Åsa Larsson was born in Uppsala in Sweden in 1966. She grew up in Kiruna in the far north of the country, before becoming a tax lawyer – two biographical elements she shares with her heroine, Rebecka Martinsson. She returned to Uppsala to study, and lived for some years in Stockholm. She is now based lives in Mariefred, outside Stockholm, preferring the rural life with her husband, two children and several chickens.
Her first novel published in the UK (under the title The Savage Altar), was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. Both her second and fifth novels, The Blood Spilt and The Second Deadly Sin, were awarded the Best Swedish Crime Novel Award. In 2007 a Swedish film, titled “Solstorm”, was made from The Savage Altar.
Åsa has now been published in twenty-three languages, spanning more than thirty countries.