About Charlotte Eriksson:
Charlotte Eriksson is a songwriter, publisher and author from Sweden, currently living on the road somewhere in Europe, wherever the seasons take her. She is the author of Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps, which is the story about how she left everything she had to dedicate her life to her art. Her second book “Another Vagabond Lost To Love: Berlin Stories” will be published in May on “Broken Glass Records: Press & Distribution”. Her prose and poetry has been published on sites like Rebelle Society, Germ Magazine and Monkeybicycle.
What inspires you to write?
The way I can take the ugliest memories, hardest situations and saddest endings and write them in a more beautiful way that is worth remembering. I can shape the way I will remember my own life, and it’s through the memory we value our past.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t believe in writer’s block and for me it doesn’t make sense to force yourself to sit down and write every single day if you don’t have anything to write about. I’d say, write when you have something to say, or go out and live and explore, feel and see until you have something to write about.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn to balance consumption and creation. It’s so easy to just disappear un one of those, to either avoid the writing by just researching or reading, because you don’t feel ready. Or the other way to just try to create without ever taking in any new inspiration or influence. You need both.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I run my own publishing and distribution company “Broken Glass Records” where I release records and publish books. Publishing my own books independently gives me the freedom to launch and create in the way that makes sense to me and my readers. It’s never been a better and more exciting time to be an independent creative, and there are no rules anymore. You can literally create and design your own path.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the stigma of independently published authors will go away little by little, even by the higher society. That means that the indies have to step it up and start viewing themselves as professional authors, with a professional product. In a few years it won’t be obvious to say yes to an advance from a major publishing house. For me, for example, it wouldn’t make sen. I have spent years building a dedicated platform and I can reach them in a more authentic way than a major publishing house ever could.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Memoir, poetry, prose poetry, essays.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print