So, these last couple of weeks have been hectic! I’ve had no less than two newspaper interviews, two radio interviews, and one television interview! Wow. It has been such a ride and so much fun. Slightly nerve wracking too but in an exciting kind of way. My first interview was for “Skive Folkeblad” and even though the journalist who interviewed me was kind and skilled, I could sense that the technical stuff about how I code my Episodes was perhaps slightly confusing to him. Maybe it just is confusing to us Danes or maybe I just suck at explaining technical stuff like that?
I had another interview after that but this time it was with Radio Skive and my god, I was so nervous! But once again I was met with so much kindness and interest in what I do, I knew I didn’t have to be nervous. But this was the first time since I had been on a sick leave, for a very long time I might add, that I could actually talk about my job! It was weird hearing myself say that this is now actually my job.
I think the Danish media really like my personal story for that exact reason. I found Episode while I was at my absolute lowest. I seriously needed something to distract me from myself and my non-helpful thinking styles. Episode couldn’t have shown up at a better time for me. I found myself getting up at 5 am to go write on “The Teacher”. Daniel, my fiancé, thought I was crazy and he, like so many others, didn’t understand it either.
It was a way for me to escape my life, my problems and my desire for control. Was my story well thought out? Nope. Was it perfect? Far from! But it was my escape.
As I wrote more and more, I slowly started to take it more seriously. Because let’s be honest, when I started writing, I never expected my story to get as popular as it did. So, did I honestly bother reading the guidelines? Nope. Of course, that had consequences and I was soon after asked to change scenes, but that’s a whole other story. Anyway, taking it seriously is also something I’ve always done with projects I start. I know one of my greatest strengths is that whenever I want to learn something, I won’t stop until I’ve learned it. I’ve always been like that. When I wanted to sing, play the piano, the guitar, paint, and even speak Spanish, I have a drive when it’s something I really want to master. Of course, I haven’t mastered any of those things mentioned above but it has been enough for me to enjoy doing it and once again, they’ve all been a way for me to express myself and also a way for me to escape.
I’m sure the Danish media love a story like this because it’s kind of like a “Happy Ending” story. I’m able to live well by doing what I love. I feel like I have colleagues in the Episode team and in my fellow authors so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the social front at all. Jesus, I have over 100k followers on Instagram?! That must count for some social points at least, ha ha.
My interview with “Radio Viborg” and “Viborg Stift Folkeblad” went really well too. What I’ve enjoyed the most about this whole experience is the opportunity I got to introduce the Danes to something I love and something I felt has saved me in so many ways, Episode. We might be a small country, so making it big here isn’t as hard as in the States, but I’d like to think I could inspire some little Dane, such as myself, to bet on her dreams too, just like I did.
To think that the most followed Episode author would be a girl from little Denmark, who’s native tongue isn’t even English, is simply too far fetched. But it’s true and I couldn’t be prouder of myself for defeating my demons and making something for myself and for the life I have and want with Daniel.
Lastly, the television interview with “TV MIDTVEST” was probably one of the proudest moments of my life. I think I had gotten used to thinking I wasn’t worth anything, I wasn’t doing anything for anyone and my life was such a huge mess, that I never imagined people would find me and my story interesting to such an extent as to make a short feature on TV about my life. But they did and I was beyond honored and was once again met by a really nice reporter/camera man who came to our apartment and conducted the interview there.
So, to finish it all off, I’d just like to thank all the media who took interest in my story. I’d also like to thank my family and the love of my life, Daniel, for supporting me, even when it was new and weird and only a hobby. It turned out to be a truly life-changing experience and I’m so grateful that God gave me a second chance at life.
Thank you to my followers and loyal readers, friends and fellow authors for supporting me and helping me be the best me that I can be. Lastly, thanks to you who’ve read this.