Interview: Karl Bjorn Erickson

Please welcome Karl Bjorn Erickson, author of The Blood Cries Out.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
The Blood Cries Out CoverA quiet day by the beach where I can decide what I want to do when I want to do it.

Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase, or meal?
Not that I am currently aware.

Excluding family, name three people who either inspired you or influenced your creativity.
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton

Do you listen to music when you write?
Yes, but my tastes can be pretty wide ranging. Classical or sacred music is common, but so is U2. I definitely don’t like to write in silence.

If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
Spicy hot chocolate with chili and cinnamon, because the tale is not what it may appear at first glance. Its flavors are stronger than expected.

What made you interested in writing this particular story?
I wanted to write a mystery story that really took the protagonist apart, then put him back together. I wanted it also to be more realistic than most of the mystery genre.

What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
Triumph of good over evil and the weak over the strong.

Tell us about your main character’s psyche or personality. What led her (or him) to be the person s/he is today?
Self confidence and a calm, unshakable personality—until the novel begins, at least.

Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Robert Jordan (For Whom the Bell Tolls), Jesse Stone, J.P. Beaumont

If you could host an author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?
(I’m going to stick to living.) Steve Martin (the joke-making, bluegrass-playing, word-writing Steve Martin), Alan Alda, P.D. James, J.A. Jance, Joseph Pearce, and Sarah Erickson (my daughter who loves writing). PS. Depending on my mood, I might also invite Stephen King, because I like his essays on writing,

What’s next for you?
It really depends on how popular The Blood Cries Out becomes. If it does well, I would enjoy continuing working with my characters in a series.


Karl Erickson has called Salem home since 1996. He lives on the south side with his wife, two children, and an ever-growing Newfoundland puppy named Chester. While he’s been state employee for nearly two decades, he identifies himself primarily in the role of an author and essayist. He’s the writer of two lighthearted children’s books: Toupee Mice and Tristan’s Travels. Both are published by Rafka Press. His wife, Kimberly Erickson is their wonderful illustrator. Besides writing fiction, his articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications—from America, The National Catholic Weekly and Seattle Pacific University’s Response to a guest opinion writer for both the Portland Tribune and Statesman Journal.

Twitter: @PacNWCathWriter (Twitter)


6 thoughts on “Interview: Karl Bjorn Erickson”

  1. Welcome, Karl! Love your influences – I adore all three writers (each for different reasons). I have a CD of Gregorian chant that I find very “grounding” to listen to – do you think the sacred music influences your writing or is it just very soothing to listen to?


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