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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

'Invite readers into your world'


“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 self-confidence it’s not evident in his work.  He has parlayed it into his two highly successful careers.  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.

Nesbo's books have sold some 50 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages.  Many of his readers also tune in to hear him sing.  Nesbo has been the 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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