About Me

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Short bio

Berit Ellingsen’s novel Not Dark Yet will be published by Two Dollar Radio in November 2015.  She is the author of the short story collection Beneath the Liquid Skin (firthFORTH Books) and the novel Une Ville Vide (PublieMonde). Her work has appeared in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, SmokeLong Quarterly, Unstuck, Litro, and other places, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the British Science Fiction Award. Berit divides her time between Norway and Svalbard in the Arctic.


Longer bio

Two Dollar Radio will publish my novel Not Dark Yet in November 2015. Here’s an interview about the novel.

My collection of short stories, Beneath the Liquid Skin, was published by firthFORTH Books / Queen’s Ferry Press in 2012.

In 2013, my novel The Empty City, was translated by François Bon and published in French as Une Ville Vide by PublieMonde / PublieNet.

My work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Smokelong Quarterly, Unstuck, Birkensnake, Litro, and others. Selected published stories here.

In 2012, one of my stories was nominated for the Pushcart prize and another for the British Science Fiction Award.

I’m a member of the Norwegian Author Association (Den Norske Forfatterforening).

I live in Norway and write in English and go to Svalbard in the Arctic as often as I can.

I admit to pining for the fjords when abroad.


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Selected Interviews

An interview about multiculturalism and writing in another language than your first, on the website for and about women writers, Books by Women.

The five places that have inspired my stories the most – in the Pornokitsch Blog.

About the weird and writing – in the Weird Fiction Review.

Research Notes for The Empty City – in Necessary Fiction.

About Sovetskoye Shampanskoye – in Smokelong Quarterly.


9 thoughts on “About Me

    1. :) Thanks a lot for reading and commenting, Robin. I enjoyed the fiction and travel stories on your blog a lot. You are clearly a man of the world.

  1. I am intrigued by your references to non – duality and I think I will need to read your book to explore and understand. Is your interview with Non-Duality Magazine (About Non-Duality and Writing) somewhere to be found on line anywhere? Thank you for your comments on Dead Goat Society, by the way! mgm

  2. OK -You got me! I just purchased The Empty City. I think it is the book I need to be reading right at this moment. Don’t know why – just know. Funny how these things work. Will report back at some point. Peace! mgm

    1. Hi Michael!

      Thank you very much for asking and reading. :)

      I’m glad you found the interview, it might explain a little.

      Maybe the most well known nondual philosophy is zen. Also, mindfulness training has become very popular the recent years. They both have a lot in common with nonduality. It can be approached in many different ways.

      Ekchart Tolle’s The Power of Now is also a simple and easy to read introduction to both mindfulness and nonduality.

      I know what you mean about the right books coming at the right time.

      This is a good essay too, by Scott Kiloby:

      Sorry for the late answer. I wasn’t much online yesterday.


    1. That is very kind of you!

      Thank you so much for nominating my blog!

      Very happy to hear you’re enjoying my stories! There’s more coming throughout the year.

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