Can you tell us too about the writing collective that you are part of and your podcast? They’re such different creative outlets! What do you as writer gain from stretching your creative muscles like this?
”It´s hard to describe, even the first time everyone in my writers collective Fear (Fruktan) met, I just felt as if I had found a new home. Just the feeling of being able to blur out things like “So how would a hive-mind work practically?” or “Would you go to Mars if you´d never be able to return?” and people start to discuss it seriously without looking at you as if you escaped from an asylum. Actually, I can do that at my job as well, now that I think of it. At work, we even have a laminated list on how we would handle a zombie apocalypse. In short, I´m surrounded by excellent people.
But back to Fear, to be part of a writer’s collective transforms writing from something you do alone to something you do together with others. We write short stories together on themes or in the same setting, publish them in our podcast and meet every second week to write and explore ideas. I guess it’s a lot similar to the sense of belonging that fanfiction creates in communities, but the difference is that we actually create the world and the character ourselves before we write our different takes on it. Being part of Fear gives me a free creative zone without limitations and every time we meet I feel that nothing is impossible.”
Read the interview with author Boel Bermann, member of the writers collective Fruktan here: