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During your school years, you might have had an encounter with 'that guy'.
You know; the one sitting far towards the back of class, usually remaining silent and lost in his own world. Whether his approach was one of words or images, you could usually be sure it involved a pencil and a piece of paper.
Maybe that was you.
It certainly was me.
As I have later come to realize through my work as a clinical psychologist, the good story is important.
Whether it is set in a distant futuristic universe or involves shiny swords, we
need stories to make coherence in our lives. Through stories, we are taught how there is more to our existence than the trivialities of everyday life.
To think of, and yearn for, something more is a vital part of being human, I believe.
Telling our stories and sharing our thoughts is equally so. After all, we have done so ever since our time in the caves. I'm perfectly willing to bet that even then, there was that guy in the back who kept silent, and painted one tale after the other on the wall. So with this in mind, I decided to share the repertoire with you that I have been building up since 1982.
The fantasy genre has been my prime medium my whole life, ever since my mother gave me my first book of 'Fighting Fantasy'. Besides writing books, I'm also an avid Dungeons and Dragons-player and I nurture a strong passion for computer games. Great titles such as Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age and various similar tales have all kept my inspiration going for years.
My style of writing attempts to remain within the conventions of the classical fantasy story, and yet twist it as I please. They are stories of ordinary people with ordinary problems, in a disorderly world. While satirical elements are certainly present, through various clichés and pop cultural references, my stories often harbor an underlying gloomy and occasionally aggressive theme.
Dealing with protagonists who have attained what they wanted in life is ultimately boring, I believe. What makes a human is how we cope when our lives go wrong in nearly every aspect. In other words, it is not so much about the heroes succeeding as how they keep trying to succeed.
Finally, it is often said that readers don’t just buy the book, but an insight into the author. In this case, you get an insight into someone who has spent the past years roaming the world of psychiatry. Now I daringly try my luck with authorship, inspired by grand names such as Sir Terry Pratchett, R.A. Salvatore, John Connolly and H.P. Lovecraft; people who have greatly enriched my world, making it a bit more interesting to live in.
I also believe the world needs more hedgehogs.
I love getting in touch with people who enjoy my work. Should you therefore wish, you can always throw me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I might not always be able to reply, but I read everything you guys send me and try throwing you some lines back.
Stay safe and never stop having ideas.