Seaweed & Secrets

Seven Graves One Winter is set in the settlement of Inussuk on the west coast of Greenland. Inussuk doesn’t exist, but the strange pieces of art shaped and crafted from seaweed, bones, skulls, pebbles, and sinew do, or at least they did when I visited “Inussuk” in 2010. 

As I write in the book, it wouldn’t take much of a detective to locate the real Inussuk on the map in Uummannaq fjord, but I like the fact that the location of the settlement is a little mysterious, hidden for a while. But I will never forget the people I met, the sound of the surf breaking on the black sand beach, and the fin whales passing by as I was treated to coffee in the artist’s house.

All the characters in my books about Greenland are fictitious, but each of them share a common grounding in Greenland, the country, and its people.

The Heart that was a Wild Garden

I’m having fun with this one – imagining Constable David Maratse as a parent. There’s a lot of sadness and hope in The Heart that was a Wild Garden, it even starts with a funeral. But the themes are relevant, and, without giving too much away, I’ve experienced elements of this story in Greenland, to varying degrees.

The Heart that was a Wild Garden is available from Amazon for pre-order, and is due for release in October. It is the 5th in the series of Greenland short stories featuring Maratse, but it is set way into the future.

You can find it here:

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And get the bigger picture here:

A Cold Binge

I’ve had a few mails about which books to read in what order.

Confession time – I turned to Goodreads to figure it out.

If we stick with Greenland and the Arctic, then thriller readers looking for a bit more action should definitely start with The Ice Star. It’s here that we meet Constable David Maratse for the first time. However, crime readers who are looking for an alternative – read “cold” – setting, should perhaps start with Seven Graves One Winter, although, and this is where it gets a little tricky, there are, currently, four short stories that are set prior to the events in Seven Graves One Winter, and The Ice Star for that matter.

Readers don’t need to read any of the short stories (Katabatic, Container, Tupilaq, or The Last Flight) to enjoy Seven Graves One Winter, nor do they need to read The Ice Star. But, the definitive reading order – as of July 2018 – would be this:

Of course, that’s not all the books – either planned or written.

Confused? Don’t be. Goodreads can help, and give you an idea if you even want to begin. 😉 ‘Cos it ain’t over yet.

Don’t blink!

There are moments when something that you know is short-lived and not necessarily completely reliable never fail to please. So, when Piteraq popped into the number one spot of the New Releases in World Literature Short Stories on Amazon US, well… it was fun. Now, it’s not the most competitive category, it looked good.

It’s gone now.

All over.

But for one moment at least, Oversergent Mikael Gregersen’s short story about his first year with the Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol in Greenland topped the charts. One of the typical comments about The Ice Star is – semi-spoiler alert – how little Gregersen featured in the story. I mean, the man is a – fictive – Sirius legend! I had always planned to follow up on what happened to Mikael during his first year as a fup in Greenland. This is that story, and it’s available for pre-order on

Amazon USA, UK, Canada, and Australia

Here’s a bigger photo of the cover…

And one more, even bigger, ‘cos it’s an epic kinda story!

The cover photo – spoiler alert – is from Qaanaaq, and not the Northeast coast of Greenland.

Gotta love Greenland!

Just received an email from a reader, traveller, photographer who has just finished reading The Greenland Trilogy. It never fails to have an impact when I hear from readers who have enjoyed my books. Of course, when they are also mad about Greenland, and have been there… well, it just gets better and better.

Be sure to check out Lisa Germany’s website for her amazing photos from Greenland and other exciting places around the world.

Are you ready for it?

Weird stuff going on today, but I’m getting things done, and I’ve finally “locked” the cover for the 3rd book in the Greenland Crime series. Feral is darker – much darker. I can’t say too much, as Blood Floe has only just hit the digital shelves, but the dark nature of Feral will make sense once you get to the end of book 2.

The fun thing is – for me at least – I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift (with a bit of Childish Gambino thrown in) all day! Damn! And, yes, during that time, the cover got the finishing touches. Yeah, still wondering about that. I’ll leak some more stuff about Feral closer to the release date: sometime in December this year. But, until then, I’ll leave you with the cover(s).

And one more cover – the big one!

Yeah, it’s been a good day.

Beginnings

The New Greenland Literary Expedition

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Where to begin?

I can only speak for myself at this point – Sarah’s journey is different – but to begin at the beginning, while studying at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, I leafed through a copy of National Geographic in the library and discovered the Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol featured in an advert for Rolex watches. As a teen I had devoured Jack London stories, and read as much as I could about dogs, sledges and the Arctic. I knew I had to go there, to live in the Arctic, and to have my own dogs.

Nine years later, I did.

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Erichsen was inspired by Greenland, recording his travels and experiences in poetry, journals…

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Indie Music for an Indie Author

I listened to the above playlist a lot while writing Fell Runner. It reminded me of when I was in Juneau, Alaska. There is this amazing post office, kind of quirky, and they were playing Langhorne Slim “The Way We Move”. Well, I was sold, I bought extra stamps, postcards, the works. I went out onto the street to find Jane and drag her inside on the pretense of buying more stamps.

Music is really important to me, and I just don’t listen to enough – can’t always distract from the lyrics when writing.

Life is tough, eh?

But, when doing layout, cover design, and even making maps, music has to be in the background, foreground – all around.

That’s just the way it is. Oh, and here’s the Fell Runner map: