at least one Saturday a month in the library.
I think that covers the basics.