Written 23 december 2013

‘Twas the night before Christmas.

(Well, strictly speaking it was the night before the night before Christmas, since Christmas celebrations starts on Christmas Eve in Sweden, and not Christmas Day. Oh well…)

Anyway, for Jasmine it WAS the night before Christmas (Eve) and she had decided to write a piece about herself to post on her blog whilst waiting for the movie to start on TV. But alas, the words would not come and as time ticked nearer to 9 pm Jasmine started to… well, get a bit pissed off, to be honest. How hard could it be to write a couple of lines about oneself? But then, Jasmine had an epiphany! She would interview herself! That ought to be easy, right? Let’s give it a go!

Hi there Jasmine!
Hey yourself! Or myself… This is weird…

But this is just what you used to do on your Swedish blog! Besides, this is the best idea I’ve got, okay?
Right… So, you’re not concerned about people knowing right away that you’re bonkers then? Or we, I suppose…

Not really, no. I’m more concerned about what people might think when they find out that you’ve never seen Indiana Jones. Not one of the movies, not even a clip.
Shh! Not so loud! I know I ought to have seen at least the first movie. It’s a cult classic, after all! But you know… There’s too many books, films and tv-series to watch, and too little time.

Indeed. Let’s start with the essentials first; fantasy or sci-fi?
Fantasy definitely. I was brought up with Astrid Lindgren’s books and some of them included fantastical elements. Later in life (I think I was about 11 or 12) I was introduced to Harry Potter and I loved that world. Correction; I still love HP! But it wasn’t until I saw The Fellowship of the Ring at the cinema for the first time that I really became curious about the fantasy genre. But The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Star Wars will always have a special place in my heart.

So would you call yourself a book nerd primarily?
Well… If you really must label it then I guess so. Books are where my initial interest in genre fiction and fantasy in particular comes from anyway. I used to practically live at the fantasy and sci-fi section at the main library when I was like 15-19 years old.

Why this blog? And why in English?
I started blogging in 2009, in Swedish. And one day I got an idea; to start an English blog primarily about films and books. I thought it would be good practice for me to write in English. But it took a while for me to start, because I didn’t think my English was good enough to start with. Once I got going I would write a few entries, remove them, wait a few months, start again and so on. Let see how long I keep at it this time!

Okay, this entry is already too long and you’ve not really said that much of interest.
What are you talking about, I’ve said loads!

Whatever, let’s speed things up a bit: favourite subgenre of fantasy?
Epic fantasy. And the longer books, the better!

Favourite horror movie/book?
I don’t like horror, I’m still a bit afraid of the dark… That’s true, I really am!

Wimp… favourite doctor/companion?
Favourite doctor: tenth (Tennant), companion: the Ponds.

What’s the closest thing to a holy book (e.g. the Bible) for you?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

That’s a good start to getting to know me I think! More to come later. Questions? Just tweet me, send me a message on Goodreads or click here to contact me directly from the blog.