Friday Night Drinks with… Tobias Bukkehave

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Time for another Friday Night Drinks and, after a very long and busy week, I am ready to kick back and relax by chatting with author… Tobias Bukkehave

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Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

I’m having a good old G’n’T. If made correctly its just the best. So refreshing.

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My favourite drink. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

I’d take you around my home town of Copenhagen, Denmark and show you a good time. It’s a wonderful city with a lot of great places to go out.

Somewhere I have always wanted to visit. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

I’d invite the recently deceased John LeCarre to pick his brilliant brain on my favorite genre, clever spy literature. And then, just for kicks, I’d bring Steven Spielberg too, just because he is the greatest cinematic storyteller of our times and maybe me and John could convince him to make our books into films ; )

So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

Well, I had a breakthrough with my spy novel For King and Country last year and right now I’m writing the second instalment of the series. We just sold the movie rights and my agent is working hard to get the book published in the states and UK. So things are busy but great.

Sounds exciting. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?

My proudest moment was probably when For King And Country got its first major review. It was a 5 star in the leading Danish newspaper and it just accelerated things massively. The biggest challenge is right now. Getting a wrap on that sequel is pretty brutal and I’m really feeling the pressure.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

I really want my books to reach an international audience. Lockdown made the whole thing difficult but when the second book hits the market early next year we plan on making another big push in order to find strong publishers in the UK and US markets. Apart from that, I just wish to get my stories out there.

What are have planned that you are really excited about?

I’m super excited for the movie deal with Nordisk Film, the biggest Scandinavian production company. I cant wait to see what they do with my novel.

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

I love to go to the States. Its just so different and I have a lot of friends over there so visiting is always nice. Japan is on my bucket list for sure. 

Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.

Hmm.. I skateboard. Yes. I am a 41-year-old skateboarder..

Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

I could mention a ton of stuff here, but in order to say something a bit different i’ll go with James Clavells Tai Pan. It’s just amazing. 

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Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the story of Dirk Struan, the ruler – the Tai-Pan – of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. He is also a pirate, an opium smuggler, and a master manipulator of men. This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed masters of the Orient.

Outside of my normal reading comfort zone, so I will add it to the list. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

I drink water the last hour before I go to bed. If its bad, I chug a big glass of water with salt and 2 panodil (headache pill).

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

Hang out at the canals of Copenhagen where I happen to live. Eat some good food, see the city and go for drinks again tomorrow : )

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Thanks for joining me tonight, Tobias, it has been a fun chat.

Tobias’ book, For King and Country is not currently available in English in the UK, but keep your eyes open for it in the future.

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He was betrayed by his country and by his father.
He did not swear to look back.
Now Denmark needs him.

For Rear Admiral Richard Cortzen, everything started and ended with the fatherland. However, that concept does not say anything to his son, Tom. After a traumatic experience as a fighter soldier in Iraq, he has turned his back on both his father and his homeland.

However, when the father dies and Tom has to hurry home for the funeral, something happens. An old fellow soldier taps him on the shoulder: Denmark needs Tom.

Divided between the father’s lifelong struggle for God, king and fatherland and his own.

Tobias Bukkehave (August 1980) is a Danish writer who started out in fantasy literature. His fist two books about the boy Elmer Baltazar who travels to the mystical world of Arkadia were both nominated as best youth book of the year in Denmark.
In 2029 Bukkehave signed with Politikens Forlag and in 2020 he published ‘Kongetro’ (For King and Country) a spy novel inspired by current geopolitical events and focusing on the Danish special agent, Tom Cortzen. The book spend 15 weeks on the Danish bestseller list and topped that list for three weeks. The film rights have been sold to Nordisk Film and a feature film is under development there. Right now, Bukkehave is finishing the second book in the series and has signed for a third.
 
Connect with Tobias:
 
 
Instagram: @tbukkehave
 
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