Happy Birthday, Camilla Läckberg, born 30 August 1974.
- One of the things I’m really good at is procrastinating.
- Crime stories are our version of sitting round a camp fire and telling tales. We enjoy being scared under safe circumstances. That’s why there’s no tradition of crime writing in countries that have wars.
- The pace of Swedish crime fiction is slower – Stieg Larsson’s the exception. And I think we use the environment more.
- Northern Sweden holds a special kind of magic. It’s cold, lonely, and the people are tough and silent, or so the stereotype says. This is Asa Larsson’s home turf and I find as much joy in reading her closely observed descriptions of the environment, as in following her intriguing plots.
- I’ve always viewed myself as a brand. When I started 10 years ago, that was very controversial. ‘Marketing’ and ‘PR’ were dirty words for the literary world, but that has changed. Once the book is finished, I want as many people as possible to read it.
Camilla Läckberg is a Swedish crime writer who is sometimes called the Swedish Agatha Christie. She became a writer after her husband and parents enrolled her in a creative writing course as a Christmas present. Her work has now been translated into 33 languages and includes The Ice Princess.
Source for Image: Mattias Blomgren, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
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