I am Norwegian

Even if my name suggest otherwise, I'm utterly Norwegian, and have no British relatives (to my knowledge). My last name comes from a small mountain village close to the Swedish border, best known for a large bear population. I do, however, write in English, so You Let Me In has not been translated.

You Let Me In

You Let Me In

I was over 40 when I sold my first novel

Though I have been writing all my life, I didn't brave the novel until I reached my mid-thirties. Like many other creatives, I had been struggling to find time and space for my words. This only goes to show, I suppose, that writing is a dream without an expiry date.

I used to publish fairy tales

Before I started writing novels, I ran a tiny press together with a friend. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We published a couple of anthologies before going on indefinite hiatus. One of them was a collection of subverted fairy tales, focusing on fairy tale princesses.

My cats inspired You Let Me In

My cats' habit of bringing greenery into the house gave me the first idea to the novel. One day, while picking up after them, I suddenly thought; what if I didn't have cats? What other possible reasons could there be for twigs and leaves littering my floors? The answer I came up with became the first seed to You Let Me In.

I don't like straight answers

I have always loved books that are mysteries in themselves; the kind that doesn't give you any clear-cut answers, but makes you ponder long after the last page has been read. You Let Me In has two possible stories running alongside each other –– both of them end in murder, but in very different ways.

My female characters are dark and complicated

The stereotypical woman is utterly nice, which is why it's important to me to write female characters who aren't always good, and who doesn't always have wholesome agendas. Cassandra, the main character in You Let Me In, is thorny and strange. She distrusts the world and doesn't play well with others. This can be both a blessing and a curse, but it can also leave you open to influences of not an entirely healthy kind, which is perhaps what happens to Cassandra.

I cannot seem to stick to one genre

In addition to my speculative work, I write historical novels, but my inability to pick a genre doesn't end there. You Let Me In is a cross between fantasy and thriller, with a spatter of horror and a smidge of twisted romance, and since there are no straight answers to be found on its pages, it's really up to the reader to decide what kind of book it is.

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce is published on 5th March by Bantam Press