Chapter 16 is a character-driven chapter. It’s a few years now since I wrote Seven Graves, One Winter, and I was still developing (still am developing) my writing skills. I wanted to give Malik a more human side. I didn’t want him to be a complete bastard all the time. So this chapter is set in Malik’s family home. It’s full of drama, and it’s not pleasant for Malik, and it only gets worse and more confrontational as the chapter goes on. But I think it was in this chapter that I started to really get to know him, and perhaps even glimpse his future, as Malik returns in several of my books, the most emotionally-charged of which is The Greenland Manifesto.
But back in Seven Graves, one could say that Malik is one of the victims in the story. Things certainly don’t always go his way. I used his character to say something. He was projecting a lot of what I had experienced while living in Greenland, and during the elections of 2009 especially so. Of course, the book would be very different without him, and as the years passed, and I wrote more novels in this series, I grew to like him more and more. While I’m not sure he will ever get his own series, his daughter, Pipaluk, goes on to great things in later books, as some readers may have discovered.
Gosh, it’s hard writing this “behind the scenes” chapters without giving stuff away. So, I had better stop. 🙂 Must add, the above photo is Nuuk!
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