Norwegian chat @ VG Offices (Norway) - February, 25th 2000

   Chat begins:

   Hello everyone! I am now ready to answer your questions and
   try to do the best I can. I had never imagined that I would
   win so many prizes. My career has been very different from
   what I expected it to be. I thought that maybe I would sell
   somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 cd's, now it has sold
   like 1 million. It is actually quite unbelievable, and I have
   a hard time realizing it is really happening.

   Q: Hi Lene, we wish you all the best tonight during the award ceremony.
   We as usual are sitting here ready to update with
   even more good news, in addition to the over one hundred articles we
   have posted over the past year. We are prepared to follow you further
   as you go down the road and we hope that you are your supporting
   people want us to. To everyone else, the answers you don't find here
   you can probably find at

   A: Thank you very much. I will show up tonight without great
   expectations for the evening, like I usually do. I do admit that I am
   feeling some pressure about tonight. In either case, I prefer to be
   surprised over disappointed. We will just have to see how it goes.
   I do want to say thanks for all the support I have received, it really
   does mean a lot...

   Q: Are you planning to devote your career to music or are you
   thinking about working on other careers at the same time, and if so,
   which ones? I hope in any case that you release at least one more album,
   and that it is as good as this current one, before you change your career.

   A: Of course I am hoping to continue on as a music artist. I have
   written all the songs for the next album, and am looking forward to
   beginning the recording process. How the new album is accepted, no one
   knows. I feel I have already accomplished more then one should ever be
   able to dream about. What I know for sure is I need a long holiday after
   this. The past year has been wonderful but draining.

   Q: Over here (Scotland) we listen to your songs all the time, they are
   very well done. My question is: how does it feel?

   A: When I first was given a recording contract I believed Norway was the
   only place my songs would be played. I never thought about other
   countries. Then the record company said several countries were
   interested, and now the songs are being played a bit here and there.
   This is all very cool, and at the same time strange.

   Q: After you had sold a few albums and moved to Oslo, what are your
   feelings towards Tromso? Do you still have childhood friends there?
   If you still keep close ties to Tromso, when are you traveling back there?
   When you are home what things do you like to do?
   Do you go out to town and party a bit with friends, or do you say home
   with someone? Do you know a Svein Jarle Svensen? HAHAHAHA I am part
   of his unit in the military.

   A: I am glad to be able to say that I still have the same friends. Tromso
   is a great town and I travel there as often as I can. My friends and my
   family do live there. When I am home I just relax and do exactly what I
   want to do. And yes, I do know Svein Jarle....

   Q: When is your next cd coming?

   A: That is a bit tough to say. I have the songs, but one can't just jump
   into the studio and begin recording. It is something that I am really
   looking forward to doing. If everything goes like I hope, I believe the
   album would come out towards the end of next year.

   Q: Have you changed alot now that you are known around the world?
   If so, how? By the way, should we play guitar together someday?
   *walk afraid*

   A: My life has obviously changed. Alot. I would also think that I have
   changed in many ways. When life around you changes, you find yourself
   changing in some ways along with it. If you understand. I have in the
   least learned many things, and experienced alot. Everything has not been
   easy, but it has all gone well. About us playing guitar together?
   I probably need to learn to play a bit better first. I am in some ways
   still at that beginners stage. I don't even know notes....

   Q: You who have all of a sudden become a celebrity and met manny
   people, are you able to take care of the friends you had before all
   of this happened? Or do you find yourself slowly losing contact
   with them? We were also wondering if you are still together with Stian?

   A: I try my best to keep in touch. This is very important to me.
   I don't get to see them as often any more, so having a phone is
   wonderful. It is not much fun talking with them on the late on
   Saturday night, just before they head out to town. Cause there I sit,
   in one or the other boring hotel room, knowing I need to get to bed
   early since I am leaving the next morning. Then you feel lonely...

   Q: Don't you become very tired of all the traveling, meetings with
   music branch people etc.? Don't you sometimes wish you could just
   go home and spend time with friends and family?

   A: Yes, of course, I get very tired. I dislike hotel rooms and
   airports. It is also not fun being somewhere just for one day.
   The only thing you see is the airport, TV-studio, and hotel.

   Q: Hi Lene. I was wondering what it feels like being an up and
   coming star? Is it just stress and travel, without time for much
   of a normal and private life?

