Camilla Läckberg

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Camilla Läckberg
Camilla Läckberg at the 2011 Göteborg Book Fair.
Camilla Läckberg at the 2011 Göteborg Book Fair.
Born (1974-08-30) August 30, 1974 (age 44)
Fjällbacka, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
GenreCrime fiction
Fjällbacka in Sweden, the tiny seaside village where Läckberg was born

Jean Edith Camilla Läckberg Eriksson (born August 30, 1974) is a Swedish crime writer. As of the early-2010s, her work has been translated into at least 40 languages in 60 countries.[1][2]

Writing technique[edit]

Läckberg considers herself a crime writing specialist since discovering such literature on her father's bookshelf at a young age. It has remained a fascination for her ever since.[3] Läckberg's books have received special praise for detail and "in-depth characterization".[4] Läckberg – sometimes called the Swedish Agatha Christie[5] – became a writer after her husband and parents enrolled her in a creative writing course as a Christmas present. She describes herself as a visual writer: "For me actually, specific images – snapshots – come first, and then the story starts to come together from those bits and pieces. I am very visual when I write, I 'see' the story in pictures and writing a book is like having a movie running in my head 24/7."[6]

Personal life and entrepreneurial ventures[edit]

Läckberg was born in Fjällbacka, Bohuslän, and started writing at an early age. Her first published work was called "Tomten". After graduating from Gothenburg University with a degree in Economics, she moved to Stockholm, where she worked as an economist before beginning writing fiction seriously.[1] She is a business partner in a jewelry company called Sahara Silver Jewelry AB.[7] Hong Kong maternity fashion company Sono Vaso launched in Europe with the then-pregnant author endorsing.[8]

Läckberg first married Micke Eriksson; they divorced in 2007. Under Swedish law, as Läckberg's ex-husband, Eriksson was entitled to half the revenue from the contracts signed during their marriage. Eventually it was agreed that she would pay him a lump sum.[9]

Läckberg was married for the second time in 2010, to Martin Melin,[10] winner of Expedition Robinson. The two had met at a 2005 release party for one of her books, then began a working relationship. Melin proposed to Läckberg in August 2009.[10]

In 2015, she was engaged to Simon Sköld, MMA fighter and author.[11]

Camilla Läckberg has four children: Wille and Meja from her first marriage, Charlie from her second, and Polly is from her relationship with Sköld.[12][13] Charlie is also the subject of Läckbergs first children's book, Super-Charlie.[14]


  • 2004's Predikanten, translated into English as The Preacher by Steven T. Murray in 2009.
  • 2005's Stenhuggaren, translated into English as The Stone Cutter by Steven T. Murray in 2008.
  • 2006's Olycksfågeln, translated into English as The Gallows Bird a.k.a. The Stranger by Steven T. Murray in 2011. The paperback version seems to be called The Stranger;[15] the film is called The Jinx.[16]
  • Also published in 2007 was Snöstorm och mandeldoft, a novella translated into English as The Scent of Almonds; included in 2013's Mord och mandeldoft.
  • 2008's Sjöjungfrun, translated into English as The Drowning by Tiina Nunnally in 2012.
  • Läckberg also published in 2008 Smaker från Fjällbacka, a cookbook that was translated into English as Flavours from Fjällbacka.
  • 2011's Änglamakerskan, translated into English as The Angel Maker's Wife, a.k.a. Buried Angels, by Tiina Nunnally in 2014.
  • Also published in 2011 was Super Charlie, translated into English as Super Charlie. Subject of the book is Läckberg's son Charlie.
  • 2013's Mord och mandeldoft, translated into English as The Scent of Almonds and Other Stories by Tiina Nunnally in 2015.
  • 2014's Lejontämjaren, translated into English as The Ice Child by Tiina Nunnally in 2016.
  • 2017's Häxan, translated into English as The Girl in the Woods.

Television adaptations[edit]

Filming of the TV series Fjällbackamorden began in August 2011 based on the characters from Läckberg's novels, but the stories were new, with actors Claudia Galli and Richard Ulfsäter playing Erica and Patrik.[19]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Discover Author Camilla Lackberg".
  2. ^ Sara (2011-09-19). "Camilla Läckberg". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. ^ "Camilla Lackberg". ScandinavianBooks. Archived from the original on 2012-01-12.
  4. ^ Drabelle, Dennis (June 12, 2011). "Book review: 'The Preacher' by Camilla Lackberg". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Maureen Corrigan (13 May 2012). "Camilla Lackberg's 'The Stonecutter'". Washington Post.
  6. ^ "From the Author".
  7. ^ "Joint Business Ventures".
  8. ^ "Hong Kong Fashion Brand Sono Vaso Launches in Europe". China Weekly News. May 26, 2009.
  9. ^ "Camilla Läckberg: Pengarna går till min exmake" [Camilla Läckberg: The money goes to my ex-husband]. Expressen. June 10, 2008.
  10. ^ a b "Camilla married police Officer". Archived from the original on 2011-03-10.
  11. ^ "Camilla Läckberg och Simon Sköld har förlovat sig". 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  12. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 2011-11-03.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Children's Books".
  15. ^ "Camilla Lackberg". 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  16. ^ "Camilla Lackberg". 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  17. ^ "Crime novels".
  18. ^ "The Lost Boy : Camilla Lackberg". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  19. ^ "Fjällbacka shoot set back after director vanishes". (Subscription required (help)).
  20. ^ "Award".

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