Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Denmark in 1976, but ever since I was a kid, I've been facinated with the USA and the English language. Hence, I write all my books in English, although some have been translated to Danish. I've written six published books – one only as a eBook, and the rest as both eBook and printed books. Four of the books are in English, two in Danish. (One is a translation of one of the English ones, and one is a novella that, unfortunately, is only available in Danish. It was a winner in a contest, and I wasn't allowed to do the English version.)
I've written a lot of different things – from straight fiction to sci-fi to horror and supernatural thriller. Each book is usually different.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"Tempus Investigations – Season One" is my latest book in English. It is a brand new genre – a TV series in book form. This is not to say that it's written as a script, but that it's a fiction story written to resemble a TV show. Each story is an episode, and the book is the entire season. Just like in a show, you can read the individiual episodes – but there is a story arc that spans the entire season.
The idea was inspired by the thought of fan fiction – how people sit down and imagine stories that never happened on screen. I began to think what it would be like if you wrote fan fiction for something that didn't exist. How would that work? So I began playing around with it, and Tempus Investigations was the result.
It's the story of Jim Corrigan, an immortal detective, living and working in San Fransisco. He and his team deals with all sorts of supernatural threats and cases – from mad angels and homocidal spirits to holes in time. The book is very similar in style to series like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", Angel" and "Supernatural."
As far as the reviews go, it seems I've literally created a new genre – it is the first time a TV series exists only in book form…
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I listen to 1960's Rock'n'roll while I write. Usually on an internet radio station so i never have to change CD's.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King is probably my biggest influence. He's in my mind the best author in today's market, and his book "On Writing" taught me most of the tools of the trade. The other authors I've been inspired by are mostly Danish authors Knud Holten and Dennis Jürgensen.
Basically, I'm facinated by authors who wants to tell a good story. I don't like a lot of the "This is the story, but what I'm really trying to say is this…"-fiction that I know is very popular. The story should be in the front seat, and everything else should be locked in the trunk. So I've always loved to read a book that is just pure story.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I'm putting the finishing touches on my next short story collection, "The Tucson Time Traveler". It's a sci-fi/horror collection, and I'm very excited about it.
I'm also working very hard on season two of Tempus Investigations. It looks like season two will be six episodes long (the first one was four).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I do a lot of facebook ads and boosts. I've also got both my own official facebook and my own website where I often put freebies up.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It's tough to be a writer, because very few people will be able to give you honest feedback. If you find some good beta readers, hold on to them and listen to what they say.
Keep writing. Even when it's hard, even when it sucks. Keep the story going. If you don't know where it is supposed to go, let your characters talk to each other. Write dialogue until you have an idea of what to do next.
If you want to write, don't give up. Today, you are no longer limited by the traditional publishers, you can self-publish, self-market, everything. If the traditional publishers keep rejecting you, try doing it yourself and see if it sells. At least you will have the satisfaction of looking at your own book and knowing you did it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Write less like the people you admire, and more like yourself."
What are you reading now?
I've just finished Justin Cronin's "The Passage" trilogy (The Passage, The Twelve and City of Mirrors) and I'm halfway through a very interesting book called "The Lost City of Z" by David Grann.
What’s next for you as a writer?
When I've finished season two of Tempus Investigations, I want to do something different. I've just written sci-fi, so maybe I'll try fantasy. But it all depends on the ideas I get. Sometimes I'm surprised by what pops into my head, and where that story wants to go.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That's a very tough question. I would probably go with "The complete casebook of Sherlock Holmes", containing the full canon of Holmes stories. I've probably read that book more times than any other. Even though it's now considered period litterature, back then, Holmes was cutting edge and considered very cool. I've always considered him my favorite fictional character.
A close second would be "The Hyperion Cantos" by Dan Simmons, which is the most amazing and incredible sci-fi story ever written.