Thomas Rydahl, born in Aarhus 1974, has been writing since childhood. He has a colourful career behind him and in 1992 won a major short story competition, with the YA novel Forever Young. Rydahl has studied philosophy and psychology, in addition to being trained as a fire-fighter. Aside from that he has also worked as a bartender, translator and proof reader. He graduated from the Danish Academy of Writing in 1999, where he published a number of short stories.
Since 2001 Thomas has worked with story storytelling and strategy in communication. He lives north of Copenhagen together with his wife and two children, four cats a dog and a hamster. Most of the animals are named after food items. Thomas loves twilight runs, he prefers beer from local breweries and he occasionally plays the saxophone.
It was a Family trip to the island of Fuerteventura that gave him the idea for The Hermit. When he was waiting for his luggage after a taxi ride, he spotted the driver’s guitar lying in the trunk of the car – this inspired Rydahl to create his character Erhard. As he worked with the character and the location Thomas formed the idea for a number of stories that all play out on Fuerteventura.
Glass Key award winning The Hermit is the first novel featuring Erhard in a planned trilogy where the next book is set to be published in Denmark in 2016.