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Anja Høvik Strømsted, a versatile artist hailing from Oslo, is a celebrated author, filmmaker, and multidisciplinary creator. Her educational journey has taken her through the realms of Creative Writing at Telemark College University, Fine Arts at Gothenburg University Valand School of Fine Arts, and Film production (M.F.A.) at the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Anja's artistic portfolio spans across the realms of fiction, short and feature films, animation films, music, music videos, photography, and visual arts, earning her acclaim with awards and screenings in an array of countries including India, Germany, the United States, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, and her homeland, Norway. Collaborating with partner Strømsted and Hurst since 2012, they embark on numerous creative projects and also helm the literary press, S & H Press.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’d say both my novels are intense works of Stream of Consciousness. The one that just got released, “Our World Inside the World Outside the World,” is a novel that breaks many rules to shape a protagonist battling a turbulent psyche authentically.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wanted to create a thought experiment to be a good starting point for understanding people struggling with mental illness.
What books have influenced your life most?
The Catcher in the Rye, The World According to Garp, The Call of the Wild.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, and I’m happy no editor changed everything, either.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I knew I wanted to write books when I was 10, coming from a family of authors.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Putting myself in the shoes of a manic protagonist.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
To write mentally unstable dialogues, thoughts, and narration.
What genre do you consider your book?
Literary Fiction, Literary Fantasy and Magical Realism
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Check out my website. https://hurststromsted.com
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