Who is John Snow?

John Snow is a pen-name. My real name is Terje Hillesund. I am a professor of Media and communication at the University of Stavanger, Norway, where I teach media theory.
In addition to my work, I have a great passion for Norse mythology and viking history, and I thoroughly enjoy reading the Old Edda, the Icelandic sagas and books on the Viking Age. One evening, when my wife saw me sitting among my books and computers, she asked why I didn't write a viking story of my own. "If you find a good pen-name, I will," I said.  She suggested Jon Snow, but I refused to steal the name of one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones. So it became John Snow (the added  H stands for Homage, of course).

My wife and I  live in Stavanger near Hafrsfjord (where Harald Fairhair won the battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD). We have two sons.