Eva Maria Fredensborg can claim the Nordic Noir author heritage in two Nordic countries, as she was born to Danish parents, in Sweden.
Moving to Denmark when she was two has not stopped her loyalties to Sweden as she has based her first crime novel in Vaxjo. Even though where Eva Maria comes from can be divided between two nations, there are no doubts that where she is going is on one road.
Eva Maria Fredensborg has worked as a strategic planner in the advertising industry. She is one of Denmark’s most successful self-publishers. She published her first two novels, Once murderer (2013) and My mouth is closed (2014). After experiencing overwhelming success on her own, she joined Politiken Publishers in 2014 and has released her third book.
Although hugely successful she has described herself in previous interviews as a ‘messy’ writer who just writes at speed and is in wonder at how a book is formed from her words and categorised properly to make up a book that people want to keep on turning the pages for.
But this natural writing is a solid foundation as the story will eventually tell itself, when the content is right. And it most certainly is.
So my favourite must read Nordic Noir author this month is Eva Maria Fredensborg. Her characters are an interesting blend, looking into each crime from opposing angles. The protagonist Carl Pedersen is our on the ground detective who leads us through the cases, he interacts with a socialist and a profiler which can sometimes bring contention to each case.
Eva Maria is fluid in her writing and seems to think ahead with clever twists. The back drops are well described and the endings realistic.
Her latest book: Making The Cut
Making the Cut, is the third book in Eva Maria Fredensborg’s trilogy about head of investigation Carl Pedersen, sociologist Asta Qvist and profiling expert Robert Strand.
A Danish premier league football player, Joachim Rahn, is found dead as the season’s final victory is being celebrated. He has been cold-bloodily liquidated by a single shot to the forehead. The police suspect the victim’s best friend and team player, Alexander Karlsen, who disappeared straight after the murder. Joachim has hindered Alexander’s opportunities for signing up with a major foreign club and has apparently stolen Alexander’s girlfriend. But the case also has personal consequences for the investigation team, who all have a vested interest in getting the case solved. This is especially true of Carl Pedersen, who has been the football coach for both the suspect and the victim, who had been good friends with his son Emil. Joachim Rahn’s murder takes the police on a complex trail of organised crime, the biker milieu, steroids, Christiania and match-fixing.
This Nordic Noir author has done phenomenally well by herself and now with her publishing house, this is a testament to her writing talents. Eva Marias can do attitude is the path she took to become so successful.
One summer in Sweden Eva Maria was reading a Swedish novel and wondered if it was possible to translate it into Danish and publish it in Denmark. She did, and this not only saw her achieving success in a new area of publishing but it triggered an idea of actually writing her own novel from scratch and publishing that.
In her own words of “not being compatible” with publishing houses in the beginning when she tried to publish her first crime novel, Once murderer she also went on to successfully publish the second book in her trilogy, My mouth is closed.
Eventually Eva Maria found her ‘compatible’ publishing house and the third book in the series, Blind, was published by them in February.
With a desire to write, coming out from translating other authors books, taking the alternate route to begin with and self-publishing and being proudly from two Nordic cultures, Eva Maria Fredensborg is most certainly a stand out author. But her books are also addictive and a must have to any Nordic/Scandi crime book-shelf.
Reviews for her latest MAKING THE CUT
“’Blinded’ is a real page-turner, which unfortunately ended much too soon. Eva Maria keeps getting better and better (…) don’t miss this!”.
Krimifan.dk (four hearts out of five)
“Blinded” is in a league of its own … The words flow steadily and the narrative is so exciting that it is impossible to put down.
Photos by Les Kaner
Tags: 'nordic noir', 'scandi crime', books, danish, swedish
Sarah is a 36 years old British mum to 4 daughters, a blogger on IG @the_wormcatcher, a freelance writer for various online magazines and has just finished her debut crime fiction novel 'A Presence of Absence' which is a mix of Nordic noir and brit crime. So watch this space!
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