Kajsa Ingemarsson grew up in Stockholm, but also lived for some years in Blekinge after high school before she moved back to Stockholm . She studied Russian, Polish and po
In 2002 she debuted as the author of the book On the Fourth, it must be done. She has since written six more novels, a krönikesamling - Kajsa’s World - and self-help book Dream Life – Happy for Real. Ingemarsson’s novels are set in a recognizable contemporary world and address the problems that people, especially women, face today. A recurring theme is the turning points and crucial choices – big and small – that affect life’s direction. The books have a large readership and in 2005 she became Sweden’s best-selling author with the novel Small Lemon Yellow.
Julie: Welcome, Kajsa. You made your writing debut in 2002. Tell us how you first became published.
Kajsa: I was working in television at that time, but was writing when I had time off. Once I mentioned that in an interview and the day after a publisher called me and said she would like to read what I was writing. That is how it was started.
Julie: Did you always want to write?
Kajsa: I always loved writing essays in school if that counts … Otherwise I never dreamed about becoming a writer. When I started to write my first novel, it was my first attempt as a novelist.
Julie: Anything your fans would be surprised to know about you?
Kajsa: I have a horse, a 5 year old warm-blood, and I spend hours every day in the stable, riding, grooming, clearing the dung out …
Julie: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to just kick back and have fun?
Kajsa: Spend time with my horse! And my family of course.
Julie: Dealing with writing deadlines can be a challenge. What do you do to cope with the stress?
Kajsa: That’s a difficult one. I’m not really good at handling stress. What I try to do is not to take on to much work in the first place and I’d rather not work against deadlines.
Julie: Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
Kajsa: When you release a book it’s done in so many stages. It’s difficult to point out one exact day when the work is ready, so I tend to forget the celebration. Luckily my husband remembers to buy a bottle of champagne at some stage to say Cheers! And my publisher usually organizes a dinner in honor of a new book. But I really should improve when it comes to celebrations!
Julie: What’s next for you?
Kajsa: I’m writing like crazy, but not a novel this time. We’ll see what happens …
Books by Kajsa Ingemarsson
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