Linnéa Fjällstedt grew up on a smallholding in southern Lapland. She went into domestic service at the early age of ten. Later, she went to an agricultural school, and in 1947 she became the matron at the girls’ residences at the Solbacka school, which is where she began to write. She married a smallholder in 1948 and became a writer for the newspaper Västerbottens Folkblad.
Linnéa Fjällstedt’s debut work Hungerpesten was published in 1975, causing much attention. The novel is based on the story of her maternal grandmother’s life. It is characterised by a deep understanding of the hard conditions in southern Lappland, where new settlers suffered starvation for long periods. Her two subsequent novels Ödeslotten, 1977, and Befrielsen, 1979, continue in the same vein.
In the 1980s she wrote the novels Missgärningen, 1984, and Poas söner, 1986. In the 1990s she published Bortom bergen, 1994, Sytarjäntan, 1997, and Arsringarna, 1998.
Additions by the editorial team 2011:
The above biography was first published in 1998. Since then, Linnéa Fjällstedt has written Amuls blodshämnd, 2000, I lust och nöd, 2001, and När stormen bedarrat, 2007.