FJORD BLUE is my second novel, published on March 10, 2016, by Harmony Ink Press.
Seventeen-year-old Benjamin is shipped off to work on his grandparents’ remote farm in the fjords of Western Norway for the summer. It’s not like he didn’t deserve it. After all, he crashed his dad’s vintage Bonneville in a car-chase duel on a Miami freeway. Ben is mad at the world and not ready to reveal the reason for his bad behavior the past year, when he partied and got into fights to forget his attraction to his best friend’s hot cousin Dino.
Norway is cold and rainy, the farm is desolate and resists modernization, and the grandparents are quiet and religious. On to the scene waltzes Even, the eighteen-year-old farmhand, who counters Ben’s restlessness and complaints with friendship, fresh perspectives, and problems of his own.
With the mounting expectations of Ben taking over the farm one day, getting closer to Even becomes Ben’s only reason to stay put. As the friendship deepens, the two boys learn that secrets can turn into both beautiful and ugly truths, and that support can be found in unexpected places
Fun Facts about FJORD BLUE:
- Since one of the main characters is named EVEN, I avoided using the English word “even” after Even shows up in the story.
- My use of a local dialect caused the language proofreader who checked the Norwegian phrases a lot of problems!
- The various candy mentioned in the book are my personal favorites (save one), but the cars are not (despite being cool).
- Benjamin is the most fun, irresponsible and sweet character I’ve ever written. He’s also the complete opposite of the protagonist in my debut novel.
- With the exception of Benjamin, I had fun choosing character names that aren’t necessarily easy to pronounce in English. Authenticity rules! On that note, here is a pronunciation guide to the Norwegian names used in the book.
- Fjord Blue Study Guide (link opens up to downloadable DropBox pdf file)
For the YA Scavenger Hunt in spring 2016, I made an inspiration board for the book, and a Spotify playlist:
(Car enthusiasts will notice that the car pictured is not the vintage car mentioned in the book… But the color is right!)
The cover was designed by Aaron Anderson, who’s also responsible for the cover of my debut novel SUPERMASSIVE.