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Susanne OLeary
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 I was born in Stockholm, Sweden. At the age of twenty, I married an Irish diplomat, which resulted in a globe- trotting life for many years. We have lived in a number of different countries, such as Sweden, Australia, Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland.

I started writing in 1998, when I used my training as fitness teacher to write two fitness and health books for women. Then someone suggested I write a novel based on my experiences as the wife of a diplomat and my first novel, Diplomatic Incidents was published in 2001 by Blackstaff Press. A further 'diplomatic' novel followed in 2003, European Affairs, also published by Blackstaff Press.

While on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, I got the idea to write Fresh Powder, which was published in 2006 by New Island, followed by Finding Margo, also published by New Island.

My husband left the diplomatic service a few years ago and we now live south of Dublin in a beautiful rural setting, very inspirational for writing.

All of my previous novels are set in France, one of my favourite countries and it wasn't until recently that I decided to set a story in my native Sweden. Writing Swedish for Beginners was a very emotional journey for me, as it deals with my own 'identity crisis'; living in one country but having my roots in another. Many of the heroine's feelings of confusion and rootlessness are my own but maybe mine are a little less dramatic!

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