Over on #NALitChat, we’ve been talking about writerly inspiration – what inspires our stories, our characters, our dialogue. We’ll hit on this subject tonight — join us at 9pm EST over on the Twitter (#NALitChat) and share some of your inspirational stories!
Since it’s #TBT, I thought I’d give a little throwback nod to the real-life Nordic god who inspires my imaginary Norse heroes. Anybody else swoon right along with me every time they see a picture of Swedish dreamboat, Alexander Skarsgård?
If you haven’t guessed, I looked at a lot of pictures of Skarsy when I was writing the Elsker books. As one does, for “research.” 🙂 And once upon a very amazing time, I got to meet him!
Once upon a really good day, my über-awesome friend said that he’d let me be in the same room with Alexander Skarsgård. And that he trusted me not to embarrass either one of us. HA! So I did what any normal girl would do: I spent an hour on my hair, another hour obsessing over my shoes, and grabbed a copy of Elsker and a pen on the off chance I could mumble coherently enough to ask for an autograph.
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED!!!
HE SIGNED MY BOOK!!!
And I squealed like a howler monkey. And he smiled and pointed to the title and said, “that’s Scandinavian.” And I nodded like a bobblehead. As one does. And he said, “ah, Love.” (Elsker means love in Norwegian.) And I squealed again, and totally blew my promise to my friend not to embarrass either one of us.
But I didn’t fall over. And if you know how graceful I am (not particularly graceful), you know this fact alone makes the day a total win.
Obviously, I owe my friend waffles for life. And if he ever lets me be in the same room with Alexander Skarsgård again, maybe I can squeal like a more dignified animal. Forming a coherent sentence would obviously be out of my reach. I mean, just look at him.
ps – Alexander Skarsgård is not affiliated with/does not endorse any of my books/worlds/characters in any way. I just find him very inspirational. 🙂