Regular or decaf? Definitely regular. I need the caffeine to clear my brain when I work.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? I prefer the ocean. But mostly wading by the edge of the water since I don’t swim very well. If I fell off a boat, I’d probably drown.
Candles or spray air fresheners? Candles. Much more cosy, and I don’t like very strong smells.
Do you have a green thumb for plants? No. I mostly have hardy plants, otherwise they die on me. Although I do have one orchid which seems to like me.
Do you like feather pillow or foam? Foam. This is mostly to avoid animal products.
What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets? I collect magnets for my refridgerator from places I have visited. I just started so I don’t have that many.
Real sugar or artificial sweetener? Artificial sweetener. I drink a lot of diet coke. Hopefully, it’s not too harmful.
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi.
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle? Manual. I even tried getting a car with manual transmission at a car rental in Florida, and I was the second person in ten years who had asked for it. They didn’t have it so that was my first experience with automatic transmission. Nobody got hurt though.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were. I was ten and I had a short-story contest with my cousin. I think it was something about a robbery. We both won because my mom didn’t have the heart to pick a winner.
Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country? I like to live on the outskirts of big cities. Not too noisy and closer to nature – preferably the forest or the sea, but still easy access to cultural events and shopping.
Who is your favorite actor? Kevin Spacey. I actually had a killer in one of my books who was obsessed with Spacey.
What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings. I always loved fairy tells, and this is a great one.
Do you play an instrument? If so what? No. My father is a musician and tried hard to teach me to play the piano. It didn’t work out. By now, I may be able to play a few seconds of Mozart.
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have? Not many. I do make my own book covers and graphics though, but it takes me ages to come up with ideas.
What was your first job? My first job was in a factory which made ketchup, marmelade and the like. I put bottles from a pallet on an assembly line, monitored a labelling machine and packed it all in boxes. It was a good experience.
Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes? Yes. I work at home, and when I lived in Denmark, I often had cold feet and used lambskin shoes.
Book Description: Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.
Danish crime writer Inger Wolf has spent most of her life in the city of Århus in Denmark close to the forests and the sea. This beautiful place has been the fictitious setting for several murder cases in her novels.
Inger started writing when she was around ten years old. When she was 15, she wrote her first book – a novel about a rock band. The book was never published, and more unsuccessful attempts followed before she finally had her first novel Sidespring (On the Side) – a book about divorce and motherhood – published in 2000 by Rosinante. In the meantime she studied English at a business school, and supported herself as a freelance translator.
Long walks in the forests around Århus became the inspiration for her first crime novel Sort Sensommer (Black Indian Summer) which was published by Modtryk in 2006. Sort Sensommer won the 2006 Danish Crime Academy Award as ‘Most Exciting Crime Novel Debut’, and the rights for the book were sold to Norway, Holland, Germany, Sweden, France and Spain. Since then four more books about chief inspector Daniel Trokic and his team have been published in Denmark – Frost og Aske (Frost and Ashes) in 2008, Sangfuglen (Song Bird) in 2009, Hvepsereden (Wasp’s Nest) in 2011 and Ondt Vand (Evil Water) in 2012.
Evil Water (2012) is her first book translated into English, and more will follow. To Inger this is a new opportunity to reach and get to know a new audience.
In 2011 she decided to quit traditional publishing in order to get more control over her career. She founded her own publishing house, Black Cat Edition, which is now publishing all ebooks and future paper books.
Today, Inger lives with her Dutch boyfriend Toine and her 17 year-old daughter Cecilie in a town house in southern Spain. The household also include two cats and two dogs.