Una, the movie adaptation of my ghost-story novella, also titled Una, got its second grant from the Icelandic Film Centre the other day. The penned director, Marteinn Thorsson, and me are thrilled about it, and we've started working on the full-feature script. If everything goes as planned, shooting could start late next year. More on this later.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I did a small side project the other day. In short, I "rewrote" the The Gospel of John (Jóhannesarguðspjall), making Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene change roles, so instead of Jesus walking on water, being crucified, and so on, it's Mary. I also changed the gender of God, some of "Mary's" apostles, and did some other alterations to the ancient text.
Forlagið published it as an ebook. It can also be purchased here.
Here are some interviews and some news about the book, everything in Icelandic: Pressan, DV, and Fréttablaðið.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I came across this nice critique about Le Sang d'Odin, which ends by saying: "A beautiful discovery that I recommend". It's always pleasing to hear from a happy reader.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sólkross and Hnífur Abrahams were two of the most sold e-books on one of Iceland's main e-book site, taking the 9th and 10th place on the site's top 10 list.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
There's a small article in Fréttablaðið today about my new horror script, "The Hidden". At the moment, the co-author of it, is in Los Angeles, having meetings with different producers. One of the first producers to check it out was Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four), and there are more meetings scheduled the next days, with more exciting producers. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I just finished a screenplay called "The Hidden", written with a friend of mine, Icelandic commercial director Thor Saevarsson.
It's a horror script in English, but takes place in Iceland. I hope I'll be able to bring you more news about this exciting project sometime in the future.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I did a radio interview in Iceland this morning, through the phone from Spain. It's about the prize Blóð hraustra manna won and other things. It starts on minute 45 and is 10 minutes long.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Here's another announcement about the literature prize my novel received last weekend, this time with the argument from the committee: "The author manages to create excitement from page one, the book captures the reader's attention and the characters are believable. The foe gave us chills and auto shops have been added to places to avoid."
Monday, February 3, 2014
Blóð hraustra manna won a literature prize in Iceland! It's called "Tindabikkjan" and is for the best crime novel in Iceland in the year 2013, awarded by the Crime Literature Organization in the western fjords of Iceland (Glæpafélag Vestfjarða in Icelandic). Blóð hraustra manna was chosen over books by writers such as Arnaldur Indriðason and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.
Here's a link to a short Icelandic article about it. The picture above is of the award. I also got two kilos of frozen ray fish, which is a traditional food in that area of Iceland. I'm very happy and honored.
Friday, January 17, 2014
I came a across this announcement on the main Icelandic literature website. It's for a new book club or reader's circle that has been founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, for Icelanders living there, and they've chosen my thriller from 2008, Sólkross, as the book club's first book.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Blóð hraustra manna got yet another good review, now in Kvennablaðið, saying: "It's hard to give out any details about the plot but this is a thriller that pulls you in from the first page and keeps you there until the complete end. A very cool thriller.“
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I was in the radio with fellow screenwriter Hrafnkell Stefánsson talking about Borgríki and Borgríki 2: Blóð hraustra manna and my new novel, Blóð hraustra manna.
It's 13 minutes long and in Icelandic.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Here's a nice review about Le Sang d'Odin, which says: "...I could not help but read it as soon as possible: I started Friday night and ended Sunday morning. I highly recommend you do so if you want to dive head first into a lively murder mystery and thereby discover some Nordic mysteries!"
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I came across this interview with a member of the staff of the German Audible site. When asked what was on her iPod she answered: "I'm listening to Das Sonnenkreuz from the series Nordic Killing by Ottar Martin Norðfjörð. The beat of the old Scandinavian heart goes faster! I feel like in an old lecture, thinking the whole time: "I should write this down, maybe I will one day be asked about it in an exam"."
It's alway fun to hear from people abroad that are reading my books. In other news, Das Sonnenkreuz is still on the crime bestseller list on the German Audible and has been there for several weeks.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
A teaser (short trailer) for Borgríki II: Blóð hraustra manna was premiered in Iceland the other day. The movie will premiere next autumn. The movie tells the same story as my novel, Blóð hraustra manna. It's quite interesting seeing characters from your book come to live.