It’s been quiet in here for quite some time now. Sorry about that. It’s not for lack of thinking about my website, it has more to do with being busy writing the remaining books in the Henning Juul series. But now I’m very pleased to say, or to write, rather, that I’m done. Finito. The Henning Juul saga has finally come to an end.
Writing this series has taken six years of my life, and what a journey it has been. My books have taken me from Copenhagen to San Francisco, from Toronto to Hong Kong, I have talked about my books in Zagreb, Sofia and Paris, I have been to Amsterdam and six different cities in Germany. I have been in Helsinki and several cities in England and Italy. I have even visited the beautiful island of Åland (Sweden), not to mention a truckload of places in my home country, Norway. I have made so many friends all over the world, and for that I will be forever grateful. I have so many fond memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
As you can tell from my website I have a lot of books around the world, and it’s always a special feeling to see your own work in a different language. It’s also a bit scary, because I don’t have the time nor the tools to read all of them, to check whether or not the translations are good or bad. I know translations sometimes don’t do the original work justice. It can also go the other way around. My English translations, for instance, have really been a blast to read, and there were passages in them that I couldn’t quite believe were my own. Which, of course, they weren’t. They were the words of my translater, Charlotte Barslund. So I guess you just have to trust your publisher to make sure the translations are good, and I hope that’s the case.
When you do something almost every day for six years you can, of course, grow tired of what you’re doing. You can lose faith and grow depressed. Even though there definitely were hard times, I can honestly say that I have walked to my office every day with a deep sense of gratitude. Those of you who know a little bit about me know that I had tried for so many years to become an author, and to able to live as one, to wake up every morning and think «What am I going to write today? Is it going to snow or rain? Will my characters make it? Will they die?», that is a privilege that I will never take for granted. That’s why I try so hard to do my utmost with every chapter, with every book. And I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every step of the process, hard as it was at times. I don’t know how many times I wrote myself into a corner, when the solutions I had in mind didn’t work, when the characters took on a different life than what I had planned or expected. I think I have a dent in my head here and there from smashing it into the wall.
What I have tried to do with the Henning Juul series is to write five novels that all somehow are connected, with individual stories in each of them. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that has ever been done before. So to be able to write this and say that I have managed to pull it off is something that I’m really proud of. It was one helluva learning process, and it’s great to come out in the other end with the experience I now have. It feels like I can take on almost anything. I mean, ONE plot? That’s easy. Not that it is, but you know what I mean.
A lot of people have asked me: If you could go back, would you change anything? I think that if you ask any author about any of his or her books the answer would be: «Hell, yeah». I have made a few choices that I would go back and change if I could, but that’s also part of the game. You make a choice, and you live with it. For me, writing five novels that were all somehow intertwined, I guess you can imagine the problems that materialised over the years. Man, I wish I had done that to the character instead of this. That would have made the next choice a lot easier. To say it with other words: My hair has grown a bit thinner over the last six years. It has grown a lot grayer as well. But hey, I still have hair. That’s, at least, something. I guess.
So what’s next, you might ask?
Well. What was really frustrating when I wrote the Henning Juul novels was that other ideas popped into my head all the time. I mean, really good ones, and I wanted to start exploring them as soon as I could. Which, of course, I couldn’t, because I had to finish my series first. After I was done I had a lot of ideas to choose from, but I have started working on a new project now that I’m really excited about. I will tell you more about that later. There will definitely be more books, that’s for sure. I have just gotten started.
I have some more exciting news to tell you about as well in a few days time, so stay tuned for an update. I will also post some updates on my Facebook page. Go in and like it, and you will see for yourself.
Until next time: Enjoy yourselves and read many books.