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August 2, 2003
(translation by Gunnella and edited by Bruce)
Captures subject material in the historic island.
Childish humor characterizes the author of 43 children's books.
He wants to be nowhere else but here.
Bruce McMillan, the writer from the states, has stayed in Iceland many times making children's books that are very popular in the states. This summer he has been in Breiðafjörður and the northern part of the country.
He is now on his fifteenth visit to Iceland and says that he is so very lucky to be traveling here, not as tourist but getting to know Icelanders through the eyes of an Icelander. I have so many Icelandic friends that I like to bother them, make them happy, by visiting them with long and unexpected visits he says and laughs loudly.
A childlike humor is one of his strongest characteristics that first you notice right away when you first meet him and maybe it isn't too much of a surprise because so far he has written forty-three children's books and is working on nine more (correction - four more here in Iceland). Workaholic?
"No, I'm just having so much fun with what is happening in my head, I just don't want to miss what is happening in there," he says.
This is Bruce McMillan, the writer, the photographer from Maine, USA, who probably has done more for introducing Iceland to the US than many others in that field.
A few of his books take place in Iceland where the people are Icelandic and the story is put forth in Icelandic reality. He makes the stories as photographic stories and then he writes the text with strength and enthusiasm in the stories that make them absolutely incredible. Despite his joyful attitude, McMillan is a complete professional right down to his fingertips, a perfect professional, and his books are very popular in the states as the editions of his books shows.
"I get an idea for a story like in Nights of the Pufflings that happens in Vestmannaeyjar, and then I start by living in that place and taking all of the photos that I need for the story. Then I go home to Maine and write the story with the photos. Sometimes I need more photos to add and so I go back to Iceland to take more photos. Then I finish the story and I also design the book because, for me, this part of the whole process."
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