Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write Arctic Noir, Scandinavian Crime Mystery and Action Thrillers, predominantly set in Greenland and the Arctic. I lived and worked in Greenland for 7 years, ran my own team of sledge dogs, and my last job was teaching English to police cadets at the Police Academy in the Greenland capital of Nuuk.
I’ve written 30 books (including novellas), most of which are set in Greenland.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My last book is called “Blackout Ingénue”. It is a crime thriller set in Denmark. I was encouraged to write it after being invited to the concert hall in the city close to where I live. The building is very Scandinavian, with very clean lines. Encouraged by the staff at the concert hall, I wrote a murder mystery set in and around the theater.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When Social Media was biting into my writing time, I switched to an old laptop with a defective fan. With no Internet access it worked fine, but I could only write for 45 minutes at a time before my wrist started to melt as the computer heated up.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Don Winslow’s books, and the Arkady Renko books by Martin Cruz Smith. I also really enjoy John le Carré’s spy books. But I read a lot of different books, and often relax with a graphic novel or science fiction book. Iain M. Banks and Peter F. Hamilton are among my favorites.
What are you working on now?
“Narkotika” is my latest book. But I am working on lots of different Greenland novels – in series and spin-offs with my main characters of Constable David Maratse, Sergeant Petra “Piitalaat” Jensen, and Konstabel Fenna Brongaard.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Still working on that. But I am enjoying the interaction I get through my mailing list.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Just keep writing, and trust your creative voice – don’t give in to the myth of “rewriting”.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Dean Wesley Smith has loads of useful advice, but when he talks about copyright and the “Magic Bakery”, every writer should listen. I did, and have learned so much.
What are you reading now?
I’m going through a Star Wars “behind the scenes” series of books with lots of concept art. I’m also working my way through Wilbur Smith’s “Courtney” series, and a book on Shamanism.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More books in series. Writing smarter, and improving my marketing.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Lord of the Rings, Gorky Park, and Peter F. Hamilton’s “Night’s Dawn Trilogy”.