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An Interview with Johanna Sinisalo

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My interview with Johanna Sinisalo is now live at The Nebula Awards site. If you haven't had a chance to read her novelette "Baby Doll," which was on the final award ballot for this year's Nebula, let me say it's quite a wicked yet fascinating piece. A story I don't think I'll ever forget. It was a pleasure getting to know Johanna and conducting this interview. Special thanks to charlesatan  for the opportunity.
 
 
 
Johanna Sinisalo was born in 1958 in Sodankylä, Finnish Lapland, and now lives in the town of Tampere. She has studied theatre and drama and worked in advertising for 15 years before becoming a full-time writer. She started her writing career with sf/f short stories, and has this far been awarded with the national Atorox Award for the best domestic sf/f short story seven times. She has also written a generous amount of reviews, articles, comic scripts and screenplays, and edited two anthologies, including The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy.
 
Sinisalo’s debut novel Not Before Sundown a.k.a. Troll – a Love Story got the most prestigious literary award in Finland, the Finlandia Prize in the year 2000, and tied the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 2004.
 
She has published three other novels and a story collection and her works have been translated to almost twenty languages.

 

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alaneer
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Nice interview, Marshall. She sounds like a fascinating person.
marshallpayne1
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sophy. Yes, she really is. :-)
stillnotbored
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
That was a great interview. I want to read her book now too. :)

My to read list is growing by leaps and bounds.
marshallpayne1
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jaime! Yes, I afraid most of us are so behind on our reading we shall never catch up. ;-)
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marshallpayne1
Aug. 12th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
asakiyume
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Great interview!

To attend the Finnish sff con is free?! I wish they would also pay me to fly over!

I would love to see Finland one day. And Finnish is a beautiful-sounding language.
marshallpayne1
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Francesca!

In a perfect world we could just materialize there speaking perfect Finnish. :-)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Finncon
Actually, you can materialize in Finland any time and find almost everyone speaking English, much more fluently and with better grammar than I could ever do.

Johanna Sinisalo
marshallpayne1
Aug. 14th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Finncon
*hee*

Thanks for stopping by, Johanna. And thanks for the great interview! *g*
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