A Conversation with Therese Bohman

Acclaimed novelist Therese Bohman, author of The Other Woman and Drowned, discusses her most recent book Eventide, an astute novel following the life of an art professor at Stockholm University as she navigates the academic world, with its undercurrents of sexuality, competition, deceit, and fear.

Eventide is your third novel. How has fiction writing changed for you since your debut?

I would say it has gotten easier and more difficult at the same time. In one way, I feel much freer than when I wrote my first novel. Then, my main focus was on the story; now I am more interested in the characters and their thoughts and feelings—sometimes I have to stop myself from telling everything that enters my mind about them. The story is still there, but there is more flesh to the bones now. On the other hand, it is difficult to write when people expect things from you—writing the debut novel is a bliss in that way; no one expects anything from you.