Håkan Nesser (born 21 february 1950) is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful novels, mostly crime fiction. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages.
In the following video interview (view here), Håkan Nesser discusses what moves him to write, how he approaches the writing process and what inspires his work. Nesser’s latest book in the English language The Hour of the Wolf is out on the 12 April 2012.
In particular, Nesser believes that reading is very important in his experience of becoming a novelist. He did not start as a crime writer but rather wrote a love story first. The first time, in his view, he started entering crime fiction as a genre was not because he wanted to write a book in this category but because the story he had in mind could only be written as a crime fiction.
During the process of writing, Nesser explains, he is most happy when he finises the first draft: “You feel the story is already there and you just need to finish [and improve] it.” He doesn’t have a writing routine but he wished he had one. Instead, he writes periodically which is in his view sub-optimal.
Among the notable characters in which he has created, I like Inspector Van Veeteren the most and fortunately so far several of the books from this series have been translated into English.
Note: You can read our review of Mind’s Eye by Nesser here.
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