In light of Thursday's election result here in the UK, I am wondering why I left Finland, the happiest country in the world? Last week, the new Brexit Party of Britain, the Conservatives, was re-elected into parliament with a massive majority. Led by one of the most controversial politicians, Boris … [Read more...]
Join the countdown!
I am beyond excited about my next book launch. If all goes according to plan, and the stars are aligned, the fourth book in The Englishman series, The Good Officer, will be out in bookshops and on Amazon in less than six weeks' time, on 22nd October! I'm thrilled that The Good Officer has already … [Read more...]
Why reinvent yourself for a sequel novel?
One of the most common questions I get from the readers of The Faithful Heart, my sequel to The English Heart, is how much of the story is true. Of course, this is a perfectly sensible and appropriate question, being that The English Heart is the story of how I came to be in England. Although … [Read more...]
Turn Your Life Into Fiction
Do you want to tell your life story? Here are ten tips to turn your life into fiction. Truth and Fiction Doris Lessing wrote in one of her memoirs that we all re-write history and that therefore no autobiography can be an accurate account of events Yet during my MA in Creative writing some 10 … [Read more...]
Pre-order The Finnish Girl now!
Yay, it's nearly out! My latest book, The Finnish Girl, a prequel novella to The Englishman, will be published on 15th April and is now available to pre-order. This novella, just as The Englishman, is based on true events, and was very hard for me to write. But I felt compelled to revisit … [Read more...]
New Book Title and Cover Reveal!
I'm terribly excited as I'm writing this, not only because I can finally share with you the title and cover of my next book, but also because I'm about to leave for a mini-break to Sweden with my friends. Friendships are so important, and I'm lucky I have a set of school friends, who still want to … [Read more...]
Free Kindle book offer!
To celebrate the publication of the long-awaited sequel, The Navy Wife, the first book in the series, The Englishman, a stylish 1980s Nordic love story, is FREE on Kindle for 5 days only! When a young Finnish student Kaisa is invited to the British Embassy cocktail party in Helsinki to celebrate a … [Read more...]
Want to hear me speak in Finnish?
I was asked some time ago to do an interview for the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. Afterwards, I promptly forgot about it, until today when I came across the email exchange about the Language Trail project.I don't usually like listening to myself (and … [Read more...]
Venice in May
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while, and particularly read my series of posts, 'How I Came to be in England' know that the Englishman and I have two wedding anniversaries. Normally we celebrate the first, May one, just with cards and perhaps a glass of bubbly in the evening, or if … [Read more...]
Andy Murray and my citizenship status
A spurious connection? Let me explain.I've mentioned on this blog a few times now that although I've lived in the UK for the best part of my adult life, I've never felt the need to apply for British citizenship. Also, when the children were young, the crazy pre-EU Finnish laws stated that my … [Read more...]
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