Sólveig Pálsdóttir started writing seven years ago and since then her writing career has taken off quickly. Sólveig has a diverse background. She’s a trained actor and has performed in theatre, television and radio.

She holds a bachelor‘s degree in literature from the University of Iceland along with a degree in teaching. Sólveig taught Icelandic literature and linguistics, drama and public speaking for many years and has produced a number of radio programmes and managed cultural events.

Her first novel Leikarinn (The Actor) was published in 2012 to rave reviews and weeks at the top of best-sellers lists. It is now being developed as a motion picture. The second novel, Hinir réttlátu (The Righteous Ones), was published the following year, and also became a best-seller. Both novels have now been published in Germany by publishing house Aufbau under their German titles Eiskaltes Gift and Tote Wale. Her third novel, Flekklaus (Pure), was published in March 2015. She recently released her fourth book, Refurinn (The Fox) which also made is way to best-seller lists. All her novels have been shortlisted for the Icelandic Crime Fiction Awards and have been praised for their narrative, attention to detail and sympathetic characters. The Fox deals with current events that affect societies on a global scale whilst being set in a sleepy Icelandic fishing village and its isolated surroundings for the most part. Sólveig’s books form a stand-alone series with each book being independent but with the same main characters. The novels follow the detective team of the family man Guðgeir and the ambitious Særós.

Sólveig lives in Reykjavík and is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Solveig Palsdottir