1) To begin with, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to this Q+A. Means much to me. Your latest novel "After She'd Gone" is going to be published on October 4, 2022 (Head of Zeus) and fans of Scandinavian crime fiction are already eager for getting a first glimpse of your new book. For starters, can you give us a brief synopsis of the story in order for the reader to understand what the novel is about.
2) Readers who are familiar with your body of work so far will detect a significant differentiation as far as the choice of main themes is concerned. While in your previous novels, you insisted on universal motifs such as womanhood and motherhood, in "After She'd Gone" you turn your attention to the burning issue of sex trafficking and the exploitation and subsequent victimization of vulnerable women. Why did you choose to focus on a social blight this time? Did you have to do any research on the subject of sex trafficking?
3) Nevertheless, apart from the aforementioned distinction, some of your favorite tropes are present again: the individual who struggles to keep his past well-hidden from their loved ones as a possible revelation would lead to disaster. In your article which was published in Publishers Weekly (May 11, 2018), you wrote: "we write our own reality and, to a large extent, our own truth. The real danger arises when the truth becomes so threatening that you will do absolutely anything to keep it hidden". Is that the case with Liv?
4) Even though the little sleepy town of Sandefjord is once again at the center of the plot, we also follow Anastasia's story which takes place in the city of Milan. Do you write only about places you've been or do you let your imagination free when describing unknown places?
5) In terms of narrative technique, I spotted a kind of an oddity regarding the use of first-person narrative exclusively for Liv while the other protagonists are outlined through the use of the third-person point of view. What is the reason for this discrimination?
6) You have said that you prefer to write in the company of -loud- music. Can you tell which artists/songs did you choose in your latest endeavor?
7) How difficult is it to write from the perspective of a little child (Adrian) who, furthermore, deals with issues related to autism?
8) Your work so far features mainly women protagonists and characters. Do you consider yourself to be a women's author in the sense that your intention is to primarily appeal to the female readership?
9) You have stated that you don't read much crime fiction. Which genres do you prefer and what are you reading currently?
10) Finally, I would like to ask for your future writing plans. You have said that "I'm never short of inspiration when it comes to writing- I have at least another five novels 'ready' in my head" (10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Alex Dahl (femalefirst.co.uk). So, what's next?