May 27, 2019

I had a wonderful and inspiring time at WordSpring this weekend. It was lovely to meet all the amazingly creative authors there and take part in workshops, panels, and award ceremonies. I even came to realize why it's been so hard for me to write 'Living Wall'. It’s because I still look at Larry from Henry’s perspective. Larry does have negative traits. He’s flawed just as all my characters, but Henry never took off his rosy-t...

May 20, 2019

I usually try to avoid getting political, because politics is not what I want to focus on as an author. However, during the weekend, I read an article that made me drop my chin.

I have rolled my eyes at the sensitivity movement before, but I’ve kept it as my personal opinion. Now, I feel that I need to speak up, because this is a very dangerous road we are travelling. If no one is allowed to write from another perspective than...

March 22, 2019

I’m sitting at the computer, watching the rain hammering on the window and the trees’ branches dancing wildly outside. It’s PD-day and my children are at home, listening to their favourite music as they’re building train tracks and cities in the hall, while the seven fans downstairs half-drenches every sound.

Somehow, it’s all very soothing. After a week full of construction workers demolishing our floors and walls downstairs –...

March 13, 2019

I have always had a longing inside me of having a garden. Ever since my early teens, I used to collect gardening books and herbal medicine books and pour through them, longing for red currants, wild strawberries, cherries, gooseberries, and all the herbs you can think of. One of my favourite book series back then was the one about Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters; the protagonist a crusader turned monk, head of the monastery’s...

February 21, 2019

One of the recurring questions I get is how much research goes into my books. It's a great question which I appreciate a lot.

Even though the stories are fictional, I want as much as possible to be true, which is why I spend a lot of time doing research.

'Of Darkness Born', for example, took three years to complete. One of those years went wholly into research. The main part of what I studied had to do with how forensic units wo...

February 12, 2019

I’ve been thinking about the word ‘inspiration’ lately, and what it really means to people on a deep, personal level. Words are overall a very intriguing subject, because, depending on each person’s own experiences, they mean different things to different people. What ‘inspires’ me does not necessarily ‘inspire’ you.

It’s a double-edged (s)word. It creates a longing in your soul, but sometimes, it also creates an astounding fea...

June 30, 2018

I have written three books and planned nine (plus a short-story-collection) in the Field Researcher Universe, but, let’s face it; I could go on and write books about them my whole life. The universe is so huge and so rich and all the people you meet in the books have a story worth telling.

In ‘In the Hands of the Unknown’, for example, we get to meet a security guard at the Museum of Natural History. In a short passage, he tell...

April 29, 2018

Music is an important part in everyone’s life. You usually have memories connected to certain songs, and when your ear catches a certain melody, feelings and images and even smells show up in your mind. It’s a wonderful medium.
               I myself have a very complicated relationship to music. It probably has something to do with me being highly sensitive to noise and light. In the mornings, for example, I can’t even stand...

January 31, 2016

It's been a very long winter and honestly I have to admit that I am very tired. You who have read this blog know that my father-in-law has been sick in cancer and a few days before Christmas he passed away. Coping with that and the funeral in France three weeks ago, and with the worry of the loved ones he left behind, I have not been able to be very social on different medias. Eventually I will come back, but for now, I need s...

September 24, 2015

I don't know if I've heard any negative things about CreateSpace, but honestly, I've only had good experiences with them. Like today, for example; I sent in my newly updated version of 'Lost'. I got a message that they received it and were working on the three copies I ordered, and now, four hours later, they are sent, on their way home to me... I mean... how awesome is that? And if they follow the pattern I should have them i...

August 28, 2015

Okay, we've been home in Edmonton for almost an hour now, and it feels damn good. France was an interesting experience and Port Vendres was beautiful, though terrifying to drive in, but... wow... it feels great being home and great being treated with this daily kindness from shop keepers and strangers. I've missed it so much. And I've missed my cats so, so, so very much. I have a feeling that I'm going to have four cats in my...

August 24, 2015

So this is it. It's our last night in Port Vendres. As I stand at the open French windows, looking out at the darkened landscape with the wild sky above, I feel that it all speaks to me. It is as if the small, picturesque village disappears in front of my eyes and I'm travelling back in time when this place was more violent and unsafe than it is now, when people travelled unseen amongst the mountains, but watched the same sky...

August 3, 2015

I admit, it's been a couple of hard days since 'Lost' came out. I've been struggling with the words in 'Of Darkness Born' and Henry has been standing there in the outskirts of my mind with arms crossed over his chest, glaring at me. Honestly, I have no idea why he's so mad at me, but eventually I told him: "Henry, you have to start talking to me if you want people to like you. I can't write about you properly if you don't comm...

August 1, 2015

Wow... I can't understand that I haven't written a single blog post since May. Where did June and July go? Oh... right... I've been working... Yep, that's right, I've been working like crazy to get 'Lost' out  on deadline date, and believe it or not, but I actually beat the date - with two whole days!!! I feel pretty awesome!!! I even gave myself three whole hours before I sat down and started writing on book three in the seri...

May 29, 2015

Lost in confusion

I'm totally lost from the world. 'Lost' has taken over my life and I feel obsessed, and addicted, searching for my next fix every second. Sometime in between all this I try to find time to hug my children and feed them and listen to them when they want to tell me something - and sleep... What's that? What's sleep? I don't think I know anymore. Thank all good in this world and beyond that I have such a supporti...

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