Headshot of author A.R. Frederiksen
As a child, A. R. Frederiksen wanted to be either a hairdresser, a florist, a horse, or an author.

Hair, flowers, and horses sadly haven’t played much part in her road to authoring, but that road has been interspersed with many other vocations such as kitchen worker, university admissions caseworker, B2B copywriter and copyeditor of scientific content, freelance creative writing teacher at undergraduate level, and much more.

Authoring won out when she was introduced to English as a preteen and instantly fell in love with a language much riper and vaster than her own. She’d always enjoyed writing in Danish, but English took it to new heights, and the deal was sealed when she later tried her teenage hand at fanfiction.

Even today, she thinks there’s no sweeter rush than knowing someone will take the time to read the words she’s cooked up somewhere to the left of her brain, sometimes the right, and see themselves reflected in those words.

If she can build a future career in storytelling like the one Guillermo Del Toro has already built for himself, she will consider her job well done (and will keep doing better).