Have you ever done something you kind of didn‘t quite believe you would manage to do, even while you were doing it? Finished a marathon, wrestled a crocodile, asked someone out in sixth grade? These are the achievements that will come to define your life. We all have them – times when we’ve pushed ourselves to the limit of what we thought we could do, and pushed so hard that we popped out on the other side. Sometimes, of course, it ends in screaming and loss of limbs – but occasionally you actually succeed. Calibrating slightly for levels of adrenaline and fear of immediate death when attempting these feats, underneath is the same feeling of detached wonder and “Whoa. This is happening” – and it starts like this. Continue reading
Let’s start with an introduction: Who is Snorri Kristjansson?
Teacher, writer, lover of cake, mild-mannered Viking and all-round enthusiast.
Your latest novel, Swords of Good Men, was recently published by Jo Fletcher Books. How would you introduce the novel to a potential reader?
As a subversive, gritty, Grimdark-with-a-heart genre-buster, straddling the realms of Historical Fiction and Fantasy like a mythical God – or an action book with Vikings. Depends, really.
Is it part of a series?
It is indeed! Book 2 is currently finished and at the being-beaten-with-sticks-until-it-behaves stage. Work starts on Book 3 at the end of the month.
What inspired you to write the novel?
An abundance of time, a lack of employment and a couple of ridiculous coincidences.
And where do you draw your inspiration from in general?
All around. An awful lot goes in, gets mixed somewhere about an inch behind the right ear and comes back out in idea form. Some of them aren’t very good at all.
Why are Vikings so cool?
Big question. Short answer: A combination of beliefs, actions, ingenuity, style and individuality. Shorter answer: ’coz they are. Wanna fight?
How were you introduced to genre fiction?
We are all children of Tolkien, I suppose. Stacks of Raymond Feist and David Gemmell followed.
How do you enjoy being a writer and working within the publishing industry?
It’s great. My publisher and her army of Book Ninjas are a terrifying joy to behold.
Do you have any specific working, writing, researching practices?
I write well in cafés, but I haven’t had the luxury of establishing rituals yet. The time will come, though.
I’ve been writing for a long, long time, but never really viewed it as my Main Thing until relatively recently, when I totaled up the years and brain-miles spent doing text work of one sort or another.
Do you still look back on it fondly?
I’m not big on looking back, truth be told. I’m a forward kinda guy.
What’s your opinion of the genre today, and where do you see your work fitting into it?
The genre’s main problem is that there are way too many clever storytellers out there pumping out great and glorious work, and I don’t have the time to read it all. This is serious, so I would like fellow authors to be less awesome, thank you kindly.
What other projects are you working on, and what do you have currently in the pipeline?
The conclusion to the Valhalla Saga, an outline of another thing that I can’t speak about, a couple of film things with cool kids that I can also not speak about and various other things. This list might have been more interesting in mime.
Tome of the Undrgates by Sam Sykes, which is great fun.
I completely agree! What’s something readers might be surprised to learn about you?
I have done a full 50 minute standup show on a warship.
What are you most looking forward to in the next twelve months?
Oh, that list is LONG, but right at this moment I’d say, “Not being in the state of moving house”, which will happen very soon. Oh, and cake.
Another book that turned up without any foreknowledge, Snorri Kristjansson’s Swords of Good Men sounds pretty awesome:
To Ulfar Thormodsson, the Viking town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on a long journey in his riveting adventure of clashing Viking powers. Tasked with looking after his cousin after disgracing his father, he has traveled the world and now only wants to go home.
Stenvik is different: it contains the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures Ulfar’s heart – but Stenvik is also home to some very deadly men, who could break Ulfar in an instant.
King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the East, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword, and a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman are sailing from the north.
But Ulfar is about to learn that his enemies are not all outside the walls.
I’ve been bad about keeping up-to-date with Jo Fletcher Books releases (Bad Stef!). I’m hoping to get to this ASAP. Swords of Good Men will be published in the UK and the US(?) in August 2013.