Author Profile: Camilla Läckberg

It is my pleasure to introduce this week’s profiled author, Camilla Läckberg.

Camilla is a Swedish crime writer who is the top best-selling author in her country. Her first novel, The Ice Princess, was released in the US in March 2011 by Simon and Schuster imprint Free Press.

Her current American book release, The Preacher, was released by Pegasus in April 2011, with a new edition released by Free Press on February 7, 2011.

A third novel, The Stonecutter is scheduled for release in the United States by Pegasus on May 1, 2012 and scheduled for release by Free Press in Spring 2013.

BIOGRAPHY:

Camilla Läckberg was born in 1974, and grew up in Fjällbacka on the west coast of Sweden, just by the Norwegian bite. As a girl, she was always telling stories and drawing little tales that she’d put together into books. The first such book, called Tomten (The Goblin), which she wrote when she was only four or five years old, was a gory, hair-raising four-pager. Her fascination for murder mysteries has always been there – perhaps as a contrast to the idyllic tracts of her childhood home. But writing remained merely a dream for Camilla, who went on to study economics at the School of Economics and Commercial Law at Göteborg University. After graduating, she moved to Stockholm, where she spent a couple of years working as an economist. Unhappy years, that is, with her dream of being a novelist still holding her in its thrall. She was finally given a course for Christmas by her husband, mother and brother. It was a crime-writing course organized by writers’ association Ordfront, and as she studied, she began the story that came to be her debut novel: The Ice Princess. Her tutor advised her to set the plot in a place she knew well, and where better than her childhood home?

The Ice Princess was accepted in the same week as Camilla gave birth to her son, Wille, and was published in 2003. Her second book, The Preacher, was released in 2004, followed by The Stonecutter in 2005 and The Jynx in 2006. In April 2007 it was time for her fifth novel The German Child. May 2008 saw two new books reach the shelves, one of which was a complete departure from the crime genre. The first of these was The Mermaid, the sixth book in the series about Fjällbacka residents Patrik and Erika; the second was a cookery book, which she put together with celebrity chef and childhood friend Christian Hellberg. Smaker från Fjällbacka (The taste of Fjällbacka) is a culinary celebration of Fjällbacka and the food that Camilla and Christian associate with life on the west coast. The latest book to be published in Sweden is the seventh book about Patrik and Erika: The Lighthouse Keeper.

Camilla’s novels have enjoyed critical acclaim and her popularity has grown steadily. She is Sweden’s top-selling author, and to date she has sold over 5 million books. She won the Folket literary prize in 2006, and in the autumn of the following year found another of her dreams fulfilled when her first two books were dramatized and shown on national television.

ON THE WEB:

Web Site: www.camillalackberg.com

Amazon Profile: Camilla Läckberg

Blog: My Life As a Crime Writer

Facebook: Camilla Läckberg

Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Camilla Läckberg

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