Hakan Nesser, Swedish Author ( February 21, 1950 - )

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Writing is a creative process, and you need to have the doors and windows of your mind open so that you have the possibility of change.~Hakan Nesser

Change Creative Writing

A good story can travel in time and borders; it hits you no matter where you are.~Hakan Nesser

Travel Time Good

It is difficult to survive as an author in Sweden, so for commercial success, it is good idea to write crime, get yourself translated, and live happily ever after.~Hakan Nesser

Success Good Yourself

I like the slow Scandinavian pace. I don't need cliffhangers in every chapter because I don't want to make a Hollywood movie out of it.~Hakan Nesser

Want Chapter Slow

I am not a political writer. I agree with Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, who are social writers. I can't write in that fashion. I am not good enough for that. What I am interested in is family dramas and why we are doing bad things to each other and what our motives are.~Hakan Nesser

Family Good I Am

I was a late bloomer. I was 38 when my first book was out and 43 when my first crime novel was out. I had a story that could only be told as a crime story. I think the genre is good; it deals with the fundamental questions of life and death. The problem is there are too many bad crime stories.~Hakan Nesser

Life Death Good

There are 195 crime books published in Sweden every year. You could cut that to 100 and keep the good ones.~Hakan Nesser

Good You Crime

If you want to start reading Swedish crime fiction, you have to start with Sjowall and Wahloo.~Hakan Nesser

Reading Start Want

While I'm writing, I'm also the first reader, and I want to write a book where I'm excited about what happens next.~Hakan Nesser

Book Writing Want

You should never ask, 'What would the readers like now?' Instead, you should ask, 'What would I like if I was a reader?' And then you must trust your own mind.~Hakan Nesser

Trust Mind You