Book Nerd Interview
"I removed my clothes and followed her into the cold water that sprang from the center of the earth in a spring somewhere further north and therefore had the same temperature all year around. “Are there any animals in this water?” I asked as she carefully took me by the hand and led me in. “There might be manatees,” she said with a shrug. “What about alligators?" I asked and turned as I thought I heard something move behind me in the water. “Someone told me that there are alligators in all waterholes in Florida.” She laughed. “There might be, but we rarely see them. Besides. It just makes it that more exciting, right?” She pulled my hand and drew me close to her. Our bodies felt warm against each other, her skin was soft, and touching it made me forget about animals in the water and the sounds of nature. I even forgot about my concerns as to hurting her and disappointing her parents. All I could think about was her and me, here right now in this water that was caressing our bodies. I kissed her again and held her naked body close to mine while allowing the passion to rise in me. Suddenly she pulled away from me. “Stop,” she whispered urgently. I looked at her and saw that the expression on her face had suddenly changed. “What’s wrong?” I asked sensing that my voice was shaking slightly. If it was out of fear or caused by the arousal I didn’t know. “I thought I heard something.” “Like what?” She shook her head while her expression cleared. She smiled. “It was probably nothing.”
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
That I never wear socks - I hate the way it feels on my feet. I think it comes from growing up in Denmark where you have to wear socks all the time because it is so cold. But I have always had warm feet so wearing flip flops like I do know since I live in Florida suits me perfectly.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
To read. All these amazing worlds that was suddenly available to you almost jumping at you from the pages. That was a great discovery. Then when I learned how to write I was unstoppable. I wrote in all notebooks and filled pages after pages with stories or cartoons. My teacher loved it. He always encouraged me to keep writing.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Don't give up.
What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced authors face and what advice do you have for over-coming them?
Everybody gets bad reviews from time to time. It hurts but the more books you sell the more it is likely that someone won't like them.
For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1), how would you introduce it?
In Savage we meet Christian who is a young man torn between the world of science and the world of magic. He has left his country of Denmark and is going to Florida to go to med school. He meets Aiyana who is a spirit-filled girl living in a completely different world than he is. Her family is descendants from the Timucua Indians that lived in Florida before the Spaniards came. They live in a world of magic, music and laughter and Christian feels so drawn to them. At the same time he has a violent encounter with a savage beast in the swamps of Florida, an encounter that makes him doubt everything he has always believed.
I will write three books about the main character Christian. It is sort of a family-saga really. In the first book Savage he is in his twenties and so is the woman he falls in love with. I have just finished the second book "Broken" and in this one they have kids of their own and are in their thirties. In the last book they will have young teenagers. I am also planning on doing a book about Aiyana, the spirit-filled Native American girl that he falls hopelessly in love with. About her and when she first discovers who and what she really is. I might also do a book about her sister who does telekinesis and their grand-mother who predicts natural disasters. I love those characters so much that they each deserve their own book.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Christian?
That men are very different from women. They react completely different and they don't do what you thought would be the best for them. Christian can be so irritating at times.
Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
Once a story begins to live in me there comes a point where I simply have to get it out or I'll explode. I have to write, I can't hold it back. Not being able to write makes me miserable.
For those who are unfamiliar with Christian, how would you introduce him?
He is handsome and he knows it. He is also very sensitive but tries not to be. He is very selfish in the beginning of the book but as the story unfolds he grows up and becomes less self-centered.
Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?
'There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed' - Ernest Hemmingway. I love that quote since it is so true.
What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I write in many different genres. I am about to release a new mystery/thriller/horror in my Rebekka Franck-series. It is a Scandinavian mystery-series. The first book in the series is called "One, Two ... He is coming for you."
What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Write the book they think is missing out there, the one they would love to read.
Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
Where I live. Florida. It is warm and beautiful.
What book are you reading now?
A French mystery-novel by Fred Vargas.
Who was your first boyfriend?
A French boy I met on a vacation in Southern France where my parents had a summer-residence. His name was Guillaume. He was going to be a pilot. He was so handsome and such a gentleman. They really know how to treat a woman right.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
If people ask me if I ever read Harry Potter. The truth is I haven't. I have read some of the first book and seen all the movies, but I never managed to read an entire book. What I read I really liked, but it just didn't capture me enough to keep me reading.
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
Selling hotdogs from a small hotdogs stand. It smelled horrible.
When was the last time you cried?
Just a few minutes ago actually. I cry often. I am very emotional. Can't watch someone else cry without crying myself.