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  • In the beginning of 21st century I was very interested of my family history. I have mentioned in my earlier story Waterways that there are deep links in my family with water.

    My journey of exploration sort of got out of hand. First I just decided to collect a few memories during one weekend. After interviewing my both Grandmas I decided spontaneously to write a book. And then I found myself writing a trilogy, not just about my family but also about first decades of Finland as an independent nation. 1300+ pages. Instead of one weekend it took me seven years.

    After I had written second part, Small Heaven, in 2004 I was in crisis with my writing. I was totally exhausted and felt I had spent too much time in archives with cobwebs and napthalene balls. I didn’t have much enthusiasm to continue a story.

    And then one winter morning I received a letter from a beardy gold digger in Lapland. He had found a placer deposit in Lemmenjoki, Love River. He wrote that he had heard about my book from radio when warming up his hands after cold river water, and could I please send the book to him because the nearest book shop was about 500 kilometres away and he wouldn’t like to leave his placer deposit in fear of some nasty bastard robbing it.

    The letter sounded so absurd I went to post office and sent my Small Heaven to some odd address dozens of kilometres from Love River. Gold digger’s friend could carry the book with provisions from there.

    And that was it, or so I thought. Then, one day, I received another letter. Inside it was a tube and in tube there were gold nuggets. The gold digger thanked for the book and wrote that because he had some difficulties to get to the bank in wintertime (few hundred kilometres travel through snow drifts, or so) he preferred to send me some gold. He sincerely hoped he could read the story onwards.

    The next day, I sat down and started to write.
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