Villi Asgeirsson


Villi Asgeirsson was born in Iceland as Major Tom ascended to the skies, to be lost forever. He spent the seventies learning to read and write. He also moved houses a lot, having lived in at least six places by the time he was ten.

On his tenth birthday, he received a small transistor radio and was scared witless by a huge spider sitting on his chest. This may have formed him in a small way, or it may be irrelevant. Such is the nature of our human existence. There are no absolutes and we may never know what matters until much later, if at all.

The eighties were spent listening to questionable music and dressing badly. He also tried to learn the guitar, but the dang things never stayed in tune so he gave up.

He moved to London in the nineties to study audio engineering. If that guitar thing didn't work for him, at least he could record other people playing. He worked as a live engineer for a while. As impatience would have it, he moved again at the end of the twentieth century, this time to the Netherlands. Supposedly to have a normal life. He still lives there with a wife and child and spends his time working for a major airline, writing and dabbling in photography.

He first wrote stories as a kid. He played with poetry as a teen, even if reading poetry is something he still can’t do. His first attempt at a novel in 1997 ended in disaster. His second, in 2001, was cut short by world events. It wasn’t very good anyway. The first successful attempt at novel writing, Under the Black Sand, was published in 2013. People seemed enthusiastic about it. And now we have Blood and Rain.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a kid. I would create simple illustrations and write a story around it. In college, I created a series about a pirate and had my classmates play the characters. It was a hit, they forced me to hand in an episode every day. It wasn't very good for my grades, but it was fun. Serious writing didn't come until I was well into my 30s and my first novel was published in 2013, when I was 44.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It takes place in Barcelona in 1937, at the height of the civil war. I didn't know much about this part of history, so I read a couple of articles. This led me to read more, a book and I watched old British TV series and got totally fascinated. At the same time, I was reflecting on the past. How I, and probably most of us, was focused on what I'd like to become. And it's usually about being successful at something, rather than being particularly good at something. Developing a career, rather than developing as a person. So I put this young man that dreams of being a world famous journalist into the war to see what would happen. The title, Blood and Rain, comes from a song by a Dutch band, the Nits. It's calles Sketches of Spain and includes the line "the streets of Barcelona are filled with blood and rain".
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Where to find Villi Asgeirsson online

Where to buy in print


Blood and Rain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Gunnar was a young journalist in Iceland. As Spain erupted into Civil War, he saw his opportunity, his road to greatness. The price of entry into this war was betraying his friends. After Barcelona burst into flames, on 3 May 1937, nobody could be trusted, friends turned on each other and survival was the only thing that mattered.
Under the Black Sand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Under the Black Sand is Villi Asgeirsson's debut novel. A Nordic Noir with a hint of murder and paranormal, money and love. Pétur, the successful businessman has no time for his nightmares until the nightmares become more real than the physical world around him.

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1930s    anarchism    barcelona    civil war    dreams    espionage    historical    iceland    journalism    murder    nightmares    noir drama    nordic noir    paranormal    reincarnation    romance    spain    war    war romance