About Nina

Short version:
Young Adult author Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where she works as a high school teacher. She studied Nordic literature and languages, English and history at university, and holds an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin. She is an avid and eclectic reader whose bookshelves are bursting despite her e-reader.

Her debut YA novel Supermassive was published by Harmony Ink Press in July 2014. Her second YA novel, Fjord Blue, was published in March 2016, also by Harmony Ink Press. A  third novel, Mick & Michelle, will be published in October 2017.


The slightly more detailed version:
– I live in Trondheim, Norway – a splendid little city founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Today, it’s a renowned university and technology hub, and NTNU is where I got most of my education.

– For my Master’s, I moved to Dublin without liking Guinness or whiskey, and despite my addiction to many other things Irish (primarily literature, history and music), I didn’t evolve in the drinks department during my two years there. The first year I even lived across the street from a pub, The Windjammer, that opened at 7.30 in the morning!

– When I finished my MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD, I was the only Norwegian who had ever graduated with that degree. I might still be.

– I love teaching in high school. I really believe it’s the best job in the world. For me, anyway. As a teen, I occasionally considered studying journalism or diplomacy instead, but I was too shy to even contemplate interviewing strangers, and small talk has never been my forte. Teaching strangers never struck me as too much of a challenge, though!

– I don’t drink coffee. Not tea either. But I love sugar.

– I want to rebuild my house so that one of the bedrooms can be converted into my own library and writing space. But… I can’t chuck out the kid who resides in that room, so right now I write in the living room, facing my bursting bookshelves – and that works splendidly. In the background, my kids either watch TV, read (YES, they like books too!), or make noise, and that’s okay too. I’m definitely not one of those writers who need a quiet space to create anything.

– I’m freckled, and I like it.

– With people I don’t know, I’m rather introverted, and I wish I was more outgoing. I used to be extremely shy, though, so let’s just say that I have come a long long way here. That’s one of the perks of growing older and more confident: I don’t give so much thought to what other people think all the time. I’m still uncomfortable in the spotlight, though – unless I’m teaching, of course.

– I blush easily. It used to be a nightmare, but again, this is something I’ve learned to embrace rather than feel utterly uncomfortable about. No hiding! Rather, I just say “Look at me, you made me blush!” whenever it happens.

– I grew up reading lots and lots of books. Many Saturdays, my parents would take us to the library after the Saturday shopping at OBS! (a co-op grocery store chain in Norway), and I always borrowed as many books as I could. I grew out of children’s books quite early, and the young adult category wasn’t really a thing yet, so I moved on to adult books well before my teens. Sometimes I read simplified versions of classics, which is how I found Jane Eyre. I was so happy to find out there was a longer version of that book! It’s still one of my all-time favourites. I also read The Count of Monte Cristo, and was obsessed with that story for many years. One Norwegian book that really made an impression on the pre-teen me, was Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. I’ve read that book many times, and I never grow tired of it.

– My bookshelves survive and remain standing thanks to the introduction of Kindle into my home. I was super skeptic to this invention – citing my love of the feel of paper between my hands as one reason, and that I didn’t like to read long texts on the computer as another – but my techie husband talked me into trying it. Short story short: I was hooked after a few pages. I have bought more books than ever before, in both paper and e-format, since I got my hands on my first Kindle. Some books I even have both in e-format and in paperback…because they’re so good I need to hand them over to other readers.

– I still borrow many books from the library – there’s a public library at my school, which is super practical for a bookish person 🙂

– I mountain bike (yes, it’s a verb). More so in the past than now, but it’s still the only sport I truly like. I feel very cool when, out riding my favourite forest paths, I meet mountain biking men who look like they’re chasing the devil, they’re so desperate to ride faster than their mates. I take it easier, and I’m sure I have more fun too!

– I love the different seasons in Norway. The never-ending daylight in summer, the darkness in winter… But okay, I could do without the persistent rain and strong side winds (a particularly demanding combination if you walk to work…), and I often wish the summer was longer and warmer.  Especially after experiencing the Norwegian “summer” of 2015.

– I’m a cat person.

– I can knit, quilt, and I occasionally sew clothes.

– I make a really good Irish stew.

– I have way too many ideas for books and not enough time to write them all.

Collage by B. K. Lundheim, from the collection “Medlemmer av Trøndersk Forfatterlag” (2015).


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