Today on the blog we feature one of my long-time friends in JAFF who is a prolific writer. I was reading her stories long before it ever crossed my mind to write one of my own. That was because her tales drew me into the world of 1800s England so vividly. Since that time, she has published a lot of books and has secured her fanbase, keeping them begging for more. We at DarcyandLizzy hope you enjoy hearing from one of our favourite authors, Ola Wegner, as much as we enjoy featuring her. Brenda
What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse?
My next book is “Wish Upon A Star.” I have not started anything else at the moment, but I will start something new this summer, probably an arranged marriage Regency scenario but it is not 100% sure yet.
Everything inspires my muse, life, people around me and books. I read a lot and perhaps quite surprisingly, I don’t read that much romance. I love sci-fi books, crime stories but also non-fiction books concerning history, anthropology, archaeology, politics and a bit of travel books.
What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?
I never planned to write before I started ten years ago. I never thought that I could do that—one of the biggest surprises in my life. I was actually writing my Master’s thesis and because I double majored in university I had to write two separate papers roughly at the same time, which made me really stressed. One day instead of writing about Tudor England I began writing my first story which was pretty horrible, but I had such fun with it. I thought that it was such good feeling to create stories and I stuck with it. I don’t write for other fandoms.
What first drew you to JAFF and how long have you been reading it? Do you prefer Regency or Modern? Do you have any hobbies besides JAFF?
I was an English lit major in university; thus, I read lots of British authors. I enjoyed Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters the most. When I accidently discovered JAFF I was both floored and totally enamoured with it. I read everything I could find. Those were good times, everything was so fresh and innocent, in a way. I actually prefer Modern stories to read, perhaps because I write mostly Regency. My favourite JAFF stories ever are works by Belen from Argentina and Rika from USA who wrote Unexpected Song.
As for my other hobbies I love reading, I am really into interior design, gardening and fashion. I think that many people think I am rather shallow when they first meet me because I am always overdressed for the occasion. I love shopping and talking about clothes. In truth, I am a very serious and responsible person deep inside.
What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing?
It depends, but usually it is Regency Encyclopedia, Internet in general, and my dear readers and other authors who are always willing to help.
Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your characters or scenes?
It is difficult to say because I never consciously copy people from real life to put them into stories, but afterwards when the story is finished I notice that perhaps I actually did that. I am definitely an avid observer of people.
Thank you so much for reading my interview!