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Meet Michael Hurd, the author of
Where Is Turnip Troll, and
Other Stories from Lapland


The author of Where Is Turnip Troll - Michael Hurd

Hello! My name is Michael Hurd, and I wrote
the stories for the children's book Where Is
Turnip Troll, and Other Stories from Lapland.

I was born in the United States, and I've lived
in Finnish Lapland for over 30 years. I live in
the town of Rovaniemi, which is located just
a few miles south of the Arctic Circle. For
many years I worked as an English teacher
at the University of Lapland. (If you read
the stories in the book carefully, you might
notice a few references to my work as an
English teacher; there's one about verbs on
p. 90, for example.) I recently retired, and
now I have more time to spend writing and
playing music.

My wife is a Finn. We have three kids who
are adults now (the youngest one turned 20
the summer before the book was published),
but they were still small when I began to

write these stories, and they were my first
audience. You may have noticed that there
is a story dedicated to Emily, one to Nora,
and one to Jonathan. It took me a while to
write the stories and even longer to get
them published. Fortunately, a few years
ago, I met Ulla Etto, the illustrator who
created the wonderful pictures for the book.
I contacted the University of Lapland Press,
and they were interested in publishing
the book. It came out in 2013.

I am one of the co-authors (along with my
friend Richard Foley) of A Learner's Glossary
of Lapland. Besides Where Is Turnip Troll,
I have written poems, novels and children's
stories. In addition to writing, I sing, play
guitar and drums, and write songs for
three bands that are based in Rovaniemi:
The Ramsons, Ringwear and Close Enough.
Every year I ski and walk as much as I can
and pick buckets and buckets of berries.
Lapland is my home.

Mosquito

The picture of me at the top of this page
was taken many years ago by my oldest
daughter Emily on the last day of our family's
five-day hike on the Bear Trail in Eastern
Finland. I'm holding the first cloudberry I
found that summer. I didn't know it at the
time, but there was a mosquito on my
forehead when the picture was taken. I
guess it had plenty of time to get a
good meal!

Book cover
Picture © Ulla Etto