Portobello Book Blog


Orenda Books’ Finnish invasion continues and today I’m sharing a guest post by Antti Tuomainen, who is talking about his interesting and rather long journey to publication.

My Publishing Story by Antti Tuomainen

My first novel was published in the spring of 2006. When I say it like that it sounds as if it’s the most logical and matter-of-factual thing to have to have happened just then. And it wasn’t.

I was 18 or 19 years old when I knew and instinctively decided that I would be a writer. I wrote all kinds of things, but mostly poetry and short stories. I suppose the reason for this was primarily that poems and short stories tend to be, well, on the short side. I also wrote plays – short plays, that goes without saying – with really no idea who would ever stage them. The important thing is that I wrote.

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