Diane Eklund-Abolins is from Australia. After teaching there for three years, she moved to Sweden where she met her husband.
They had a family and remained in Sweden for more than twenty years, relocating to Australia in the 1990s. She’s always written, and still has the short stories she wrote at about twelve years old.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
My first book, The Space in Between: a Story about Nina, was published in 2012. It is a true story and tells about a Latvian woman whose life was impacted by both world wars and the Russian Revolution. When the situation in Latvia became impossible, Nina was forced to flee her country, not knowing whether she would ever see her loved ones again.
I hope that the book can give readers an idea of what the Baltic countries (and more specifically, Latvia) have experienced as a result of war and Soviet intervention. I also hope that it can help readers understand what it is like to have to flee one’s country and why some people become refugees.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I have almost finished my second novel, and I expect it to be published in the second half of 2014.
Dostoyevsky, Thomas Hardy, Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, Peter Høeg, Alexander McCall Smith, Patrick White… The list goes on and on.
Book you’re currently reading?
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I paint and I also do a lot of long-distance hiking. The longest Walk I have done to date was 1,000kms from Albany to Perth (Western Australia) together with my youngest son.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
If only one person connects fully with what a writer has written, then he/she has been successful.
Where can we learn more about you?
My website: http://diane.eklund.abolins.net