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Lorna Landvik, featured author at the Book Club Blast, loves “good lookin’ Scandinavians”

She loves “good lookin’ Scandinavians” and Minnesota’s progressive history. Meet featured author Lorna Landvik at the Book Club Blast.

Lorna Landvik will talk about “Book Clubs and Me” at the Book Club Blast. More than 130 people have already registered. Event details here.

MinnPost: Tell us about your latest book release.

Lorna Landvik: My latest published book is “’Tis the Season” (Ballantine Books), a holiday book released in December 2008.

It’s about a young celebrity “bad girl” named Caroline Caro Dixon, who tries to achieve sobriety and change her negative public image.

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I am currently working on a new novel.

MP: Which writers or works have been the strongest influences on your own writing?  

LL: Maude Hart Lovelace and her “Betsy-Tacy” series influenced me very much when I was a girl; I identified with Betsy, who wanted to be a writer, as well as the friends’ girl-power.  

I also loved “Caddie Woodlawn” by Carol Ryrie Brink — I found her a little more wild than Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

Later favorites/influences include Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Flannery O’Connor, 

Tom Robbins, Anne Tyler…and any good writer I’m reading at any given moment.  

MP: What do you love most about living in Minnesota?

LL: I love our beautiful park system and love that I can live in a big city and yet have two lakes, a waterfall, and a river all within easy walking distance.

I love the seasons and their colors — the greens of spring and summer, the golds and reds of autumn and the whiteness of winter (before everything turns to slush).  

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I’m also a big fan of our state’s progressive history and all the good lookin’ Scandinavians!