Published August 2, 2012
Grapevine’s own advice columnist, Nanna Árnadóttir, has graced the pages of the magazine Cosmopolitan.
In the issue, Nanna is interviewed on what it takes to become a published author.
Which were the most valuable skills you gained at uni and how did these help your career?
“Write all the time,” that’s what my lecturer Beth Brewster would always say. People always picture Carrie Bradshaw glamorously perched on a chair in front of her MacBook, making money off her weekly column. But the reality is much less sexy. Usually you are in your pyjamas sitting at a desk or in bed, with a couple of crumbs in your hair; that is, if you remember to eat at all…
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
If you’re not writing all the time, don’t bother. You have to work full-time then come home and work all night, including making sacrifices at the expense of your social life. But if you can’t stop writing, literally can’t avoid it and it torments you when you can’t, then just do it!
Nanna is the author of Zombie Iceland, and her expertise on the subject of the undead has been cited in news reports Grapevine has done in the past. She also has an advice column, wherein her wisdom is generously dispensed to inquiring readers.