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.
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.
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.
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.
This is it then, Constable David Maratse is going into retirement … and launching a whole new series of crime books!
Crazy, I know, but this is how it is going to work. He thinks he is being invalided off the force, but it just isn’t going to go his way – not at all.
Settling into the life of a subsistence fisherman in a remote Arctic community in Greenland? Never gonna happen! It’s time to get busy, dig some graves!
Seven Graves One Winter is the first in series of true crime books set in Greenland. More news as soon as I have it!
Until then, if you’d like to pre-order, here are the links on Amazon: