Interview with Marianne Wagner by The Writers’ Lens

Interview with Marianne Wagner on The Writers’ Lens


Post-war Norway sets stage for love triangle gone wrong

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Welcome to MARIANNE WAGNER, who grew up in Norway before leaving her studies of Law in Oslo and traveling to London where she sang and played in bands. While in London, she studied Existential Psychotherapy and embarked on a journey of physical and spiritual healing. She has a son and now lives in Devon.

What brings fiction into focus for you? When a character comes to life–you recognise a part of yourself within the fictional persona and start wondering if it could under some other circumstance have been you thinking and feeling as he/she does, perhaps in a different place, amongst different people? At times through a fictional person you can gain some deeper understanding of yourself or those close to you.

What do you think readers will like about your book? I think the readers may be able to identify with some of my characters, which all have some very positive sides but are also all flawed, caught up in their own insecurities, needs and desires. In their struggle to get through their days and find some happiness they create obstacles and general havoc both for themselves and the people they love. – and then when they think they have found some stability the unexpected happen…

What makes your book/characters unique? This story, about Othilie, her two husbands and four daughters, is set in post-war Norway and gives a unique insight into Norwegian society and culture, much influenced by the prevalence of the icy climate as well as repeated loss of sovereignty to other powers, first the Danish, then the Swedes and lastly during Otti’s own childhood, five years of German occupation.

What tune/music could be the theme song for your book? The theme song to Otti’s Escape would be Wonderful life by Black: Alluring and bitter-sweet.

OTTI’S ESCAPE: During the post-war euphoria of new possibilities and freedoms, Othilie decides to marry the wealthy Fredrik Holst, in spite of a warning from their mutual friend Bernard before the wedding insinuating that Fred has a mistress.

However, Otti soon discovers that her new freedom comes at a price. As their relationship becomes increasingly acrimonious, Fred finally goes too far and finds himself in a position where he can no longer return to their home.

Finding comfort in her old friend Bernard, Othilie. tries to move on, but disaster strikes and Ottis inability to conceal her grief throws open the door on the charade that is supposed to be her new love. As her family disintegrates around her, the echoes of her flight from the Nazi invasion ring down through the years, as again Otti has to flee her home. Can Otti escape her fate this time?

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Otti’s Escape will be 99p on ebook stores for all of December!

You can find Mairanne Wagner at: Webpage:


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