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Sverrir Sigurdsson I have friends who want to write their memoirs but don't know where to start. My advice is to start with writing down memorable events. Once you have …moreI have friends who want to write their memoirs but don't know where to start. My advice is to start with writing down memorable events. Once you have a number of "episodes" written down, you'll see which aspect of your life is most important to you. This will become your focus, or theme, and every chapter will be a building block for this theme.
This was what I did while writing Viking Voyager: An Icelandic Memoir. Once it was clear that I wanted to focus on my modern-day Viking career, a storyline appeared. The episodes about my grandparents, my growing up in Iceland etc. became part of this coming-of-age narrative.(less)
Sverrir Sigurdsson I’ve translated Viking Voyager into Icelandic and now looking for a publisher. My native language ability was a bit rusty, since I left home sixty yea…moreI’ve translated Viking Voyager into Icelandic and now looking for a publisher. My native language ability was a bit rusty, since I left home sixty years ago. But the more I worked on it, the more it felt like an old friend. With the help of an editor, it’s now as ready as it can be.
I believe there’s an audience for Viking Voyager in my homeland. Icelanders like to read about their history and culture and also the overseas exploits of fellow Icelanders. My book contains both. For a nation as small as Iceland (population 360,000), it’s important to actively record our stories or else be forgotten.
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Digging into My Roots

A memoirist is supposed to depend mostly on his memory. But when I started writing my memoirs, I felt what was stored in my brain wasn’t enough. To get to the bottom of who I was, I needed to burrow into the consciousness of the people I came from.

My dad had researched the family tree of my maternal grandmother and traced it all the way to our ancestors who lived in Sognefjord, Norway in the lat Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 18, 2021 07:30 Tags: iceland, memoir, viking

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The author creates characters I care about and want to keep on reading to find out what happens to them. They sound very real in their North England coal mining country brogue. The story is full of twists and turns that remind me of a psycho thriller ...more
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Redemptive Trauma by David Giffen
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This series of vignettes reflects the cry of an anguished soul, searching for a deeper meaning of life through deeply felt religion and search for sexual identity. In the author´s reflections and efforts to understand himself and those around him, he ...more
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