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The short version

M. Howalt grew up in suburban Denmark, but writes stories that most often take place in a far-away, magical land or a nitty-gritty alternate reality. Armed with a master’s degree in English studies, a head full of ideas, a pet cat (or feline overlord as he likes to think), this writer pens supernatural fiction with a literary twist and emotional realism.

 

The long version

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, but when I was 11 years old, the library in my hometown in suburban Denmark ran out of the kind of books I wanted to read, and I started writing my own stories down.
Over the years, the stories grew quite a lot more complex and some of them a whole lot longer, but it wasn’t until I’d graduated Copenhagen University with a master’s degree in English studies that I decided to pursue writing more seriously.
By now, I’ve had a number of flash fiction pieces published, most notably on Every Day Fiction and QuarterReads. My first novel, Aconitum, is currently being serialised on JukePop Serials.

I like to describe my style as a mixture of genres. Most of what I write has an element of the fantastical – magic, supernatural creatures or the like, but above all, I strive to deliver relevant stories with universal subjects and emotional realism .

Besides being a writer, I am a freelance translator and I also teach English to adults at night school. I enjoy reading and am fond of a lot of different books, but I do have a penchant for supernatural, speculative and literary fiction. I also take a lot of photos of my cats and of urban and rural landscapes. Sometimes I draw in my spare time (and when I do, it’s often characters from my stories). I enjoy listening to music and have a playlist that serves as the unofficial soundtrack for every story I write. When I want to unwind, I like to go for a walk, hang out at a café or play computer games with friends.

 

The odd version

Taking a different approach to traditional infodumping, here are a few merit badge(r)s that sum me up nicely. Please mouseover for explanations.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2010 6:33 pm

    Glad to meet you, “M”. You aren’t 007’s boss by any chance, are you? Good to find your blog.

    • December 5, 2010 6:59 pm

      How did you guess? No, actually I just think that a mysterious letter instead of a given name makes for such interesting/popular writers. Just take D.H., C.S., J.R.R. or J.K. for instance. Or perhaps I am deliberately not disclosing my gender. Maybe I don’t like my given name. It could also be because my cat has an M on his forehead (red tabbies do that, I’m told). Or could it be that I am just being paranoid about the Intarwebs? Who knows, I may not have a point at all. ;)
      Anyway, thank you for visiting and commenting! I’m now going to have a look at your blog. :D

  2. December 22, 2010 4:01 am

    So secretive and mysterious :)

    Maybe you chose M because it’s right in the middle of the alphabet? Or maybe no one else would notice that and I have too much time on my hands for even stopping to think about that. Oh well…

    • December 22, 2010 10:23 am

      It’s a good point – and I did know that it’s the 13th letter, so maybe that is it. But that only works with the English alphabet, of course.
      Thank you for the comment! :)

  3. December 27, 2010 5:47 pm

    Glad to meet you!

    • December 28, 2010 10:03 am

      Thank you! Glad to meet you as well. Thank you for dropping by!

  4. beccabutcher permalink
    January 9, 2011 11:46 pm

    Glad you stumbled upon my blog. I’ll be watching for yours as well. Nice to meet you!

  5. Alannah Murphy permalink
    April 9, 2011 11:24 am

    Like your badges and the mysterious M initial :-)

  6. Andrea Guilla permalink
    October 15, 2011 12:14 am

    Interesting. I love cats also.

  7. October 18, 2011 10:24 am

    You seem like a really interesting writer, and I’m looking forward to perusing more of your posts!

    • October 18, 2011 11:05 am

      Thank you very much! :) I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.
      I’m off to pay you a visit too. :)

  8. December 2, 2011 7:32 pm

    I just ran into you on http://bit.ly/uIhhWg (the blog discussion on atheism vs. belief) where I also posted. I think you and I might enjoy sharing opinions on our blogs. I did post a chunk of my novel on my blog http://bit.ly/qMpIJB, about the future history of Earth in my universe. And I do believe that atheists can be just as bigoted and dogmatic as believers. Imagine a world run by atheists – soon they would also be persecuting all those who don’t lack belief. The important thing is to maintain a rational balance – that unpopular concept of moderation. I just placed a post on the original discussion at http://bit.ly/uIhhWg that finishes this thought

    I hope we can stay in touch. I’m on Twitter@TermiteWriter. And I like cats, too, although I don’t have one!

    • December 2, 2011 8:55 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog! I’ll be sure to drop by yours too. :)
      I deal with the subject of religion(s) in a lot of my stories, but rarely on my blog. (Well, seeing as I did a “should sex scenes be written in fiction” post, perhaps it’s time for a “should religious issues be avoided or brought up in fiction” post as well sometime. :))

  9. March 16, 2015 2:33 pm

    Hi :-) thanks for following my blog. I’ll enjoy reading yours

    • March 16, 2015 2:54 pm

      You’re welcome – and thanks a lot! :) I’m looking forward to reading your reviews.

  10. June 7, 2015 9:52 pm

    Love the odd version!!! Perfect! Great to meet you! ;)

    • June 7, 2015 10:13 pm

      Thank you very much! :) Thanks for dropping by. Great to meet you as well. :)

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