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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

• How did you get so interested in Iceland?
• Have you been to Iceland much?
• What are you working on right now?
• What else have you written?
• Do you do talks about travel in Iceland?
• And when you are not writing?
• And?

  • How did you get so interested in Iceland?
  • I went on a summer hiking tour the first time and knew I wanted to see more of that amazing landscape. After a few trips I realized that the landscape is entirely volcanic, and that is the key to understanding what I am seeing. When I started learning about the volcanoes’ history, I heard and read folktales and historic anecdotes about them, too.
  • Have you been to Iceland much?
  • I have spent a couple weeks in Iceland every year since 2007. I have explored new areas on each trip, which is pretty cool since it isn’t all that big.
  • What are you working on right now?
  • Right now I am working on photos and maps for a book I have recently written for actual and armchair travelers about Iceland’s volcanoes. It includes stories about each of the volcanoes because they help distinguish the geologic features—and because the tales are important to Icelandic culture. (The text was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest this summer.)
  • Do you do talks about travel in Iceland?
  • I love to share my photos and information about Iceland and its culture. I have given slideshows to outdoor clubs, libraries and senior centers. If you would like me to speak to your group, let me know and let’s see what we can work out.
  • And when you are not writing?
  • As you might suspect from the non-Iceland posts, I love to hike and explore the outdoors—mostly in the Pacific Northwest. When there is decent snow, I enjoy Nordic skiing. I don’t bike and paddle as much as I would like to. And I dream about more international travel!
  • And?
  • My husband blogs about creative solutions to the weight of backpacking equipment. We don’t have any pets but I do have visitation privileges to a herd of Icelandic sheep, a few Scottish cattle and a great view of the Independence Valley from the ridge where my Icelandic tutor lives.

Goðan daginn!

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