The feeling of being an underdog, not belonging, is very much me. You harbour a little feeling of resentment towards the ‘upper dog’.
I was a big reader as a child. My father is a great book lover and a librarian, but he forbid me to read bad literature. I was not allowed to read Nancy Drew or books like that. I often say to him that me becoming a crime author is both a way of pleasing him and annoying him.
The northern part of Sweden is considered more isolated, not so sociable, not so educated, more unemployment, very working-class, and people drink more than rest of Sweden; that’s the kind of area I’m from.
It is so much hard work writing your first novel. You’re not even sure that it is possible to do.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with learning from people who are better than you.
Because you’re a crime writer you’re asked to have a point of view on a lot of things, and I’m uncomfortable having public opinions on things that are not my professional area.