LINDA OLSSON

 

‟In my previous life, before becoming an author, I was a lawyer. While lawyers may have a reputation for bending and twisting words, they normally claim to be interpreters of the truth. Of the law, which is absolute. Therefore, it took some time before I could fully embrace the wonderful freedom associated with being an author of fiction. Lying was not only allowed, it was encouraged! I could invent my own truths, creating places and characters that had before never existed. And in response to that inescapable question, asked of all writers of fiction, I could genuinely reply: My stories are entirely fictional.

 

But perhaps there was always a creative side to my writing. After my first novel had been released in Sweden, I received a card from a colleague at my former firm. He congratulated me, saying: ’It makes good sense that you are now an author, Linda—the papers you wrote at work were always so very creative.’

 

Perhaps you can’t escape your true calling.”

 

 

Linda Olsson (b. 1948) worked as a lawyer in Stockholm and moved to Kenya with her family in the midddle of the 1980ies. For three years she lived in Nairobi and has since lived in many places all over the world. Since twenty years Linda Olsson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She debuted in 2005 with Let me sing you gentle songs.

FOTO: AGNES CAVALLIN

BOOKS:

The Blackbird Sings at Dusk (2014)

The Kindness of your Nature/

The Memory of Love (2011)

Sonata for Miriam (2008)

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs/

Astrid & Veronika (2005)

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