Hi there, and welcome to my little corner! ♡
Raised in Linköping, Sweden and then living in Malmö for almost a year, I’m a Swedish girl who’s now living in the U.K. since the end of March 2017. I’ve been a gamer since the age of 5 and am a self-published author since the age of 14.
During most of my working years, I have worked as an administrative assistant in the public sector. I do, however, have a social work degree (B.Sc.) from the University of Linköping.
Back in Sweden I used to run my own business as a professional photographer with focus on wedding photography, pet portraits on location and in studio and concert photography.
In this blog I’ll be sharing my love for writing (Swedish/English), books, tea, photography, animals and gaming. ♡
If you would like to get in touch with me, shoot me an email at: shora @ purrfect.photo.
Also, my cute pixel emojis are from this page.
I recall the time when I was 12 years old and took my first steps into the world of photography using my father’s old, analog camera. Time had not been kind to it – within a few months it stopped working, and the disappointment was a fact when my father shook his head, sighed and said that we wouldn’t be able to get another one, because that one had been an antique.
During the same time frame I had started writing short stories and I also found myself exploring the world of poetry, mainly by writing my own. For hours and hours I would read the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anne Rice and Henning Mankell. Oh, the excitement when Anne Rice’s ‘Queen of the Damned’ premiered at the cinema! ‘Interview with the Vampire’ (and most of the rest of the vampire chronicles) still happens to be one of my favourite books along with John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ (I highly suggest watching the movie adaption with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise).
At the age of 14, I self-published my first book containing short stories and poems, and my second book which only contains short stories was published at the age of 16. Since then, I have had many ideas about my third book, but it wasn’t until recent years that I started writing on a manuscript that I’m 100% comfortable working on. I still regret that day when I took my 300+ pages vampire novel, that I had been working on during my entire summer break from school, and got rid of the script in a moment of burning disappointment and self-doubt.
I received a lot of attention for my written work. I went to schools and organisations and held seminars for hundreds of people, I was on live TV (and made a complete fool of myself – it might have been because my face was covered in heavy make-up which made me feel uncomfortable and that I was so nervous that I actually started stammering), one of the largest publishing houses gave me praise for my manuscript, comparing my style of writing and imagery to some really talented authors (but did point out that I was still ‘too young’ in their eyes to be published, as they probably assumed that I would stop writing as I grew older). I received a letter from Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden, written by her lady in waiting, in regards to my work, as well as a letter from Henning Mankell himself, one of my favourite authors.
Nowadays I try to combine photography and writing. One of my dreams is to have an exhibition with my own poetry and photographs displayed in a gallery. I also dream about going to that famous cat island in Japan and document the life of the stray cats for a few weeks using my camera, a notepad and a pen.
Ah, Japan. It’s my home on the other side of the world – I’ve been to Tokyo 3 times and I’m sure I’ll go there at least a few more times before I get old and grey. ❤
× my family
× J, the one with the key to my heart
× my pets
× my best friends Mariam, Inger and Eva
× cats, dogs and other animals
× black & white photography
× the smell of the rain
× K-drama and J-drama
× KAT-TUN, MINUE and Ghost, among many other bands