Hummelshoj Jakobsen Dorte im Interview
Since then she has published two collections of flash fiction, „Candied Crime“ (humour) and „Liquorice Twists“ (a bit darker), and a couple of short stories, e.g. the very popular ghost story „Heather Farm“ (suspense plus romance in the Dunes near the Danish west coast).
LATEST NEWS „The Cosy Knave“ – a humorous and cosy novel featuring village constable Archibald Penrose and the librarian Rhapsody Gershwin, and the Christmas collection with the same protagonists, „Christmas in Yorkshire“.
Buchideen :: Woher bekommen Sie Ihre Buchideen?
Well, my crime stories are all fictional, but I suppose you could say I get my inspiration, or rather my ideas about what good crime fiction is, from the thousands of novels I have read ever since I was a teenager.
Zeitbedarf :: Wie viel Zeit erfordert das Schreiben der Erstfassung?
It took years to write the first ones, but last year I wrote the first draft of „The Cosy Knave“ in three months, and everything went so smooth with that one. I don´t think it is only because I have become a more efficient writer, I think it also made a difference that it is a light and humorous story.
Motivation :: Was treibt Sie an zu schreiben?
Writing and publishing crime fiction is a long dream for me, and a few years ago I thought it was just a question of editing my Danish manuscript once more, but then the financial crisis set in. Suddenly it was all but impossible for a debutant to find a publisher. So for me the opportunity to self-publish ebooks via Amazon, Smashwords and the Danish platform Saxo has been a great step forward. Getting a couple of books out there has not exactly made me rich yet, but much happier
Recherche :: Was war Ihre lustigste Recherche und warum?
One of my favourite characters is grumpy old Arnold Kickinbottom who is a mushroom collector. I have had much fun finding information about both edible and poisonous mushrooms. I didn´t get everything right, though, when I translated a Danish story into English, but the reviewer who pointed it out was kind enough to give me four stars anyway
(Arnold appears in The Cosy Knave, Christmas in Knavesborough and some of the stories in Candied Crime).
Arbeitsumgebung :: Wie sieht Ihr Schreibtisch aus?
Haha. My desk disappeared under mountains of books, articles and papers years ago.
So when I write fiction, I use my laptop, right in the middle of our living room, surrounded by my family. I need dictionaries when I write in English, but otherwise I can find most of the information I need online.
Tagesablauf :: Wie sieht Ihr typischer Schreiballtag aus?
I work as a teacher to put bread on the table so I mostly write late in the afternoon, plus weekends and the school holidays. As my health is not good, I have periods when I can write a lot, but also months when I hardly write a page.
Selfpublishing :: Warum vermarkten Sie Ihr Buch im Eigenverlag?
Don´t tell anyone, but I haven´t had much choice so far. I would like to have a publisher who tried to sell my books for me, but other writers tell me the world is not really like that any more, so if I have to do all the marketing on my own anyway, I´d rather keep most of the money also.
Marketing :: Welche Art von Marketing lohnt sich am meisten?
I have had a crime fiction blog for more than two years. That was a good way to get started, and my generous and loyal blog friends also help me with beta-reading and such.
Besides, I try to use the networks I have found via Facebook and twitter. For Amazon.com sales it seems to be a good idea to participate in Kindleboards.com. It is a bit difficult to find out how to market your books without being thrown out for self-promotion, but usually my sales improve for a couple of days when I have posted there.
Genre :: In welchen Genres veröffentlichen Sie Bücher bzw eBooks?
I have to read many different genres as part of my job, but in my spare time I mainly read crime fiction. Psychological suspence, police procedurals, amateur detectives, cosy mysteries and a few thrillers. I began writing a mixture between psychological suspence and police procedurals (serious novels, but not hardboiled). My first English novel was a humorous cosy mystery, though, and as it sells fairly well, I am sure my readers will expect more Gershwin and Primrose stories in the future.
Tipps :: Welchen Ratschlag möchten Sie einem neuen Autor mitgeben?
First the simple and obvious answer: write, write, write. And when you have published something, don´t wait for wealth and fame. Return to your desk and begin writing the next book.
Second, it takes quite a lot of determination. Never give up, no matter how many rejections you receive. I have worked hard for 6-8 years, and finally I had to self-publish my stories and novels, but now I have begun to find my readership. And yes, it was worth every hour I put in!
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