25th of January 2021
What parts of this culture did you really want to highlight through the narrative and what lessons have Vikings from the past taught you about living today?
At the forefront of my narrative is the idea that culture dictates everything else. The Vikings acted as they did because of their belief-system, which dictated their culture.
If you truly believe that in order to get to the cool afterlife, where the awesome gods feast, you first have to die an honourable death in battle… Well then you have to go out and get into some fights to find those battles. Otherwise there’s absolutely no chance of you ending up in that awesome hall in the afterlife.
21st of December 2020
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers, particularly those tackling large books or trilogies?
Knowing where you’re going is crucial. I think this is especially true for larger works because there is a lot of room to be blown off-course.
About a month into my first draft I began to write one of the last chapters of the entire trilogy. I kept writing on it, on and off. Having a solid ending meant that no matter how much the story changed, I always knew exactly where I needed to end up and how my characters had to evolve too. It kept me grounded and allowed room for things to change and be fluid.
2nd of December 2020
How many rejections before someone asked for a full manuscript?
My current day agent was the eleventh agent that I contacted and the day after I sent him a query, he responded wanting to see the full thing. But.... Then the waiting game began and I continued to query because I had been in a similar situation before and been rejected. By the time my agent had finished the manuscript and we met up, I had received more rejections than I can count on my hands and feet.
When signing with a publisher is it simply a question of who says yes?
My answer to this is both yes and no. When it came to agents, I ended up having a real choice between two. When it came to publishers, I did not, but I was just super lucky that I ended up where I did.
16th of November 2020
Should an eager reader flip open Northern Wrath and land on page 69, they would find only a few lines to digest.
They would land at the end of a chapter and this particular chapter is from the point of view of a minor character in Northern Wrath. One might therefore assume that it would not be representative of the novel as a whole, and yet… On this very page, the reader would discover the heart of the initial conflict of the novel,
16th of November 2020
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?
The title, Northern Wrath, immediately tells a potential reader that there are some people in the north, and that these people are pretty angry. So that certainly puts potential readers on the right path.
The title also encapsulates the first book in a different way for readers, as it references both a scene and a physical symbol within the book
4th of November 2020
What is the first fiction piece you remember writing?
The first one I remember was back when I was 12. Unable to wait for the sixth installment of Harry Potter, I stretched my fingers and wrote a fanfiction. It followed Cho Chang and there was a whole section from Draco Malfoy’s point of view where he got bitten by a werewolf and was in terrible pain but other than that I don’t remember much about it. I abandoned it after 9 chapters.
2nd of November 2020
Thilde Kold Holdt entraîne le lecteur dans une épopée Vikings
Thilde Kold Holdt, ce norm pourrait bien briller à l’avenir, dans le monde de l’édition. Cette Danoise de 27 ans publie chez Solaris le 1er tome d’une trilogie fantastique aujourd’hui terminée: Northern Wrath.
La diffusion couvre la Grande-Bretagne, les Étas-Unis et tous les pays de banque anglaise. L’oevre, plus de 2000 pages, a été écrite à Roquebrun, et aura demandé cinq ans de travail.
1st of November 2020
Is Odin the figure that interests you most from Norse Mythology?
Odin is a fascinating figure to me because although he is the Alfather and this grand figure who is basically the god of gods, he is also not a dashing hero, and maybe that’s why none of my characters truly are either. The very idea of a dashing hero to save the day seems at odds with the decisive figures that populate Norse mythology.
November 2020 Isse
We gather you’ve sailed on a Viking warship! How?! What’s that like?
It’s a magical experience of camaraderie. During one cold night sail I slept curled up at the aft, freezing, when a headlight shone into my eyes. I awoke only to see that it was the full moon rising above the curved sail. A lightning storm flashed in the distance. Magical.
29th of October 2020
How long did the first book take to get from "idea" to "done"?
Great question, it depends on what we consider "done". But let me try to break it down to give you a better idea.
I got the idea end August 2015 (I think that's the right year?) and then I did research. I began writing on the 27th of September. By June the following year I had a first draft that was about 200 000 words long. Add an additional year of editing while I wrote the next instalment (or what I thought would be the next instalment), and I had something pretty good.
28th of October 2020
Did you have many inspirations when writing Northern Wrath and if so, what were they?
I took my inspiration for Northern Wrath almost exclusively from real history and Norse beliefs. My main inspiration was the research I did. I especially relied on the Poetic Edda, which tells the naughty stories of the Norse gods and which, more importantly, gives a real insight into the culture of the Vikings. A culture that I had grown up within.