I websearch myself every few days, so I can snag new reviews, get the URLS for interviews, stuff like that, and look for articles I think might be of interest to crime fans. Since I live in Finland, little is written about the new fancy terms for our homegrown Nordic crime writing. When I was first published internationally–it happened very quickly–a few countries/languages in a few weeks, the press wrote about me being the newest addition to the Scandinavian Crime Wave. They dedicated a lot of ink comparing me to Stieg Larsson. I had never read anything by him. It was interesting to be part of a literary movement I had never heard of. I have never wanted to categorize myself in any way. To define a thing is to limit it. Why would I want to do that to myself? But if reviewers wanted to categorize me, I didn’t care. I just want people to read my books.
Then the term Scandinavian Crime Wave seemed to disappear, to be replaced by Nordic Noir. This has a nice ring to it, but is something of a misnomer, because very little of Nordic crime fiction is noir. But it was written that, to paraphrase, Thompson writes the darkest of the darkest dark, so I stated saying ,”Yeah, I write Nordic Noir,” because I felt it helped with reader expectations when choosing their reading selections.
Now I have read that I am a leading figure in the “New School of Noir.” I have no idea what that means, entails or what authors it includes. I’m not even going to Google it. Why bother? Readers and reviewers define and decide such things, so if they say it’s true, so it must be. It’s fun in a way. I’m waiting on the day I’m labeled a Harlequin-genre novelist.