“As a writer, you have to believe you’re one of the best writers in the world. To sit down every day at the typewriter filled with self-doubt is not a good idea.” – Jo Nesbo
If the Norwegian writer and singer Jo Nesbo lacks any of that self-confidence it’s not evident in his work. He has parlayed it into two highly successful careers during his 55 years. The first, of course, is for his creative fiction where he writes about Norwegian and international crime solver Harry Hole, a gritty detective known for his ability to not only solve perplexing crimes but also “save the girl,” much to the delight of the legions of Nesbo readers.
On his birthday today, Nesbo also is celebrating that his books have now surpassed 25 million in worldwide sales and been translated into 40 languages. Many of his readers also tune in to hear him sing. Nesbo is one of the most “known” front men in the performance world as lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band DJ Derre. The personable Nesbo, who grew up in a small town and has not forgotten his roots, says his readers and listeners think of him as “a family member made good.”
As for writing: “I’ve always said that you can’t visit readers where you think they are, but instead you need to invite them home to where you are,” he said. “They need to join you in your world. That’s the art of storytelling.”
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