Why did you choose to live in Milan?
Because my husband lives here. I came three years ago to live with him.
Are there any places in Milano that inspire your literature?
Every novel I write has born in one place. Milan was an important place for my latest novel released in Norway a few months ago. It's titled Romanzo. Milano. Milano is a place with an important role due to the architecture, the structure of the city, its history, the canals all. But once the book is finished, the intensity vanishes, everything that was open and sharp becomes still and calm.
Your latest novel is set in Milano, but for now it has only been published in Norway. How do you describe Milano?
The novel will be printed next year here in Italy, for details you will have to wait for the translation. The book is set in Milano - yes. It is a novel about being orphans and the need to belong to a place and a person. It also tells of how art can give an entrance to life.
Tell us about your typical day in Milan
I'm always happy to wake up exactly here, at home with a view of the Darsena and over Milano roofs. On a simple day I have breakfast in my pajamas on the sofa with my husband. Then I read or write until I need a break, then I go to the gym. Afterwards, I have my lunch at home alone and continue working. In the afternoon, I like to go for a walk before the light goes out. The evening is a new joyful moment, with aperitif and dinner, we often dine out in Darsena area in simple and nice places.
A Norwegian writer friend comes to Milano to find the inspiration of writing: what places would you recommend visiting?
I will give him the map and tell him to follow his desire. I find the church of San Maurizio very beautiful. But for a Norwegian, walking in Milan is a spectacle everywhere.
From a cultural point of view, what are the strongest points of Milan compared to other Italian or European cities?
Milan offers the possibility to dialogue between our bodies and the body of its architecture.
You have three wishes for your future. Can you reveal them to us?
Love, write, live - what could be more beautiful?!