   A: It does get a bit much sometimes.Things have gone so well, but
   sooner or later things will turn bad. I am you know forever a pessimist.
   There is much to do, but I try to live as much of a normal life as
   I can.

   Q: Are you together with Stian B Simonsen? Or was that just a little

   A: Uhm...well. I usually never answer boyfriend questions...
   He is very cute (sweet)... To be continued.

   Q: Hi Lene, congratulations with all the success you have had. Just
   wanted to know if you have heard of the norwegian band, Madrugada??
   What do you think?

   A: Madrugada and I have the same record company, so yes, I have
   heard of them. I like their music alot, they are very talented
   and very nice....

   Q: Hi. My brother has a crush on you and is going to the
   Spellemann's party. Will you be there?

   A: Yes, I most likely will. I will be in the area...

   Q: Hello Lene, I was just wondering if you ever get bitter
   at those who discovered you, because they discovered you, since
   you can't walk down the street anymore without being recognized.
   Seems kind of tiring...

   A: Uh...can't quite answer that question, someone from the record
   company is sitting next to me. No, I really am not. But yes, it
   can be tiring. It took some time for me to adjust to the new life.
   Am still not quite used to it. In the beginning I didn't want to
   go out where people were after a bad day for example, cause I felt
   I had to be happy all the time. Luckily it did not take me long to
   realize that people just need to accept me for who I am.
   Bad day or not...

   Q: Do you believe in finding "true" love?

   A: Have believed in it before, and still do. Maybe that is dumb,
   but.... How about you?

   Q: I will be so happy if you answer this question, cause then I will
   know that you read it. First I want you to know that I believe you
   have one of the most fantastic voices I have ever heard.
   You are also an incredible writer of music and songs, and I want you
   to know that you are the one person in the world I look up to the
   most. Do you remember the poem that won the poem competition at The one that was written by a girl...that was me.
   If I did not care about you I would not have written it. I wish you
   all the best life has to offer you as you continue with your music,
   and hope that you win a Spellemann award!! (Have of course voted for
   you, and support you any way I can). I just had one question...IF you
   win an award tonight... can you send a greeting to me, or take my
   name in some other way, in your speech? This would mean to much to me.
   It was just a question, but I would be extremely thankfull.
   Can you send me an email if you have time? PLEASE!!!

   A: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! That was really kind...

   Q: Hi, I know you are probably sick of this question but...are you
   together with Stian? What happened to him then? Well, well..... when
   you write music (as I do) where do you get your ideas? Are you like me
   and write out of your feelings? Just want to say that your album is
   awesome. Keep it up!!

   A: Thank you!! I gather inspiration from myself and my experiences, my
   friends, things that happen around me etc. Boyfriend? See answer above.

   Q: Hi Lene, during hitawards I had the opportunity to hand you a rose.
   The next day the picture showed up in VG, I was so proud. I have been
   trying to reach you, and now have been given the opportunity. Do you
   remember me? I like your music very much and wish you the best in
   everything that you do.

   A: I remember your rose very well. Thank you so much...

   Q: Hi Lene. During the nationwide graduation celebration last year, over
   the weekend of May 1, were you in Kongeparken in Rogaland? Some
   friends say they were there with you, but I think they are just talking!!
   How are things going with the Hotell Caesar guy? Greetings from a big
   fan in Stavanger.

   A: No, I was not there. I was in Troms° during all the celebrations.

   Q: Hello Miss Marlin! I was just wondering if you can take back
   everything that you have given out and sold, and tell people to stop
   playing your music on the radio. You have no talent, if I hear one more
   note from you I will go absolutely crazy. Be so kind as to pull yourself
   away from the limelight so that I can keep any sanity I have remaining.
   Thank you in advance.

   A: Maybe you want to try to plug your ears then. Turn off your radio,
   turn off the TV, do something else. Why torture yourself, and use energy
   to irritate yourself. I don't expect everyone to like me or my music,
   it's that simple.

   Q: I was wondering if you were planning to release any more albums.
   Good luck at the show tonight.

   A: Yes I have. Thank you very much!!!

   That was the last question for tonight. Thank you for all your
   questions, this was a lot of fun. Hugs from Lene.

   Chat has ended