Meet Viveca

  • Married, with three children, Viveca lives just north of Stockholm.
  • She has had a highly successful legal career as a lawyer and until recently held the position as General Counsel at PostNord (the Swedish & Danish mail service), but left in 2011 to focus on her writing.
  • Since 1917, Viveca´s family have spent all their summers at Sandhamn where her novels are set.
  • Viveca has written several non-fiction books prior to her crime novels.
  • Viveca is a great humanitarian and has for several years been involved in the Red Cross Centre for Tortured Refugees. Her warmth and caring has been passed on to her three children and last summer her daughter left for the US to tour with the volunteer organization Up with People.
  • She describes herself as driven, stubborn and caring, which is obvious when you meet her, read her books and see all the things she has accomplished in life.
  • Viveca serves on the board of Vogue Scandinavia, Systembolaget and Stiftelsen Stora Sköndal.
Viveca Sten

Born

1959

Family

Husband and three children

Live

In a suburb north of Stockholm

Work as

Writer, legal advisor, board member and lecturer

Previously published fact books

Negotiating in Business (de andra två är inte utgivna på eng)

Interests

Travel, skiing and cooking

Describe yourself with three words

Driven, stubborn and caring

Hidden talent

I can rhyme on anything

Favorite food

Pasta!

Favorite country

Thailand and the United States. Thailand because the mix of culture, beauty and kindness is irresistible. The food is also a pure pleasure. USA because it is a vitamin injection to go there, especially to New York, where the air vibrates with energy.

Favorite city

London! I never get tired of going there. Afternoon Tea at Browns or Fortnum & Mason (do not miss their food department), shopping at the big department stores, an endless selection of really good Indian and Chinese restaurants. Not to mention all the musicals, plays and exhibitions. Most recently, I saw an exhibition about the Chinese terracotta army at the British Museum. What an experience.

Favorite beach

Fläskberget at Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago. It is located in the northern part of the island and there you can enjoy both morning dip and sunset. Nothing beats Swedish summer.

Favorite restaurant

Chez Vrony in Zermatt where you should preferably skii to reach. Fantastic food and wonderful views. You can kill for their pasta with truffles. 

What does a normal work day look for you?

In the morning I check emails. I write if it is a "writing day". Sometimes it can be up to ten hours with breaks just to eat or have a coffee. If it's a "meeting day", I meet the publisher, the PR team or my agent for example.  Sometimes there are several interviews. I try to put together as many meetings as possible on the same day to be effective.

What is pleasure for you?

To be with my husband and my children, preferably on a trip somewhere far away, with good food and wine.