Den vidunderliga utsikten (An Amazing View), Maria Gustafsson’s first novel, was published in 2003 followed by Huset på Carrera 9 (The House at Carrera 9) the next year. Then came Absintängeln (The Absinthe Angel), all three with Klara Andersson as the protagonist.
Gustafsson has participated in a true crime anthology, Liv och död i Stockholm (Life and Death in Stockholm), and co-authored a romance, Stockholm-Belize, under the pseudonym Ingrid Larsson. Now Gustafsson has completed The Asset, her first novel in English, loosely based on her first Swedish novel.
Maria Gustafsson was born and grew up in Boden, a small city, which at the time was the ultimate Swedish stronghold against the east, just two hours south of the Arctic Circle. Foreigners were not allowed even to visit. As a teenager she travelled to the Canary Islands with her mother, staying for almost a year. Back in Sweden, she finished high-school and immediately returned to Spain.
At 24 she met Miguel Lluch, a movie and TV director. They married and had two children – Elin and Mischa.