Interview: Diane Eklund-Abolins

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.

cover imageI 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.

Favorite authors?

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:

My blog:

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7 Comments on "Interview: Diane Eklund-Abolins"

  1. Thanks so much, Cherie.


    Cherie Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by, Diane


  2. Good interview, Cherie — wishing Diane much success with her books…
    Billy Ray


    Cherie Reply:

    Thanks, Billy Ray!


  3. Thank you so much, Billy Ray.


  4. Ã… huff og ja.. nei jeg vet nesten ikke hva jeg skal si.Det er et tøft valg Ã¥ velge Ã¥ dele dette. Takk for at du gjør det. Jeg skal i alle fall følge med dere og heie ikke mindre pÃ¥ den lille, tapre, vakre gutten!(ps Jeg har selv hatt kreft, da jeg var veldig mye yngre enn nÃ¥ men dog ikke et lite (!) barn. Det Ã¥ være forelder tror jeg mÃ¥ være enda tøffere. Egentlig mye tøffere. MaeÃkslt¸sheten mÃ¥ være uendelig.)


  5. If you want to count Arabs as White you'd better say "long nose round eyes" instead. But Arabs are really a language group, like Latinos. So how about classifying by mother tongue, and push for English First. Bring American-born Blacks and West Indians on board, exclude Spanish-speakers of ever hue. Restrict AA to American-born Blacks and Native Amercans.


  6. More recently, LCWR expressed outrage after it was sanctioned by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this year, following an investigation into its liberal advocacy.More like doctrinal errors . . . .


  7. Le brocart n’est pas ringard, la tapisserie c’est la vie ! On fait un club ça te dit ? ;D Moi aussi j’aime beaucoup ce type de motif. bises bises


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