My Fiction Writing
Novels and Short Stories by Stefan Stenudd
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Writing is a way of thinking
. My novels are often born out of a question - of such a complex or intricate nature that a whole book is needed to form the answer. Somewhere along the line of writing the novel, I usually forget the initial question, but when the manuscript is finished - then it hits me: there's the answer, such as it is.
I believe that if it were possible to shorten this answer, I would have written a that much shorter novel - down to one single sentence, ideally. Mostly, that is not possible. Not to me, anyway.
Writing is a way of dreaming. It is strange how the construction of the novel becomes so concrete one can even smell its scents, stumble on its paving stones, get soaked by its rain, yes, be overcome by its intensified form of reality. The novel truly becomes in some sense more real than so called reality, sharper and more plausible.
In that way writing is like living - many lives.
I am greedy. One single life, no matter how long or rich, is not enough for me. When I see people pass by my table at a street cafe, when I gaze at all the lit windows of an apartment building in the evening, when I watch strangers join and greet each other at a railway station - then this greed burns inside of me. I want to live all those lives.
In my novels, this is exactly what I do.
Most of my novels so far are only published in Swedish. But below are two that I translated into English. More will come.
My new novel
Caroline witnesses the agonizing death of her twin brother, when they are no more than 15 years old. Horrified, she feels that nobody should ever have to die. Then she discovers a hidden visitor to her home, who has the ability to live forever without aging at all. And this ability can be transmitted.
As she gets to know the visitor, she finds that there are grisly downsides to such longevity. But events unfold, giving her little time to decide. Click the header to see the book at Amazon.
Sunday Brunch with the World Maker
Treating himself to the luxurious Sunday brunch of the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the author is joined by a young stranger. At first, their conversation is all about the author, his experiences and thoughts on life. But as the brunch progresses it becomes evident that the stranger has a lot to say, too. The conversation slips into the mysterious, soon to burst beyond the realm of possibility. Click the header to see the book at Amazon.
All's End is a science fiction novel of mine about a young man's quest through space and time, in search for a perfect world. It is published both in English and Swedish.
Click the header to read the first chapter of it - in English.
Occasionally I Contemplate Murder
This is not a novel, exactly. I call it a thought-book. I think about life, death, and the elusive meaning of it all. The book has been published in both English and Swedish.
The complete book is online. Click the header to read it.
Vaguely erotic short stories. And I mean vaguely. I wrote a couple and have a few more in the back of my head. Don't hold your breath, though. Click the header to read them.
I wrote a bunch of poems. Some of them I call syllable poems, because they are made up of one-syllable words only. Others are not. And then, there is one made up of single letter words... They can be found on this website. I also video filmed my recitals of some of it. Click the header to explore it. Click the video image to see my recital of the first pages of Occasionally I Contemplate Murder
, mentioned above.
The first chapters of a new novel in the making. Click the header to read it and let me know what you think. Maybe you can even figure out what the novel is about. I add chapters as I go along in the writing. It's quite irregular, which is normal for me.
SWEDISH WRITERS GUILD
The organization of Swedish authors.
Scandinavian literature online.
World classic literature online.
World literature online.
Libris, the Swedish royal library search engine.
The Library of Congress, USA.
My Other Websites
Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.
The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching
, its ancient source.
An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.
Qi (also spelled chi
) explained, with exercises to increase it.
The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.
Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.
The complete horoscope chart and how to read it.
Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon.
I'm a Swedish author
of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist
, an historian of ideas
and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor
. Click the header to read my full bio.