Caroline Somp

Caroline Somp

Caroline Somp likes living simply and thoughtfully. When she moved to the southeast of England from Sweden she instantly fell in love with the magic of ancient forests, quaint villages, wooded lanes, and soft hills of the countryside. Surrounded by fields, old beech trees and clear starry skies she lives with her partner in a cottage on a hill where she loves the small pleasures in life. She is the author of A Year of Little Things: 100 Simple Ways to Be Happy.

Q & A

1.) If you could visit any time, place, or person, when, where, or who would you visit?
The time in Jeam M. Auel's series Earth Children. The life people seem to live in her books resonates with me---the simplicity and rhythm in tune with nature, the creativity that is incorporated into daily life, the knowledge and skill to gather food, heal, and create. I love walking, living the simple life, and having few, but useful and cherished possessions.
2.) If you could be any other person, animal, plant, etc... for a day, who or what would you be and why?
Oh, a dog, for sure! To be able to dash off at break-neck pace for the joy of running, wolf down my food, stretch out on my favorite blanket without a worry in the world, stick a wet nose in a loved one's ear, sniff the wealth of smells in the woods, and lift my head to strangers for a scratch behind the ear.
3.) What's the most sentimentally valuable possession you own?
A black and white photo of my grandma at age 6, from the 1930s. She's sitting on a tall work horse smiling and she is not much bigger than the horse's head! She was my best friend growing up. Like me, she loved nature and animals, and had a delightful personality---quiet, humble, and wise, but also not to be messed with and also funny. I would go and visit her and we'd have our own peculiar discussions, go for walks and laugh, or be quiet together. Her picture is the first thing to go up when I move places.
4.) Besides being an author, what is your fantasy job?
My dream job would be working for myself, having my own little creative business. I love working with my hands and already have one dream job nearly accomplished---being an acupuncturist. Photography, being my other passion, would make my life complete. I love everything about selling prints (which I already do to a small extent)---dreaming up the setting, taking the photo, playing around in Photoshop, designing notecards, coming up with unconventional promotions, planning craft fairs, gathering inspiration. Imagine waking up to that every day? I'd love it! Down to the wrapping up and hand writing recipient labels, it doesn't feel like work.
5.) What music, food, drink, toys, etc... do you keep by your side when you're writing?
Most work I do happens on the floor. I love spreading out with all my things surrounding me in piles, tapping away on my laptop. Upbeat music, is a given---I've got to have that rhythm and that happy feeling it invokes in me to keep going. Once I'm in the flow of work I can keep at it for hours on end---I love that feeling. Louis Armstrong, The Weepies, Fleet Foxes, Buck 65, The Flaming Lips, Nina Simone, all sorts of music really. A tall glass of water is another thing. I do like my water.


A Year of Little Things

Caroline Somp

A Year of Little Things is a gentle guide to making every moment count, inviting you to slow down and embrace the simple pleasures of daily life. Beautifully illustrated with evocative...