It´s my birthday and I´ll write if I want to

If you are like me, or like Jenny in my debut novel, the title will make you hum, silently or out loud, the Lesely Gore hit: It´s my party and I´ll cry if I want to.

Well, it´s my birthday today, but I have no intention of crying. Actually I will be working all day and in the evening I will (I hope) get some home-baked semla from my husband and congratulations from friends and family.

On Saturday we will celebrate some more, and as "the birthday child" I will be able to do whatever I choose. I know exactly what I want to do.

Many people ask me how I find the time to write novels, being a mother of three and working full-time. And when I talk about the hours here and there that I use for writing, they re-phrase the question.
Hur orkar du?  (How do you find the energy?)
That question always makes me smile.

How do I find the energy to write? By writing. Doing what I really like doing, gives me energy.

So when my husband asked me several years ago (when the kids were smaller and needed more or less continuous attention) what I wanted for my birthday, my answer was simple: I want to have a full day to write.

This birthday I will write. If you are curious about what I am currently writing, take a look at Annikas Läsare: Writing.

It´s my birthday and I´ll write since I want to,
write since I want to, 
write since I want to.
You would write to, if you liked it like me!


  1. Grattis på födelsedagen, Annika! Jag önskar dig en extra energigivande skrivdag. /Hans