Shamanism and the Short Story

I’m taking a chance here – another one. I have a character I need to get to know in order to write about him, i.e. give him his own series. His name is David Maratse, and he is a policeman from the east coast of Greenland.

It’s not like we don’t know each other, but I feel I need to get to know him better, before we can start a crime series together.

One of the writers’ tricks we learned at Falmouth was writing a secret, something we didn’t know about our main character, something they wouldn’t want anyone to know – ever. I wrote a scene where The Ice Star’s original main character – a man called Ravn Tomassen – was late for his interview as a recruit for the Sirius Sledge Patrol. He was speeding down the road on his motorcycle, ran a red light, and caused an accident.

Ravn didn’t stop.

Perhaps that was one of the reasons he was shelved?

I don’t intend to make the same mistakes with Maratse.

Anyway, I can’t – we’ve already been through so much. However – and this is where the “chance” comes in – I intend to use the foil of really getting to know him, by putting the author into the story, in much the same way that Jack Higgins did in The Eagle has Landed.

We’ll see how it works. It’s an experiment after all, a chance to get to know Maratse, so that we are on the same page – literally and figuratively.

The first of Maratse’s short solo ventures is Katabatic.

In other news, I’m excited to announce that the third and final installment in my Greenland Trilogy, also published under the name of Christoffer Petersen, is available for pre-order.

The Shaman’s House sees the culmination of the adrenaline-fueled action thriller featuring Konstabel Fenna Brongaard. It’s been a wild ride, but the endgame is in sight, and it is going to be nothing less than spectacular.

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2 thoughts on “Shamanism and the Short Story

  1. Chris, your imagination, and creative output, is incredible, and so impressive. I loved what you share here about the writer’s trick of writing a secret, something we didn’t know about our main character, something they wouldn’t want anyone to know – ever. I’m going to use that to explore the characters of my new novel. Good luck with your latest book!

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