Kim M Kimselius is my biggest inspiration in writing. She was the one who (three years ago) made me believe in that I – as a teen – could write. I’m very happy to be able to share this interview with you all. Kim is still my big inspiration, and now a friend of mine, since I was at one of her amazing writing courses.

Kim is a Swedish author who has published over 40 books (mostly historical adventure books) since she published her first book, Back to Pompeii. Her books have been read and loved by people in all ages. She holds writing courses, and visits schools to inspire young people to read.

Now, to the interview

Hi Kim! How old were you when you first started writing, and what was it that made you start?

I wrote my first book when I was eight years old, and that was when I decided that I wanted to be an author. I had an older sister, Birgitta, who was four years older than me and liked to have a school for me.

You’ve written over 40 books, how do you get all the ideas?

To the historical adventure books I often get the ideas when I long to learn something about a special subject, or a special place.

The readers often give me tips on what to write about.

How do you have time to write so many books?

To be able to write as many books as I do, discipline is a must. You can’t just sit and wait for inspiration, you just have to sit down and write.

How can one handle self doubt in writing?

If you only write on and don’t read what you’ve written until the whole story is completed, you often get impressed of how good the text sounds. Much better than if you read it right after you’ve written it.

What do you say about writer’s block? Is it a real thing, and how do you cure it?

I have a lot of tips on how to cure writer’s block in my book “Att hitta glädje I skrivandet”. I want to share one tip here: Don’t feel sorry for yourself because you have writer’s block, sit down and write instead, and the writer’s block will pass.

Lastly, what tip would you like to give all the young writers at TAJ?

Write from your heart, about what you’re passionate about. Don’t think about that someone else will read what you’ve written, write to yourself, and your story will be the best possible. Good luck!



Here’s a link to Back to Pompeii:

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Irma is 14 years old and since she started taking her writing for serious she has written novels in many different genres. She has written two of the short stories in the anthology “Morden på Färgargården”, which was published in 2017. She has also got prizes in competitions.

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