The Legend of Slottsfjellet: Author’s Aside (Part 3)

Just starting? Be sure to check out The Legend of Slottsfjellet: Foreword and Disclaimer first, so you know what’s going on.

Back in late 1993 or early 1994—just after senior year of High School—I got a postcard from Becky Lund, who was spending a year in Norway as an exchange student. The simple postcard showed a castle tower with “Tønsberg” as the caption. On the back, she wrote that I, calling myself a “writer,” should write and tell her the little castle’s story, instead of expecting her to do all the work of explaining it to me. Only after I sent my version would she tell me the correct one.

My response started as a simple two-page short story, bordering on slapstick and referencing current events of the time. But as I reworked it, it started to grow, become a little more serious—though not completely—and have a real chance at becoming an interesting novel.

Alas, life got in the way, I never finished the novel—and, as serves me right, never did get to hear the truth about Slotsfjellet castle in the Norwegian town of Tønsberg. Now, almost twenty years later, perhaps the story will get finished and the truth will come out!

 

Update: Becky says it was Jan 1994, which is much more precise than my vague memories of “late 1993 or early 1994.”

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