APRIL Author Spotlight on YA Noir Author, Salla Simukka

I'm welcoming young adult author Salla Simukka as my APRIL "Author Spotlight."  Salla, who hales from Finland, is the first international guest featured on my blog, Creating the Write Reality! An excerpt from the second book in her internationally acclaimed Snow White series, AS WHITE AS SNOW, was featured on my blog last month. Click here to read it. Today, she stops by to answer a few questions for us. My review of her book is posted below.

Salla Simukka

Salla, thank you so much for joining us today all the way from Finland!

I'm glad to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

Your main character has been compared to Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, did this series influence you in any way? Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Actually I must confess that I haven't read the Millennium-series. Of course I knew the character of Lisbeth Salander but I don't think that she has influenced my books too much.

If I had to choose a crime author who has influenced the Snow White Trilogy, it would be the Norwegian Jo Nesbo. I am a huge fan of his novels and his style has been an inspiration to me.

I noticed many of your reviews are written in Finnish on Goodreads, and I wondered: do you translate your own work from Finnish to English, or do you have help?

I don't translate my own work because I'm not bilingual.

What are your favorite three books and why?

Oh, I can't choose only three favorites... But okay, here are three books that have been really important for me through the years:

  1. Astrid Lindgren: Ronya The Robbers Daughter. I love all books by Astrid Lindgren but this one is my favorite because it describes so beautifully the relationships between children and parents and a deep, deep friendship.
  2.  J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of The Rings. This one I have read nine times. It is a masterpiece of imagination.
  3. Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5. This books changed my way of thinking how you can write a book. It is amazing.

Do you find it difficult trying to break into the US market living in Finland? How has this impacted you?

Of course it is difficult but not just because I live in Finland. There are so many books on the US market. It has not really impacted me in any way because I think that the books will find their readers. And I have a big audience also in Europe and every reader everywhere is important to me.

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