Welcome to Sofie Sarenbrant's home! In this book-shelf it's room for 960 books.


How does it feel that Killer deal was the best-selling paperback mystery in 2015?
Unreal! I realized that sometime big was going on when it suddenly showed up on all the best-seller lists last summer and stayed there. It sold out several times and wasn’t available, which made me nervous in the midst of eve­rything. But now in retrospect I’m so incredibly happy that readers continue to recommend it to friends.

How is your head character Emma Sköld?
Instead of a worn-out, alcoholic chief in­spector in the lead role, I wanted a young, career-oriented woman my own age. Emma Sköld follows in her father’s footsteps, without his blessing. He thinks there are too many risks in police work, and it will turn out that he’s right. Emma encounters prejudice in her job as a homicide investigator, because she is young and beautiful. No one expects that she will be the most competent of them all and dare to question what no one else will. The problem is that Emma Sköld is a little too smart for her own good, which will strike back at her when she starts digging in an in­vestigation that is already considered solved.
What similarities do you and Emma Sköld have?
We’re the same age and we also share a burning interest in our work, plus neither she nor I choose the simplest paths in life. She chose a police career, even though it’s de­manding and tough. And I, who loved sports, applied for a job at a newspaper sports desk, where ninety-nine percent of the employees were men. But that’s an experience I wouldn’t give up. Then we have the sister relationship, Emma and Josefin. Because I have two sis­ters and two daughters besides, it’s not too hard to find inspiration for their relationship. The competition and struggle for parental at­tention carries on from childhood, both for me and for my characters. I think that many readers with siblings will recognize that.
How did you come up with the idea for your new novel The beggar?

It came together after I was finished writing Ward 73. Considering how that ended, I really needed to have a plan for the continuation. That was probably my biggest challenge so far in my writing, coming up with an exciting plot after Avdel­ning 73. Anyone who has read the book will understand what I mean.
What is life like as an author?
Very free, because I control my own time. Usu­ally there’s a lot to do, which is fun. I don’t like having too little to do, but the more books and countries, the less time there is for writing. Sometimes it’s very solitary too, especially in the idea stage. Then I miss not having someo­ne to bounce things off of. I’m a restless soul, although I’m extremely disciplined. I’m a tough, but fair employer to myself. One morning a week I allow myself to go riding, sometimes I go running, otherwise it’s mostly sitting in front of the computer working.

Describe a typical day!
When the kids have gone to school I take a cup of coffee to the desk and start working on the manuscript, if I’m in a writing period. I’m most productive and creative in the mornings, then my energy gradually runs out. The best way to recharge is to sing karaoke or go out and run.

What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to think up stories that others long to read. I’m so happy to have so many devoted fans who are waiting for my books. Some take the time to send a greeting on social media too, and that makes me just as happy and mo­tivated every time. An author’s greatest wish is to be read, and to get praise besides is marve­lous. Then I manage to make my way through the hard days, when writer’s block and doubt are greatest.
Biggest challenges?
Same answer as above: thinking up stories, ha ha, and overcoming doubt. It’s most often at that stage that I can feel blocked. I can panic if I’ve finished writing a book and haven’t come up with a new idea the next day. The fear that the ideas will end is always there, but so far it hasn’t been justified, thank goodness.

Do you scare yourself when you write?
Yes, I can get into the plot so much that I get goose pimples, even in broad daylight. The book that led to the most sleepless nights was Killer Deal, I was so terribly afraid of the dark when I wrote it. The mere thought that a lunatic stays behind after an open house is hair-raising.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I exercise quite a bit, mostly running, I really like to travel, and spend most of my free time with my family. I’ve also started riding again and love to be back in the stable.
Any dreams about the future?
Yes, of course! The dream is that the books will be movies or TV series, and it’s not impossible that will hap­pen soon. So incredibly exciting!

Did you know that Sofie Sarenbrant . . .

☞ Lives in Bromma, where Killer deal takes place.

☞ Has two kids.

☞ Completed a triathlon at Fuerteventura.

☞ Worked as a sports reporter at Swedish newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet.

☞ Has a podcast, Deckarpodden, where she tells what life as a mystery writer is really like. As a child dreamed of being a competitive rider.

☞ In connection with the work on Ward 73 she took up riding again after an 18-year break.

☞ Grew up on a farm in Östergötland with her parents and three siblings.
Is the sister of Tom Sjöstedt, who has won Chef of the Year and OS gold medal in cooking.

☞ Has a writer’s den in an allotment garden area, where she writes during the summer months.

☞ Had her own “Mystery School” on Swedish television, TV4, last fall.

☞ Can sing like the mice in Cinderella.


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