Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a Danish author, writing in both English and Danish. It's a somewhat unusual thing for a Dane to write in English, but I've always enjoyed the English language more than my native one.
As of 2018, I've published seven books, with number eight scheduled to come put this summer. I've published in several different genres, from horror and thriller to straight fiction and sci-fi.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called "The Tucson Time Traveler" and is a collection of sci-fi short stories, very much in the style of the TV show "Black Mirror". I wanted to explore various versions of time travel, so there are stories about physical time travel – getting into an actual time machine – but also about mental time travel, dimensional and even emotional time travel. I'm also exploring what new technology does to people's lives.
I was inspired to the book because Tucson, Arizona – which is my favorite city in the world – is a bit of a time traveler itself. Everywhere there are signs that come from the 1950's, old buildings and structures that look like time has stopped in that city. That made me think that if time travel was real, it would focus here.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think I'm a pretty boring writer. I don't have any rituals or habits per se, other than listening to 1950's music while I write.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I've always listed Stephen King as my main inspiration, especially in the art of writing short stories. But of course, other writers do that with great skill. For this one, I was inspired by the books of Frederic Brown, who was an amazing "flash fiction" writer.
What are you working on now?
The next book will be the second volume in the "Tempus Investigations" series – season two, if you will. I've just finished the book and it's waiting to get published.
I'm extremely proud of this new season – it's not only the longest, but also the darkest book I've ever written. When we left the Tempus team in season one, everything was good – but it's going to take a turn for the worse very quickly. Jim and his friends will have their hands full.
This time, I've tried to listen to some of the things my readers have told me they would enjoy – such as more romance, more character development and more danger – and I hope they will enjoy the story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I usually use Facebook, and try to persuade bloggers to review the book. Whether or not it's the best way, I can't tell…
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Keep reading. No matter if you think you're only producing crap, keep going. Every story makes you a little better.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I said this the last time as well, but it's still the best advice:
"Write less like the people you admire, and more like yourself."
What are you reading now?
I'm halfway through an old book by Mark Frost (Yes, the Twin Peaks guy!) called "The chain of seven." It's a story about Conan Doyle fighting evil cultists!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Honestly, at this point I'm not sure. I might continue with season three of Tempus Investigations, but I usually do another book in between them. Right now, i've been fiddling with kind of a love story – but I'm not sure if it will be good enough for publication.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Last time I did this interview, I said Sherlock Holmes and "The Hyperion Cantos," but since then I re-read Stephen King's "It" and I think that took the first place now.
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