Salla Simukka
Finland

"Once upon a time there was a girl, who learned what it is to fear. That is not the way fairy tales begin. That is the way stories begin that are much grimmer than fairy tales."

Salla Simukka (b. 1981) is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 47 territories. She has also worked as a translator from Swedish to Finnish, as a literary critic and she was an editor at a literary magazine for young people, LUKUfiilis, in 2009–2013. She has also worked as one of the scriptwriters for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE’s series Uusi Päivä (New Day) in 2009–2013. Salla Simukka has written several novels and one collection of short prose for young readers, and has translated adult fiction, children’s books, and plays.

In January 2013 Salla Simukka was awarded with the Topelius Prize for her novels Without a Trace (Jäljellä, Tammi Spring 2012) and Elsewhere (Toisaalla, Tammi Fall 2012) in recognition of the best Finnish youth novel. Established in 1946, the Topelius Prize is Finland’s oldest prize in recognition of the best Finnish book for children and young people. In December of 2013 she was given the Finlandia Prize, awarded in recognition of a significant career in arts, an exceptional artistic achievement, or a promising breakthrough.

The Snow White Trilogy (As Red as Blood, As White as Snow and As Black as Ebony) has been a huge international success. The books are coming out in almost every country in Europe including all the big languages: English, German, Spanish, French... The trilogy will also be published in US, Brazil, China, Japan, Thailand and many other Eastern countries.

Salla Simukka lives in Tampere, Finland. She studied Scandinavian philology at the University of Turku. Her hobbies include jogging, knitting, drawing and baking

Works
2002 When Angels Look Away (Kun enkelit katsovat muualle), WSOY, a novel for young people
2004 The Minute Waltz (Minuuttivalssi), WSOY, a novel for young people
2005 The Last Ones (Viimeiset), WSOY, a novel for young people
2006 The Spark (Kipinä), WSOY, a novel for young people
2007 The Error Margin (Virhemarginaali), WSOY, a novel for young people
2008 Winter Hits Back (Takatalvi), WSOY, a novel for young people
2009 The Return Ticket (Meno-paluu), WSOY, a novel for young people
2009 The School Picture (Luokkakuva), Tammi, a collection of short prose for young people (with Karo Hämäläinen)
2011 Over Exposure (Ylivalotus), WSOY, a novel for young people
2012 Without a Trace (Jäljellä), Tammi, a novel for young people (Spoorloos in Dutch translation)
2012 Elsewhere (Toisaalla), Tammi, a novel for young people (Een andere wereld in Dutch translation)
2013 As Red as Blood (Punainen kuin veri), Tammi, a thriller for young adults (So Rot wie Blut in German translation)
2013 As White as Snow (Valkea kuin lumi), Tammi, a thriller for young adults
2014 As Black as Ebony (Musta kuin eebenpuu), Tammi, a thriller for young adults
 
Translated Works
2005 Michael Druker: Paavo 1,5 (Patrik 1,5), a play
2007 Martin Olczak: Megajätkä (Megakillen), Gummerus, a children's novel
2008 Martin Olczak: Megajätkä ja kaksoisolennon arvoitus (Megakillen i dubbeltrubbel), Gummerus, a children's novel
2008 Jan Guillou: Uinuva uhka (Fienden inom oss), Like, a novel

(Photo by Lars Kastilan)