FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions - Timo Parvela, kirjailija

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Dear student,

before you ask me if I could do your literature presentation for you, please read the text below. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions!

1. How old are you ?

Although I consider myself forever young I'm turning 50 on the 19th of May, 2014.


2. Where do you live ?

In Kirkkonummi. It is a town about 30 kilometers west from Helsinki. After we moved here I started skiing which was rather smart because we have the lowest snow rate here in Finland and probably the worst tracks.

We live in a house in the countryside and if you look out of the window there are only fields. Except during winter - the only thing you see is your own reflection.


3. Why did you decide to become an author ?

I've always found stories very interesting. I take writing a story as a challenge, like a puzzle or a mission. And I still aim to write every new book a bit better and more fascinating somehow.


4. How many books have you written ?

I cannot remember. But there is a list on this website where you can see every book I've ever written and that's how you'll find out the answer. Given that you've paid attention in the math class, of course.


5. Which one of your books is the thickest ?

Probably Louhi, which part of the Sammon Vartijat - Trilogy.


6. Where do you get the ideas for your books ?

It varies a lot, to be honest. Sometimes from my own life (not too often though because even seeing two birds on the bird feeder at the same time is a big thing for me. And yes, that's how exciting my life is sometimes.) Every now and then I read something, hear something or see something but usually I have no other option than asking my wife. She's a teacher and teachers are rather good at giving titles for stories.


7. Did you like teaching ?

I did. But I consider myself as a better author than a teacher and I think my former students agree with me.


8. What is your favorite food?

A crispy, fried perch fillet. (Preferably a self caught one)


9. What is your favourite colour ?



10. Who is your favourite author ?

I've got three: A.A Milne (Winnie The Pooh), Ian McEwan and Annie Proulx.


11. Describe your typical working day?

Getting to work: 

I walk my dogs Muru and Pate for about 45 minutes. On the way I grab the newspaper. I serve the dogs their breakfast, take a shower and when I get back Muru and Pate have dragged their favourite toys to the living room and they're waiting for me on the carpet to come play with them. So I play with them for a bit, eat my own breakfast and read the newspaper from cover to cover.


I park myself in front of the computer for about 2 to 5 hours. My minimum is two pages of text a day. Those two pages are actually the maximum as well. So I write two pages a day and I have approximately 180 work days per year.

After work:

I pop into the supermarket. I often prepare dinner for the whole family. And for the rest of the day I usually become one with the sofa...


12. Do you have any hobbies?

I ski whenever it is possible (read section 2.) I read books. But most of all I watch movies and TV - shows. My ultimate favourite TV - shows are The Wire, House of Cards, True Detective, Weeds, Game of Thrones, Sopranos, Deadwood, Rome, Silta,  Vallan linnake and Treme.


13. What things are important to you?

I am flagging for tolerance. I am worried about the news coming from all over the world, saying that more and more people are narrow-minded. World is a spacious place, we have enough room for different people to live side by side.

Reading is important. It is not just a nice hobby. It is a skill and without it, it is pretty hard to survive in this world.

Did you know, that in a family where parents read stories to their child, he/she has already heard 20 million words more by the age of three compared to a child in a family where it is not a habit to read anything to the child. Would you like to give a present to your child? Give 20 million words.