Name Sabina Bundgaard
Where are you from
I was born in Sweden, but have lived in Denmark since 1998.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m married (since 2004) and we have two kids.
I used to study to be a veterinarian, but I failed an exam too many times and can’t continue. So now I’m a full time postie, and I love it. I haven’t been less stressed and more focused since I stopped studying.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Hmmmm… I’m about to wrap up my first full length story. Which is very exciting for me.
Even more exciting – I’m a part of an absolutely AMAZING anthology from Hot Ink Press, Naughty Bedtime Stories: Second Chances, which is releasing April 21 this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve pretty much always been an avid reader – even have my own blog. But writing my own stories… I did that as a child, but was discouraged from it. When a friend of mine was put in charge of an anthology last year, I jumped at it. I’d had a story rolling in my head for months, a story I couldn’t shake. Seeing that story unfold on paper… wow.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t know. Truth be told, I’m not sure I see myself as one still. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s the truth.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A dream. Stubbornness. Good friends.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Hmm… I don’t think so. I try to write differently to test myself, changing POV, genre ect.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Ha! *head-desk* I suck at titles. That and blurbs. I’m horrible at them! Sometimes they come to me without a hitch. Other times I’m all done with the story and looks down at it and my mind goes blank. Literally.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think we all have messages in one way or another. We may not think about them when we write our stories, but somehow they always end up there.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Nada. *grins* It’s fantasy. Of course emotions and reactions from the book could happen in real life, but I’ve never seen a shifter, a vampire or a dragon in real life.
Now,. If we’re talking about my erotic stories, well…. *winks*
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes and no. There are elements from my past in some of my stories.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Oy….Which books… O_O *feeling panicky*
My list is too long to mention fully, but…. Here’s a few authors that have helped me in one way or another.
Sarah J. Carr
They write amazing stories, some are my friends as well, and I consider myself extremely lucky to know them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just read Mariana Thorn’s latest release; Blood of Legends (AMAZING read), and Ellie Channings “The Courtesan’s Diaries.
I’m kinda of in between books right now, but contemplating starting to read Harry Potter again, only in English this time.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I keep stumbling over new authors all the time that seems really interesting. I wish I had the time to just sit down and keep reading non stop sometimes *grins*
Fiona: What are your current projects?
As I said before, I’m wrapping up my first full length book, and have two more series on the side that I’m working on too. And this morning I finally got the time to start a short; a steampunk story.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Just one? Impossible. I have an entire publishing house at my back, we’re like a family. #onehouseunited
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I know it’s possible. I deeply admire those that have achieved it and still keeps challenging themselves to make themselves a better author.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
By reading books and letting my imagination running wild. No limits.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is a small snippet from the Hot Ink Press anthology I’m part of; Naughty Bedtime Stories: Second Chances. My story is called Facing the Past.
“Making a face at the memory of the last party where he actually scolded her like a child for snapping at one of his bosses for grabbing her ass. Heat rose to her cheeks at the mere memory and she could still feel the anger and shame lurking right underneath the surface. Shaking it off, Emily took another turn, getting closer to her parents old house. Driving down the old roads, serenity washed over her, making her loosen the deathgrip she had on the steering wheel since she left home.
The darkness made the last turn a bit harder to see, and Emily slowed down so she wouldn’t miss it.
“Where are you, where are you?” Mumbling to herself, Emily slowed the car down to a snail pace until she finally recognized the old driveway. For ages her father have been talking about getting it fixed, to put some lights up, but it never happened. It had become a standard comment in the family to joke about it as the first thing when someone walked through the door.
With a sigh of relief Emily parked the car in front of the house. For a moment she just sat there, staring at it, letting old memories wash over her. Memories from a happier time. When the front door in the house opened and the warm light from inside the house spilled out, Emily snapped out of it, automatically plastered a smile on her lips before opening the car door. She could hear her mother yelling at her dad.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I know my grammar definitely isn’t perfect. Far from it. I’m horrible at changing tense. English isn’t my first language and it shows *smiles*
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have one, and please, please, PLEASE don’t make me choose one!!!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Right now? No. I’m hoping I will in the future though. There isn’t much here in Denmark that I can attend to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For the anthologies I’ve been a part of, it is the absolutely amazing and very talented Rue Volley. She does magic!!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
To take my emotions out all the way and rip them out and put them on the paper. Going through stuff that I rather wanted to stay buried.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Never give up. Believe in yourself and to write the story the way I want it to be told.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Well… Never give up, that’s for sure. And edit, edit, edit. And when you think you’re done…. Go through it one more time, and then make sure others read it too. Sometimes you don’t catch it all.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was Lassie.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
When an author takes you all the way out there where you’re staring at the book in disbelief only to push you over the edge. I have a few friends that are really, really, really good at that. I hate it and love it.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
My different author friends. Because they’re there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on, they make me laugh and they’re my friends.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I cross stich, read and makes jewelry. When I have the time *grins* Somehow 24h/day doesn’t seem like enough.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m in love with Tolkien. So Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit. Generally fantasy.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Music… I listen to pretty much everything, from Linkin Park to Selena Gomez. Jessie J, Rita Ora, Nickelback….
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Maybe I would have passed that exam and been a veterinarian, who knows? I love doing what I do now, so it’s not something I wonder about.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I’m on Twitter: @SabinaBundgaard
Facebook (author page): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Sabina-Bundgaard/1451269175115700?fref=ts
Facebook (author Profile): https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008388662866&fref=ts
Author blog: https://www.facebook.com/sabinasadventuresinreading?fref=ts
Jewelry page: https://www.facebook.com/sabinasbaublesandbeads?fref=ts
Thank you so much for having me here Fiona!!!