The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Scandanavian backdrops for books, for me at least, is the starkness of the scenery and the dull, almost oppressive scenery. (How many of us bookworms were made to read any of Henrik Ibsens work for A Level English *hands up*?) Don't get me wrong, there are places like this all over the world, and if you'd asked me to define a bleak scene last week, I would have pointed you to outside my window, where the incenssant rain continued!
The Scandinavian atmosphere lends itself extremely well to crime writers, and needs very little in the way of introduction. I'm sure we've all heard of at least one Scandinavian writer – the first writer I thought of was Stieg Larsson; but he's far from alone. Camilla Lackberg, who has sold over 10 million books to date, has set all her novels in her childhood home on the west coast of a Swedish town..sometimes there's no place like home, even for a writer.
I love crime books and look forward to reading more from Scandanavian authors to see what I've been missing out on. Books can take us to far away places in our imagination – if you look at my passport it doesn't contain many used pages, but with a book and vivid backdrop, I can travel anywhere without it breaking the bank. I can almost feel the cool breeze through my hair as I look out over the Fjords – and once the book is finished I can return to this oven of a house now that summer has well and truly started!
Camilla Lackberg started out as an economist, even though she'd always wanted to be a writer. She now lives in Stockholm with her husband and 3 children.
This article was sponsored by Harper Collins, but all thoughts are our own. Kudos to Wikipedia for the image of Fjallbacker, where Camilla Lackberg's books are based.