Author Anna Thalke: ‘Swedish Girl From St Petersburg’

Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip. Anna Thalke says she was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s timeless character, Trigorin, to create a character that epitomizes the Stockholm Syndrome. Anna was a native of Sweden…

Author Anna Thalke: 'Swedish Girl From St Petersburg'

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Anna Thalke says she was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s timeless character, Trigorin, to create a character that epitomizes the Stockholm Syndrome.

Anna was a native of Sweden who came to America in 1975, searching for intellectual pursuits. After three years as a political science professor, Anna wrote a thesis on the psychology of love, solitude and women.

Eight years ago, she and her young husband Ross recorded an episode on their CB2 show “Our Town”. The show features domestic anecdotes reenacted by comedians.

She says she applied that idea of speaking from the truth of “a place where real reality is on the other side of the actual set, but close enough to you” by taking apart a moving mechanical lorry with her husband.

The couple didn’t expect the results.

“We realized that this project was turning out to be more than we had expected,” Anna says. “We had made a movie in a moving truck, we were doing for about a half hour where we were talking about the lives of actual people. And there’s this obvious continuation of our lives. So we set out to reenact our lives, so we wrote our autobiography in this show.”

Anna and Ross tell us about the true-life inspirations for the characters in their new book.

Click here to order their book.

Michael Smerconish is a Fox News Channel political analyst and host of Smerconish, the weekday morning radio show. Listen to his full Show Notes here. Follow him on [email protected]

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