Christoffer Petersen lives in a small forest in Jutland, in southern Denmark. He hasn’t always been Danish; in fact, he borrowed his pseudonym surname from his Danish wife, Jane. Chris writes all kinds of stories under different pen names, but is best known for his crime books and thrillers set in Greenland.
Chris (and Jane*) spent seven years in Greenland living and working as a teacher in remote communities far above the Arctic Circle. He spent four years on the island of Uummannaq, named after the heart-shaped mountain that dominates the island. Moving north, Chris lived in Qaanaaq – not so very far from the North Pole – for two years before moving to Greenland’s capital: Nuuk, where he taught at the higher education college and the Police Academy. (*Jane worked as an enrolled nurse in the hospitals in Uummannaq and Nuuk.)
Chris has a BA in Outdoor Education from the University of Strathclyde, a Danish teaching qualification, and an MA in ICT and Learning from Aalborg University. While living in Greenland, Chris studied for a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Falmouth University. Chris graduated with a distinction in 2015. He has been writing full-time since January 2018.
Chris writes about strong, positive Greenlanders living and working in a modern Greenland, with a few bad eggs in between, just to spice things up.
All Christoffer Petersen’s stories are fictional, but often flavoured with his memories and experiences of life in Greenland.
Chris speaks English, Danish, and just enough Greenlandic to get into trouble, but not enough to get out of it. He reads, runs, and writes, loves LEGO, plans big canoe trips on big rivers, and relaxes with John Wick films. Yeah, it’s the relaxing and John Wick in the same sentence that should worry you.
His favourite reads include Jack London’s short stories, China Miéville’s Bas-Lag series, science fiction by Neal Asher and Peter F. Hamilton, and Batman graphic novels. If Philip Pullman writes a Lyra book, short story, or napkin scribble, Chris buys it – often in all formats. The book that continues to inspire him most is Martin Cruz Smith’s Gorky Park. Music tastes run from Springsteen, through Foo Fighters, Nanook, and all the way to Taylor Swift. Top three all-time favourite films include Jaws, Star Wars, and Top Gun – Chris is still hoping that Goose doesn’t die the next time he watches it. Chris also plays far too much of Tom Clancy’s The Division, when really he should be writing. He is not politically active, avoids social media, but thinks and reads a lot about privacy rights and the environment. Hmm… on that note – let’s leave it there for now.