I’m not going to use the J word to describe how I got here. Journey is a glam rock band from the 80s. By no means the best, but still. Don’t misuse the word. Don’t stop believing.
Anyway, here’s a bit about me: I was born and raised in the southernmost Swedish province of Scania. In my mid-20s I decided to leave my hometown, spread my wings and explore whatever was out there, and I’ve kind of been on the road ever since. Via Spain, the US, Sweden (again), and the Netherlands, I ended up in Germany. Heidelberg is currently where I hang my proverbial hat.
I started scribbling at a young age, and the words kept coming. Tons of travel observations, football (soccer) articles and match reports, and academic essays, but nothing in the direction of a commercially viable product.
Then one day in October of 2009 I was sitting on a bench on Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, being approached literally every minute by people trying to sell stuff, or just ask for money. I could choose to engage in discussion with all of them, or rudely tell them to bug off, I could simply ignore them, or I could give them a standard “no gracias”. I chose the latter. Just like Douglas Adams had his epiphany in Innsbruck that he was going to write a masterpiece, I decided there and then that I wanted to write, if not a book, then at least a guide for other travellers about choices. That one is still in the pipeline.
As my travel tales started piling up, I started entertaining the idea of putting together my travel tales into an entertaining and light-hearted non-fiction book. That one is also still in the pipeline.
Then one day I just started writing a fictional story. 1000 words. 5000 words. 10k words. 50k words. Then I started asking myself “how many words is a book?”, “how do I publish this stuff?”, and “If no one ever reads it – is it still a book?”. Once I figured those things out, my first book – Millennial Scenes – was born. And now I can’t stop.
I’m an avid reader, history buff, travel addict, sports fan, and a city boy and nature lover at the same time. My daytime job in the aerospace industry – no, I’m not an astronaut or a rocket scientist – has triggered a recent fascination for space.
If you want to know more about what I’m up to when I’m not writing books, visit my Creative Space.