Going International!

A while ago I suggested that I needed an Australian character in the third book of The Greenland Trilogy. He’s arrived, and his name is Rhys Thomas. The Americans are represented too, as are the Canadians – again. But The Shaman’s House starts in Greenland, of course. There are more Greenlanders than in the previous books, as we spend more time in the populated areas – places I have lived, and visited. The closer I get to releasing The Shaman’s House, the more personal I realise the book has become. The story is pure fiction – adrenaline fueled – but the locations, and some of the anecdotes – sometimes fact can be stranger than fiction and a real source of inspiration.

Everything is made up, or used fictitiously, but I did enjoy writing my old house into the story!

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Keeping It Real

I want things to be right, or as close to right as possible in a fictitious story. I had the chance to talk about that with a journalist from The Arctic Journal. This is the result – an article entitled “Seven Years in Greenland”.

As I get more and more embroiled in right and wrong in the second book of the Greenland trilogy, what’s right takes on a whole new meaning. Getting the facts right is tricky when the characters – some of them at least – are devious by design.

If the lines are blurred in The Ice Star, those same lines in In the Shadow of the Mountain are buried in lies, deceit and a hefty dose of geopolitical subterfuge. I still want things to be right, with a suggestion of today’s truth, and a hint of tomorrow’s, but boy is it fun to mix it all up a little for the sake of a good story.

First, but not Last

16939009_1460324643991483_1025663334128853541_nThe Ice Star has been listed for the first time in a magazine: Greenland Today – page 10 to be exact. Feel free to click on the link to explore the magazine online – it’s free.

Greenland Today is packed with great content about Greenland, and I am really happy to have The Ice Star among its pages, especially as 2017 marks the 1oth anniversary of the magazine.

Meanwhile, it’s back to the keyboard for me, there’s a sequel to write.

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The Sands of Sacrifice

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I am not the only writer with a “good luck tradition”, but I might be one of the few where the tradition can potentially lead to the complete destruction of the manuscript. When I have my final rough draft I stick it in my backpack and drive to the beach. The West Coast of Denmark has one long, broad, fantastic beach, with plenty of waves. The tradition involves tossing the manuscript onto the sand at the surf line and grabbing it before the waves surge onto the beach. If I manage to get it before it is sucked out to sea, then I presume the story to be good enough to edit. If I get wet, and a struggle ensues, then I know that I am invested in the story, and will do what it takes to get it ready for publication.

It took me about three and a half years to reach the point where I was ready to toss The Ice Star into the sea, I am pleased to say it only took a few seconds to decide to grab it!

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There’s no going back!

the-ice-star-25pctThe Ice Star is released tomorrow, and there’s no going back! This is it then, sink or swim.

Will Fenna capture reader’s imaginations?

Will I?

What happens if she does?

What happens if I do?

These are questions I haven’t asked before – haven’t felt the need to. But The Ice Star is doing pretty well just now, moving up the charts in “military thriller” and “international crime and mystery”. I haven’t seen this interest in my other books – it must be the genre.

And what a genre! There’s a lot of competition, and a lot of books competing with the readers’ interest and doing their best to grab their attention.

This is it though.

It’s time to test the ice!

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Sea Ice & Action Sequences

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Action sequences are a crucial element of The Ice Star, as are car chases.

I devour Jason Bourne movies – not necessarily for the plot as, by now, they are quite logical/predictable, but for the car chase set piece that occurs at least once in each movie. The Ice Star takes the classic car chase and puts it on ice, literally.

When I lived in Greenland, I travelled on the ice in various ways – by dog sledge, on foot, by snowmobile, and in taxis. I also flew regularly over the ice in a helicopter. Naturally, each of these elements of travelling across the sea ice – preferably at speed – had to be worked into the plot. I am pleased to say that The Ice Star has its fair share of chase sequences, on the ice, including all kinds of vehicles and engines – including the furry kind.

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