Small Time Criminal

There’s a star-studded cast …  and me. I have booked a coffee table stand at the Crime Festival in Horsens on the 17th and 18th March. There’s a lot of big crime writers coming. Lots of Scandinavians. Lots of Americans. Lots of Brits. And … me. When I contacted the organisers a while ago, they were kind enough to present the whole palette of options available. “Great,” I said. “And do you have anything smaller?”

I believe strongly in the old adage of fake it til you make it, and this small time crime writer is faking it all the way to Horsens this year. We’ll see what happens. Until then, be sure to check out the programme – and, if you’re looking for me … just keep scrolling to the very end.

The Festival looks really exciting, with loads of presentations, talks, book signings – the works. There should also be plenty for English readers this year. So, if you happen to be in the area, or are travelling to Denmark for the festival itself, please say “hi”, I’d love to meet you.

Oh, and if that’s not enough, the venue is the old State Prison!

Thrill of the Chase

I love chase scenes – watching them, writing them, even listening to them. One of my all time favourites is the foot chase in Point Break with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. Brilliant! Then you’ve got the bank scene from Heat – not so much of a chase as an all out war on the streets – but the music, the build up, well, you’ve got to see it.

So, my parents – yes, parents – forced me to see Baby Driver this Christmas. It’s good, great music, of course, but…

Well, there’s this guy – Daniel Pemberton and he seems to have figured out exactly what to compose when it comes to a good chase scene. I thought he had cracked it with Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but apparently not. Because when I think of my own chase scene in Pulp Driver, it’s the King Arthur soundtrack I have in my head.

Click the link… go on!

Play it loud!

It’s magic!

#justseenthemovie

Danish Design

Meet Milla Moth – twenty-something,  shy, sensitive, serial killer. When her best friend is humiliated online, Milla takes a break from her studies and discovers a new talent – murder.

Why Milla?

Why now?

The idea of Milla and a New Adult story has been growing for a while, ever since I saw La La Land, and fell completely for the whole damn thing. Yes, I know, it’s not violent, there’s singing, dancing, and … what do you know? It’s brilliant. It works. And I want some of whatever it is, so… Milla.

And just like that, another short story is born, and a series, because shy Milla is acquiring a taste for what she can do with a pair of pliers, a hammer, an adjustable spanner… Oh, and did I mention, she dances?

Look out for Milla on Amazon USA, UK, Canada and Australia, but in the meantime, here’s a scene from La La Land that has nothing to do with Milla and her Danish Design.

#onehour2kill

What just happened?

Well, this is weird, I wrote a crime book. You know, the kind with an investigation, clues, red herrings, and an almost embarrassingly low body count. I mean, there’s like one murder – and it’s an actual murder! You know, not even a random killing with a spray of bullets, or death-by-iceberg or something similar. There’s a process and a reason for the murder.

This is just totally weird.

And the pace, it’s like… slower, with more character and stuff.

Strange.

The point-of-view varies too.

No, I don’t know what just happened, but in a little over a month – on Valentine’s Day – you will have the opportunity to find out. And, if you pre-order, you can find out at a pretty low price that would be around 0.99 in most currencies.

I’ll leave you with the links, while I get back to wondering about what just happened.

Amazon USA, UK, Australia, and Canada.

January Updates

I have finished updating the webpage – for today at least. I will add content and generally fiddle with the pages through the course of the year. The main changes reflect a focus on writing and being an author. They include:

An EVENTS page with a calendar of dates when I will be speaking, reading, or just generally hanging out in person.

I have added a READS page, and I intend to mention some of the key polar books that have inspired me as a reader, writer, and adventurer (of sorts).

I have also tried to distinguish between works of FICTION and NONFICTION.

That’s it for now. I’ll leave you with a photo of Uummannaq in January. The yellow building in the centre is the hospital, and figures heavily in The Ice Star.

And… here’s a puppy!

Didn’t expect a puppy, did you? Well, I am really trying to sort out the website, so there’s a lot of pages coming and going, so why not a puppy?

This is Hidalgo. He grew up fast, but there was a time when he and his brother – Balto – were two fat things that couldn’t put their legs on the ground for all the milk they had been drinking from their mother – Simba.

Yeah, Simba was a girl, in a strange what-just-happened Disney throwback. In other words, I didn’t name her, but a Lion King loving Greenlander did. Balto was given his name by a girl in Denmark. Hidalgo – yeah, that one’s on me.

So, I’ll leave you with a puppy while I make more mischief here on the page.

Cute, isn’t he?

A Bloody New Year

It’s been a bloody year. I have lost count of the bodies I have buried in the mountains, pushed beneath the ice, incinerated in tents, impaled, drowned, and executed. Yeah, I’ve been busy.

2017 was a veritable writing roller-coaster, starting with the launch of The Ice Star, the story featuring Konstabel Fenna Brongaard of the Danish Sirius Sledge Patrol. There was a time, back in 2015, when it was unlikely she was ever going to be published. I was quite happy for her story never to be told.

Ever.

But after two months on the Yukon River, paddling from Canada into Alaska, I took a chance on Fenna, tidied up the mess of chapters while on a ferry cruising past glaciers in Prince William Sound, drafted yet another draft, edited her story for the umpteenth time, and finally decided to just be done with her in January last year.

It was the best thing I ever did.

Twelve months later, and Fenna’s story has spawned two more books in The Greenland Trilogy, with plans for another two follow-on series, the first of which should be released this April. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that Fenna will return in Blood Spoor, the first book in The Canadian Quartet.

Fenna’s story gave me other characters to work with and develop. Constable David Maratse turned up in two short stories: Katabatic and Container, and will soon return in a third called Tupilaq, before launching his own series with Seven Graves, One Winter. Whereas Fenna takes a Jason Bourne-like approach to solving conspiracies, Maratse will focus on solving crimes with a more methodical and sombre approach. His story picks up where Fenna’s ended in The Shaman’s House.

The Ice Star introduced another character in the form of RCMP Inspector Nicklas Fischer. He also gets his own series in 2018. The first book returns to a time when he was a sergeant, before he started his shadowy career that set him on a collision course with Fenna. It should come out in time for the summer.

I hope then that readers might find something of interest within the course of 2018. The likelihood of more blood and bullets is high, and, so long as the body count makes sense to the story, I’ll be sure to let Fenna pull the trigger. As for Nicklas and Maratse’s approach to solving crimes and exposing cover-ups, you’ll just have to wait and see.

Here’s wishing all of you the best for 2018, and thanks for making 2017 a great year for Fenna and me.

Chris