2012 was a splendid year. Maybe more so than I’d expected, to put it mildly.
Best of all, I got married to the fantastic guy who’s shared my life for seven years. That, of course, tops everything. That’s all the personal detail I’m going to go into, so on to the writerly stuff.
The first half of the year was all about finishing and editing Amatka and Jagannath. Two scripts at the same time was hard work – I even ended up giving myself inflamed finger joints – but worth it. The second half, they both took off, especially the collection. Both have received so much acclaim it’s ridiculous. I hoped for nice reviews, but this is beyond anything I’d imagined. Still digesting that part. So, good year. Hectic, but good.
So what about 2013? On the English side, I have some new stories coming up in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed Magazine and the anthology The Starry Wisdom Library, plus another couple of sales I’ll be able to brag about shortly. My story “Reindeer Mountain” from Jagannath is included in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, which is out in March.
Some convention appearances lined up: In late March I’ll be a guest at The Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing, China, which I’m very excited about. I’m also the Swedish author guest of honor at the next Swecon, Fantastika 2013.
Lastly, the Polish absurdist noir film Kim jest Arvid Pekon?, based on my short story “Who is Arvid Pekon?” will premiere at the Gothenburg Film Festival this month. It’ll be screened at film festivals around the world this year, so keep an eye out.
As for new projects, I’m working on an English translation of Amatka. Time will tell if I’ll end up translating all of it or if another translator will take over, which would save me a lot of time. Some new short stories are also in the works. I also have a couple of new Swedish projects not ready to be revealed just yet, but suffice to say I’ll be exploring a new format, and it’ll be awesome.