Cecilia Ekbäck was born in Sweden in a northern fishing town. Her parents come from Lapland. During her adolescence in Sweden she worked as a journalist for the local newspaper and radio. At 15 she won a short story competition in one of Sweden’s newspapers.
After university she specialised in marketing and worked for a multinational for fifteen years with postings in Russia, Germany, France, Portugal and the Middle East. In 2010 she finished Royal Holloway’s Master in Creative Writing under Andrew Motion. She is now 43 years old and lives in Calgary with her husband David and twin daughters Anna and Maja, ‘returning home’ to the landscape and the characters of her childhood and adolescence in her writing. Wolf Winter is her first novel.
Wolf Winter was sold at auction to Kate Parkin, at Hodder. It will be released in February 2015, with German, Swedish, American and Canadian rights secured as well as interest in several other international countries:
A brilliantly written and gripping historical Nordic Noir thriller with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites, the pent-up passion of The Piano and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves.
Swedish Lapland: 1717; a group of disparate settlers struggles to forge a new life in the shadow of the grim mountain Blackåsen whose dark mythology lies at odds with the repressive, almost feudal control exerted by the church. Into this setting, Maija, her husband and two daughters arrive, yearning to forget the traumas that caused them to abandon their native Finland and start anew.
Not long after their arrival, their teenage daughter Frederika stumbles across the savagely mutilated body of a fellow settler, Eriksson, in a picturesque glade. The locals are quick to dismiss the culprit as wolf or bear. Maija, however, is unconvinced and compelled by the ghosts of her past she determines to investigate a murder.
As the seasons change and a harsh winter known as a ‘Wolf Winter’ descends, Maija begins a dangerous quest to unearth the secrets that both her neighbours and the church have conspired to bury. Now as the snow begins to fall, she will come to know the full cost of survival demanded from those who would live in the shadow of Blackåsen – and the terrible truth about those who have paid the price.
Release date: 5th February 2015