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Stefan Ahnhem is a Swedish author that writes mystery novels and crime fiction. If anyone told young Stefan that he would become a published author in the future, he would have laughed at them. Back then, reading was a challenge for Stefan.
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He had a teacher that would use wooden blocks with colorful letters to teach him. The teacher in question would take him out of class to play with these wooden blocks while the rest of his peers continued with their Swedish lessons.
However, the author had a knack for telling stories that never left him. Because he was an only child, Stefan spent a lot of time by himself with only his imagination to keep him company. The experience fed his creativity. Where other people saw rocking chairs and ordinary maps, the author saw rocket ships and clues to hidden treasures.
Stefan never had trouble creating new stories. For a time, he was tempted to pursue a career in physics and mathematics. But he couldn’t deny his passion for storytelling, which is why he became a screenwriter.
He spent the next two decades writing for television and film before he finally decided to focus his efforts on publishing. At the time, Stefan’s career had plateaued. The Scandinavian film industry was too small to offer any additional opportunities.
He was left with two choices. He could either move to Hollywood to advance his career or write the novels he had spent so many years dreaming about. Hollywood wasn’t much of an option. Stefan had a wife and four children. He had no intention of dragging them to the US.
So he decided to write novels instead. His experience as a screenwriter came in handy. After twenty years, he knew what a good story looked like and what it took to keep audiences hooked. The two fields differed slightly.
The process of writing a screenplay was collaborative. It took several parties, including actors, directors, and photographers, to turn a script into a movie. A novel was a solitary undertaking. Stefan had to learn to inhabit the shoes of his characters, to see the world through their eyes.
Eventually, he wrote and published ‘Victim Without A Face’, proving that he was just as talented a fiction writer as he was a screenwriter. The book was so gripping that his wife read it one night during their stay at his parent’s place and it scared her to the point where she refused to sleep alone.
The scares were intentional. When Stefan is writing, he tries to imagine how he would react if he was reading his story for the first time. He expects his books to scare him as effectively as they would a random reader. If his books don’t scare him, he doesn’t expect them to scare other people.
The author uses that same approach to craft his twists and turns. When he sits down to write a novel, Stefan has no idea how it will end or what will happen down the line. If he doesn’t know how his story will end, his readers will have an equally difficult time predicting the climax.
The author writes at least a thousand words every single day. His day starts with exercise. 10 Am finds him at his laptop, writing. It can take him up to a year to write the first draft.
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Victim Without A Face: Fabian Risk was back in Helsingborg, his hometown. With his wife and children in tow, Fabian wanted to enjoy his six-week vacation before he began attending to his duties in the homicide department.
But a brutal murder made that impossible. Jorgen Palsson was dead. Someone had killed him before cutting his hands off. He wasn’t the only former classmate to suffer the same fate. Someone was killing the detective’s former schoolmates for the sins they had committed. Fabian had to find the culprit before more people died.
The Ninth Grave: The Swedish Minister of Justice was gone. He walked into a blizzard. Around the same time, a Danish celebrity thought she was safe and sound in her locked home when she heard movement in the living room.
Now, the police are on the hunt for a pair of killers. One has a penchant for dissecting his targets while the other is obsessed with women.
When Does The Next Stefan Ahnhem book come out?
Stefan Ahnhem doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Final Nail and was released on May, 17th 2021. It is the newest book in the Fabian Risk Series.