I am a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor living in Oslo, Norway. I was born in Ethiopia and have also lived in Senegal (Dakar), Denmark (Copenhagen) and in Norway.
I started to submit fiction for publishing late 2012 in English, my second language (my native language is Norwegian). My first story was one of the winners of a writing competition held by award-winning UK-based publisher Fox Spirit Books. My stories have since then appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as In flight literary magazine, Gone Lawn, Luna Station Quarterly, Tales of Fox and Fae and Girl at the End of the World. See the full list with links to forthcoming and published short stories here. You can read several of my short stories online.
My debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away was published by Fox Spirit Books in 2015. It’s a collection with linked tales of five survivors as they cling to what life is left in a future North. The book was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 in the category Best Collection.
I’m also co-editor for the anthologies European Monsters (2014) and African Monsters (2015). African Monsters was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 in the category Best Anthology. I am editor for the anthologies Winter Tales and Asian Monsters (both 2016), Pacific Monsters (Nov 2017) and three more annual monster books.
I reviewed books for The Future Fire For several years. My reviews are listed here
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