My first presentation to the Kenyan public went reasonably well. An interested audience and a professional moderator made it a nice experience. However, the mix of authors on stage was not quite what it was set out to be. It was great to meet John Kiriamiti and hear something about the magnificent story of his life, a reformed bank robber who smuggled out his fist manuscript page by page from prison. Unfortunately, the other two African writers could not make it. This meant surprisingly enough a certain dominance for us Scandinavian writers, which was not intended.
With that said, it was a true pleasure to meet KO Dahl. We obviously have many similarities in how we approach the idea of a story and without having read any of his books yet I suspect that we have much in common as crime writers.
I was definitely the junior on the panel, not only in years, but also in the number of books published. Kiriatmiti has written five books and KO Dahl fifteen!!
I am now the proud owner of a signed copy of KO Dahl's "The last fix", one of four books that he has had published in English. As I'm sure you know, my first is still to come...
With that said, I now have received an excellent sample translation of forty pages from Shadowplay by Neil Betteridge. It will facilitate the work of my agents, which is the prime objective, but it also meant that I could offer at least something to the Kenyan public at the festival.
Now I am seriously getting into writing mode again. It is absolutely necessary.