Hazel and Holly Selling Now on Amazon

By Karen Hagersten

Hazel and Holly by Sara C. Snider was published in May. The fun and quirky fantasy adventure sells on Amazon, in Kindle and paperback formats. Hazel and Holly is also available at Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Google Play

In Hazel and Holly, Hazel’s deeply held beliefs are shattered when she sets out to save her mother’s soul from the grips of dark magic. She ventures from the safe confines of natural magic to forbidden necromancy, opening her eyes to romance and the enduring love between two very different sisters. 

Sara crafts her stories from her explorations of her natural surroundings. She says, “The characters in Hazel and Holly were born entirely from what the tree names inspired in me. It’s the story I let myself have fun with, and I hope readers will have fun reading it.” 

Sara C. Snider found her way to the deep dark northern woods of Sweden from sunny northern California. She is a full-time writer. Other works by Sara C. Snider include The Thirteenth Tower, A Shadowed Spirit, and The Forgotten Web.

The Thirteenth Tower and A Shadowed Spirit are from the Tree and Tower series.

Packed Performance of Selling Simone

By Karen Hagersten

Selling Simone, written and directed by Irish playwright Gary Clarke, opened to a full house on Friday, May 17, in Stockholm, Sweden. The play was performed by the Stockholm Players in collaboration with Folkuniversitetet. This three-act play within a play, in English, has a running time of approximately 60 minutes.

In Selling Simone, playwright and director Sam finds her play about French philosopher Simone Weil suddenly hijacked by the charming Walt two days before opening night. The cast of four women and two men battle out the needs of being true to oneself while seeking artistic recognition amid the perils of trusting in oneself and others. Sexual attraction and gender equality issues feed a constant, underlying tension that threatens to erupt at any moment.

Clarke adds, “The crux of the play, for me, which was developed through drafts and critique from the Stockholm Writers Group, is the importance of owning your own ‘story’ and winning it back if it’s taken from you. This is the plot of Selling Simone in a nutshell, and I hope the writing in the play is successful in delivering, what is I think, an important message.”  

Gary Clarke is an award-winning playwright and director with productions in London, Dublin, Geneva, Brussels, and Stockholm, where he lives and teaches English and drama. His other works include Hey, Hey Good-Looking, Blues for Billy, both produced by Soho Theatre and Stepping Out of a Dream.



Stockholm Writers Group Remembers Marti G. Parker

Marti G. Parker was a founding member of the Stockholm Writers Group and was active in it from 1994 to 2015. Marti was born in upper New York state but spent much of her childhood in Alaska. In the 1970s, she came to Sweden and worked as a nurse’s aide, physical therapist, and English teacher before studying social work. Eventually she became a professor of social gerontology at the Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institutet, where she researched the daily lives of old people.

“It’s not surprising that one or two old people always find their ways into my stories,” Marti said. She published two novels under the pseudonym Martha Gale, Knowing Place and Knowing Past.

Marti died in 2017 following a long illness. Her warmth, generosity, and honesty continue to motivate the Stockholm Writers Group.

An anthology on Marti’s recurring themes of aging, death, and foreignness will be published by the Group in the spring of 2019. The anthology will include pieces by Marti G. Parker and others, primarily current and former members of SWG.

Singapore Wept by Cas Blomberg, published now in Zetetic

by Karen Hagersten

Singapore Wept is really about making sense of senseless violence. “It's a survivor's tale,” says Cas Blomberg. “In the end as human beings, we find something, anything to keep us moving forward. We don't give up or give in to despair. It's a short story about loss, but it's also about perseverance and healing.” 

Read the story at Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry. Other Cas Blomberg books and short stories are available on Amazon and Smashwords. For a list of her work see Cas Blomberg Publications

Cas writes speculative fiction and poetry and loves creating impossible and strange worlds. Her stories’ exploration of darkness and light creates a whole in which it is possible to confront demons. Cas also writes about women as they tackle life. Cas joined the Stockholm Writers Group in 2014.

“If even one person relates to one of my characters in a meaningful way, I've succeeded as an author,” says Cas. Visit her blog at www.casblomberg.com.

Stockholm Writers Festival, April 13–15, 2018

by Karen Hagersten

The Stockholm Writers Group is excited about the upcoming Stockholm Writers Festival, April 13–15, 2018! Keynote speaker Elinor Lipman will share her "one-sentence-at-a-time" process. Agents, authors and editors from Stockholm and elsewhere will be speaking and leading workshops on the theme Find Your Path to Published. Topics will cover what’s happening in the publishing industry and pitching, but also on the craft of writing.

SWGers look forward to meeting other writers at the Stockholm Writers Festival http://stockholmwritersfestival.com/#menu-home. Some are also planning to submit the first five pages of their current works to the festival’s First Pages Contest—which is actually open to unagented writers anywhere in the world—but this has to happen before March 13!

Stockholm Writers Group member Catherine Pettersson has been active in founding and organizing the festival. Former members are also involved. Cassie Gonzales will be sharing her work and leading workshops on manuscript makeover and getting to the subtext of a narrative, Paddy Kelly will be speaking, and Kim Golden Malmgren will lead a workshop on building your platform in indie publishing.


New book in Tree and Tower series by Sara C. Snider

by Karen Hagersten

A Shadowed Spirit is the second book in the Tree and Tower series by Stockholm writer Sara C. Snider.  In the first book in the series, The Thirteenth Tower, young Emelyn journeys out into the world after her village is attacked by magical creatures. In facing her fears, Emelyn, too, becomes a creature of magic.

In A Shadowed Spirit, Emelyn—now a magical And’estar called Siyan—heads into the dense and dangerous forest searching for knowledge of her powers. What Siyan doesn’t know is that she, too, is being hunted by a woman named Addigan searching for answers of her own.

Both books of the Tree and Tower series are available on Amazon and most online retailers in both paperback and ebook formats. Read about them on Goodreads. 

Sara C. Snider has a bachelor's degree in Archives and Information Science. She loves fairy tales and forests, and frequently infuses both into her stories. Originally from northern California, Sara now lives in Sweden with her partner and two crazy cats. 

 Visit saracsnider.com for more!

Reading at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

by Cas Blomberg

On April 7th, 2016 the English Bookshop in Stockholm set out chairs, poured the wine and opened up the floor for four members of the Stockholm Writers Group to read their poetry and prose to guests. 

Rebecca Lynn Foreman writes a poem every day and she has a stack of journals to prove it. For this event, she presented some of her more recent poems ranging in themes from airplane neighbors to nature.

Rebecca Lynn Foreman reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

You might ask yourself if anything is better than yoga, and the answer is, yes, Sara Hendey's poems! Sara chose a selection of poems from her completed work, “Patanjali’s Eggs,” a hybrid collection of prose and poetry focusing on the traditions and practices of yoga. 

Sara Hendey reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Cas Blomberg read an excerpt from her work in progress, a fantasy novel titled Flameborne, which is a sequel to the published Ashborne: The First Chronicle. Flameborne is in the final stages of editing and is expected to be released in 2016. 

Cas Blomberg reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Ron Pavellas writes poetry and prose, but for this event he chose a variety of poems written during the chilly month of November, 2014, which included a lovely selection of Haiku and even a Haiban celebrating cinnamon. 

Ron Pavellas reads at the English Bookshop in Stockholm

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and we'd like to extend a special thank you to the English Bookshop in Stockholm for hosting us. If you missed us, we hope to see you next time!