I was born four decades ago in Denmark. I grew up on both sides of a pond otherwise known as the Atlantic Ocean. And while I am Danish by origin, I am an American southerner by circumstance and a Bahamian at heart.
We moved around a lot when I was a small child; one of my mother’s whims took us to New York, Georgia, New England and the Bahamas … and back to Denmark again – all before I reached the age of seven. I got to explore the world early on, but even when I am not traveling, my restless and adventurous mind is. I don’t have to leave the house to go somewhere; I’ve been to many exotic places and back again without leaving the room.
Born with a vivid imagination and an ability to elaborate on almost anything, I often got in trouble for “making things up”, when I was little. My mother encouraged me to put my creativity to better use, and I began writing the stories I invented – rather than telling them: therefrom they were no longer lies, but fiction.
The lofty aspiration to become a “real” writer was conceived when I sold my first novella at the age of twelve, and though I’ve been writing a number of short stories since then, I enjoyed a decade in the fashion industry – as a model and a public relations manager – before I turned to full-time writing in 2000.
At the beginning of 2000 I had my first novel, Hjemsøgt, accepted for publication by Egmont. “Hjemsøgt” means “Haunted”, and it is an avant-garde thriller, inspired by the legend of Jack the Ripper, in which he is a she. The book did remarkably good in its own right (with no marketing support) and sold over 38.000 copies in Denmark. I wrote Nattetimen (The Night Hour) the following year, and for that endeavor, I received a literary award, touched down on the bestseller lists, sold the film rights and was hired by the producer to write the screenplay.
I met a man in 1998, fell in love, and we got married the same year. We had a child in 2004, and I took a few years on “hiatus” to enjoy our new-born. In 2009 I wrote and published my third novel, Sov som de døde (Sleep Like The Dead), a gothic thriller, which sold to Random House.
I was commissioned to write a short story for Lindhardt & Ringhof’s 2011 Christmas anthology, Flere Bitre mandler, and my fourth novel, a suspense thriller, with the title Pantomime (The Mummer’s Play) came out in august 2012.
My bones, now in their fourties (while I remain as young, as I ever was), agree with the pleasant Bahamian climate and laid back philosophy of the Caribbean, and I divide my time between Copenhagen – my point of origin – and a tiny out-island in the Bahamas, both of which I consider home, and where I continue to “make things up”. Just as I always have.