The last few days have been a rollercoaster ride for me, and I mean that in a positive manner—as I love rollercoasters. Even when in the dumps, they are fun! Got a phonecall from Schibsted Forlag—a major Norwegian publishing house—telling me I was one of the finalists in their grand competition. So I went to Oslo on Sunday, June 12 and presented myself on Tuesday, June 14, at the publisher, talked to the press, and received the Special Award of the Jury (in Norwegian: Juryens spesialpris) for the novel Prometheus.
On that note, friends and followers, it’s as good as it gets. Prometheus will be published, on paper, and maybe later as an e-book, by the fourth largest publishing house in Norway. And the award? 50,000 NOK prepaid, not a fortune but a very decent start of things to come (I hope).
On my way back from Oslo, a local newspaper phoned me and asked for an interview (see pic above). You can also read about it here and here. I always had a good feeling about Prometheus, which is part of a project I’ve been working on for the last eight years. It started out as a short story about a sniper (Mark Hauser) traveling through an alien landscape when stumbling over a derelict alien spacecraft ten thousand years old. The short story quickly grew into a novel-sized tale originally named The Ice Planet (Isplaneten). TIP was my learning curve, and a rewritten version was to become Prometheus as it is today.
There has never existed a shortcut to becoming a published author; the road is long and bumpy. I feel lucky to be recognized at such an early opportunity, and at this stage I can only hope that my debut novel will be successful, for me and for the publisher. Estimated time of release is spring 2012, and I hope the sequel will be ready for a 2013 release (as of yet unnamed).
And no rest for the wicked; just hours after returning from Oslo, I had to be on a bus bound for Setermoen to participate in a military exercise. I returned only yesterday—with a million mosquito bites—finally being able to update this blog and continue writing. With this I wish to extend my gratitude to everyone involved, from friends and trial readers, to family and my proofreader, and including the great people working at Schibsted, and not to forget my new colleagues in the art of spinning tales; I look forward to reading your novels as well. Keep up the good work!
Thank you, all.
Photo: Berit Roald, Scanpix