Thomas Enger

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Thomas Enger

Thomas Enger was born in Oslo, Norway. He spent his childhood playing football and dreamed of becoming a professional footballer at Manchester United. But he never made it further than Ull/Kisa (a club at the third highest level in Norway). He does have one hell of a passing foot, though.

His first paid job, besides the odd summer job cutting a neighbour’s lawn (not a lucrative or a particularly smart job, since he’s allergic to grass…) was as a garbage disposer at Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen (the airport). The summer job at OSL didn’t last more than a few weeks, either, and then Thomas moved on to bigger things – working in a kiosk at a shopping mall in Lorenskog just outside Oslo. He wore a nice shirt and all.

Then he went into the military for nine months, got to fire a rifle at least three times, but mostly spent his days in an office listening to Metallica. He did get to wear a nice-looking uniform, though.

After Thomas’s soldiering days he went to Oslo to study sports. Then he spent a year working as a sports teacher in Jessheim, where he grew up. He then got to go to Stavanger and learn the basics of journalism. Oslo was again his next destination – Nettavisen became Thomas’s first real employer. He worked there from 2000 to the summer of 2008, the last five years as a sports chief editor.

But what he really wanted to do was to write fiction. After having tried for 15 years (yes, he’s a resilient bastard), he finally succeeded. His first novel Burned (originally titled Skinndød) was published in February 2010.

Thomas lives in Oslo with his wife and two kids. And he likes to play golf. He’s still trying to figure out how that little bastard of a ball operates. Or maybe he’s just finding new ways to cut the grass.


Interviewed 31 March 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

1. Fun. 2. Tedious. 3. Exciting. 4. Draining. 5. Rewarding. 6. Frustrating. 7. Adventurous. 8. Envy-evoking. 9. Mind-blowing. 10. Life-changing.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

1. The snow falling down on the wet pavement outside. 2. The clock on the stove telling me it's 8.50. 3. My headphones. 4. The coffee machine. 5. Plants on the windowsill. 6. 126 Norwegian kroner. 7. A receipt for a bus ticket. 8. My daughter's wrist bandage. 9. A small bag of Fisherman's Friend (honey & lemon)

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Fried bacon, tomato and beans with a slice of toast.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

1. Barack Obama. 2. Hans Zimmer. 3. Stephen King. 4. Michael McIntyre. 5. Gillian Flynn. 6. Alicia Wikander. 7. JK Rowling.

Six things you can't live without ...

1. My family. 2. My jogging shoes. 3. My piano. 4. Manchester United. 5. Coffee. 6. My computer.

Five favourite words ...

1. Daddy. 2. Yes. 3. Ethereal. 4. Epiphany. 5. Sorceress.

Four places you'd run away to ...

1. Our teeny-tiny summer cabin in Stavern. 2. Lofoten. 3. The Maldives. 4. A remote cabin in the mountains with a fresh, huge stack of books.

Three books you've bought recently ...

1. LaBrava (Elmore Leonard). 2 Freaky Deaky (Elmore Leonard). 3. Killshot (Elmore Leonard).

Two things that make you rant ...

1. Drivers in the wrong lane. 2. People not allowing other people to leave the train or tram before they go on board themselves.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don't worry, be happy.