It was always my dream to be a writer. Books fascinated me from an early age – the worlds that come about in the minds of their readers simply through letters on the page. It was a small step to writing myself. Like many other authors, I scribbled things down in notebooks, read my way through the local library as a schoolgirl, wrote poems and diaries. Later I studied literature and worked as an editor and journalist. That’s how I learned that convincing texts need more than just talent – writers also need a great deal of tricks of the trade and discipline.
What’s important to me
Many of the subjects my novels deal with have been on my mind for a long time. My journalism always focused on people: men and women and their real lives, often very different. Their relationships to one another, their hopes, and their failures too. As a journalist, I often wrote about what we call minorities, and about the dark sides of life: violence, suppression, discrimination, the destruction of the environment. All these are subjects that form the perfect breeding ground for conflicts and crime in my novels. I also use some of the experiences I gathered as a travel reporter in north Scandinavia, Russia and Canada.
I feel it’s a great fortune to be a writer and to enter into other people’s worlds and minds, to think up stories and characters that fascinate and touch my readers. The literary world I create is a product of my imagination. But at the same time, it is linked to reality – the present in which I live, with all its many facets. I want to take a look behind the facades, uncover fractures, dark depths and desires. Confront my characters with conflicts and hurdles beyond clichés, and have them grow or fail in the experience. Crime literature is a perfect opportunity. What could shake up apparently idyllic lives more than violence and murder?