An expat. A blogger. Sweden. A “hot guy named Anders”. And a murder mystery that no one knows is a murder mystery.
This is what I have come to learn about a young woman named Claire Duffy in a rapidly short amount of time.
Claire is a self-proclaimed professional daydreamer and accused “most fantastic liar” who moved to Stockholm simply because she liked it (essentially but innocently trumping any of us who call ourselves expats having done it a much easier way.) She didn’t know anyone there, didn’t have a job and couldn’t speak the language.
More impressively, she came up with a brilliant way to write a story. She started a blog last year called “Life is Swede“, a seemingly personal endeavor which was in fact a fictional thriller, revealed when murders started to take place in the story. As Claire puts it: “The reaction was mixed, with some readers intrigued by the twist and others feeling betrayed – begging the question, is all fair in love and fiction?”
It reminded me of the London art scene I am slowly started to know. Works like The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, in which theatre-goers follow characters around an empty warehouse redesigned as a Hollywood movie set for hours, discovering different stories depending on how they interpret the story and choose to follow a lead. Writers can have such power over their readers and when it is done well, it catches you up.
Without having read Claire’s entire book (yet) nor having attended the a fore-mentioned theatre performance (yet), I am making some pretty bold connections. In fact, this is one of the more spontaneous blog posts I’ve ever written (aren’t those the best kind though?)
There is something to be said about instant impressions. I am curious. I instantly admired Claire’s creativity, loved her voice and respected the gentle way she is promoting her craft. Now that the final post has been posted to Life is Swede, it has been published as an e-book. And Claire dreams of getting it onto Amazon’s bestsellers list on February 21st.
I am cheering for Claire and will be buying the book on February 21st. I encourage all those with spirits of the creatively-inclined to do the same.
Click here to buy the e-book.
Visit Claire’s real and brilliant blog The Grass is Dancing.
Read her latest fictional adventure Identity.