It’s my turn on the blog tour for Emelie Schepp’s latest novel, Marked for Life.
The books main focus is on human trafficking, especially the child slavery element. It was with this in mind that I asked Emelie how being a mother has affected her writing and as she writes very dark material, how does she feel about these harrowing subjects when raising her own children … How as being a mother affected your writing? As you write quite dark material, how do you feel about thinking and writing about child slavery while raising your children?
Since having kids, I’m unable to read or watch news where children are abused, beaten, abducted, or murdered because it is hard to stomach. Considering I’m a writer who tells a story about child slavery, many people may think that is strange. But in my books, everything is made up. Every character, every action is just made up. In the news, everything has happened to real people, in real life. That’s why it is so hard to watch.
As many other Nordic crime authors my books are a mirror of the world and society I live in. And I wanted to tell a story based on real life events, of how children can be shaped into something they were not born to become. Children are incredibly loyal, particularly to the hand that feeds them and I understood that such loyalty can be lifelong. I made up a story about immigrant children that are smuggled into Sweden and disappear without a trace. The sad thing is that this actually happens in Sweden today. Because of the large flow of immigration, smuggling and human trafficking are increasing. Desperate people who have decided to flee and have put their life savings toward succeeding won’t be stopped – they have nothing to lose and nothing to return to. They want to achieve their dream of a better future and will do anything to reach it, travel down roads that do not exist – on water, through fences, past walls. They risk their lives. Many never make it; they die on the road. Adults and children disappear, are kidnapped, are taken away and are forced into a life of prostitution or slavery. Human traffickers profit on people in peril and people in peril will do whatever to reach their dream. Their motivation is far stronger than that of those who try to stop them.
Thinking and writing about child slavery was hard, knowing that there are thousands and thousands of children that are being abducted and used for fighting, to kill and commit other acts of violence.
As most other parents, my worst fear is losing my children. And I use my own fear when writing.
Thank you so much for this Emelie, it’s such a heartbreaking subject but you deal with it delicately and sensitively.
Want to know more about the book? Here’s the blurb …
WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS READERS CHOICE AWARD 2016
In Lindö, on the Swedish coast, a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.
The victim, Hans Juhlén, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell.
Hans Juhlén had no children.
Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlén – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits.
The small body is a bleak reminder that Jana has her own secrets to hide. And if she is to keep them safe, she must find the perpetrator behind these crimes…before the police do.
You can get your copy over at Amazon UK
About the author …
EMELIE SCHEPP is an international bestselling Nordic crime author with a career in marketing, publicity and project management. She lives with her husband and two children in Sweden.