Mårten Sandén was born in 1962 and lives with his wife and four children in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a full-time author and song writer, and has a psychology degree and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
Mårten is a member of the Swedish Academy for Children’s Books and the Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy. In 2009 he won the Lund Municipality’s Culture Award, the children’s crime award ‘Spårhunden’ in 2012 for his book The Phantoms and in 2015 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Prize for his life’s work with the motivation: “For an extensive, rich and meaningful authorship in the areas of magic realism, thrillers, as well as everyday vulnerability, well rooted in young readers of all ages”. He has written more than 40 books for children of all ages, and he has been translated into 11 languages.