Interview with Mats Vederhus

Describe your desk
My desk usually takes the form of a table in a coffee shop. My favorite one at the moment is Starbucks, but I've been seen writing at pretty much every local coffee shop in Trondheim. My current project "Trouble in Trondheim: Bikers and Gangsters" was also written in St. Petersburg, Kristiansand and Tallinn.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small neighbourhood outside the city of Kristiandsand, Norway.
I think, if anything, it influenced my writing in such a way that I always wanted to write in order to get away from reality, as nothing ever happened where I was living.
As I have grown older, I still write as a means of escape, though realism in terms of descriptions and characters have penetrated my writing more.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a very young age, probably around six or seven. My favorite subjects in primary and secondary school was always Norwegian and English. Writing short stories was always my way of nailing those subjects. I could write about anything, though it usually involved gruesome murders or some variation on that theme. :)
Then I had a period of a few years where I didn't write or read anything at all. As I started to become an adult, I found back to reading and writing, and it has since never left me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for my latest story popped into my head one day as I walked past a particular building in Trondheim and realized that I should have that be a central part of the plot.
The main character sort of appeared little after little, mostly as a result of reading the book Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell and How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling by James Scott Bell.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly because I grew tired of waiting for my first novel to hit the shelves.
I have a publisher interested in it, but it's been through six revisions so far.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I can have is when writing helps me escape from every day life. I hope that what I write can do that for others, as well as truly entertain and thrill them. As an author, that's all I could ever ask for, except for the opportunity to write what I would like to read.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. If people didn't buy my books, I wouldn't be able to do this for a living. I owe my carreer to my fans.
What are you working on next?
When I'm finished with my current project, I'm probably going to work on Trouble in Trondheim II. That, and doing the neccessary revisions to make sure my first novel can hit the shelves in Norway.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tricky question, but... I usually start by mentioning Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard. His prose is utterly fantastic, and unmatched by anyone I have ever read.
Then I need to mention J.K Rowling for Harry Potter and her Cormoran Strike-series. I'm also a huge fan of Stieg Larsson and Robert L. Howard, as well as Agatha Christie.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Probably the thought that I get to write another chapter for one of my books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Interviewing famous people, and reviewing music and concerts.
Published 2015-12-20.
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Books by This Author

Trouble in Trondheim: Bikers and Gangsters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,540. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Kurt Hammer is in trouble. His wife and infant have been found brutally murdered, and Hammer has to leave the past behind. At the same time, a menace is killing seemingly innocent victims in the city of Trondheim, and the police are clueless. Kurt Hammer must save the day.