Dea Brøvig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of 17. After graduating from Leeds University, she worked in publishing in London for eight years. She graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing MA in 2009. The Last Boat Home is her first novel and it is out now in paperback. Here she tells us where she grew up and the locations that inspired the setting of her wonderful novel…
I moved to Norway from the US at the age of seven and stayed in Oslo until I was 17. Even though it has now been 20 years since I left the country, I still consider it my home. I’ve spent every summer I can remember there, mostly on the southern coast, with its fjords and skerry and beautiful shoreline. It’s a part of the world that fascinates me endlessly. The fictional town where The Last Boat Home is set borrows from real places and is integral to the story.
These days I spend my summers on Tromøya, an island near Arendal, where my partner’s family has a property. I write in the boat shed surrounded by life vests, fishing poles, wet suits, old fenders and other boating paraphernalia.
When we’re there, I’m at my desk by 5a.m. with a thermos of coffee, which I need more for warmth than for the caffeine. I write until noon and spend the rest of the day being Mum. This is my desk:
I write better here than anywhere. It might have something to do with the silence. I suspect the view doesn’t hurt, either.
The Last Boat Home is out now in paperback.