Welcome to a new “article”. It’s really just another author interview. I’ve been doing okay, managed to hit 65k on NaNoWriMo which I’m very happy with, been playing some new games and been working on Book II of Counterbalance. Let’s just say things get very….dark in that book, and it doesn’t relent. *evil grin*
Firstly, I thank you all for viewing my blog. Author Interviews was a great idea, and helps gets the name out to writers. It’s what we’re here for, to help! If you want to read more, I’ll leave the links to some others here.
A couple of links by myself first:
The first is my world-building services page on Facebook, where I’ll make fantasy maps, write your characters backstories, factions, you name it:
The second is my Patreon page, which is going well thus far, but can always do with more coverage!
Today I have an interview with an awesome guy and a good friend of mine, Patrik Sahlstrøm. *Drumroll* Enjoy, he’s fun to read!
1. First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
I’m 41 year old Swedish/polish mongel recently moved to Malmø in southern Sweden. Done all kinds of weird things, like DJing and hosting goth/metal clubs/concerts/festivals, running a company in the construction business, working in the Norwegian police and loads of stuff that are much less interesting. Rich enough to have recently retired to focus on my writing. I write dark, (hopefully) funny and subversive SF and urban fantasy
2. How do you develop your plots and characters?
They come more or less naturally to me. I take persons and situations from the real world and translate them to my settings
3. Tell us about your current project.
“Books of Future Darkness” is basically about the end of the world as we know, and we follow a menagerie of colourful characters that try to survive as the world crumbles around. I am self-published and my next book is a graphic novel adaptation of book 1 “Frost Moon”
4. Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
Elisabeth, the magical prodigy of our age, raised in a convent she rebels and runs away to Hell and tries to maintain her independence as the powers that try to use her as a pawn in their intrigues
5. What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
Grow the skin of rhino. You are going to experience loads and loads of disappointments so prepare for a rough ride. It’s worth it though
6. What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
Current political situation in the world inspires me (negatively) a lot. That’s why I want it to end. Almost everything I write are twisted mirror images of things I either experience or read about in the real world
7) What inspires you to write?
The utter stupidity of mankind. I’d burst with frustration and anger if I could vent with writing
8. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Finding the self-discipline to actually type it out. I find hammering away at keyboard utterly tedious, and have the stories ready in my head long before they are typed out
9. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The lesbian werewolf sex scene, I was laughing so hard it was hard to find the correct keys on the keyboard
10. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
Mostly how incredibly boring it is to type things out, My dream would be to be able to just record the story verbally on a dictaphone and have some other poor sod actually typing it out
11. It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
To me they have an almost independent existence from me, and protest when I go wrong
12. What are your future project(s)?
Realistically continuing the series (I have basically enough material for an unlimited number of books) Hopefully: Convert my books to a movie/TV-series format
13. If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
Movie producer or painter
14. What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)? Facebook
and finally here are links to my books on Amazon and Goodreads and some fan art and a trailer for the graphic novel
The trailer file was to large to attach, so here is a link to it https://vimeo.com/183848844/643f0beb35
Many thanks Patrik! I hope to return soon with another article. I’ll admit it’s been very hard lately to find the energy to put these out, but if people like them I’ll keep doing them as long as possible.