Author Jutta Profijt was born in 1967 in Ratingen, Germany. Morgue Drawer Four, her first novel featuring coroner Martin Gänsewein and his beyond-the-grave sidekick, Pascha, was shortlisted for the 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel. The English translation comes out today.
Question: The Friedrich Glauser Prize is one of the highest accolades a crime novel can receive in Germany. What was your first thought after you found out you’d been nominated? Has it affected your life or your approach to writing?
Jutta Profijt: When I first heard the news, I could not believe it, because the success of the Morgue Drawer series is based on political incorrectness and black humor—two characteristics that usually find a lot of enthusiasm among readers but little appreciation among German awards committees. I was very happy, of course, but it hasn’t really changed my life or my writing. I still write for readers, not for awards committees.
Q: How did you create such a memorable pair of crime fighters? Are Martin and Pascha based on anyone you know?