When I tell people that I’m a crime writer, the expression on their face tells me what they are thinking! ‘She must be quite a dark, tortured soul to want to write about crime’

Haha……that couldn’t be further from the truth and it always gives me an opportunity to relay my analysis on them!

I have interviewed quite a few Crime writers over the last couple of years and some of the most intensely talented writers, whose books have had me gripped from the first page are Icelandic.

Now, Iceland is a country with a relatively low crime history, yet we are seeing more and more crime writers coming out of there.

Once when interviewing Icelandic novelist Sólveig Pálsdóttir, I asked that very question for Nordic Style Mag….

“Crime is relatively low in Iceland, does this change the type of crimes that you want write about?

Yes, we are very fortunate to have such a low crime rate in Iceland. I‘m not really interested in crime as such but more in human nature, and that is above all what my books are about. What makes a person into who he or she is? And what event starts that development?

I also love to create tension and plots that rely on people who could be your next door neighbours. I put a lot of work into character development and use my experience as an actress a lot with that.”

And I think this sums it up, it is more about human nature which is sometimes seen at it’s most extreme (making it totally attractive for a writer to explore) when the person is thrown into a life changing moment at the hands of crime.

So, we aren’t nutty or crazy,  just interested, interested in how humans behave and how the crossing of our paths can sometimes lead fate to behave in a cruel manner.

This is what we explore in our crime novels and we hope this is part of the reason you will enjoy them.

Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim

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