Mårten Sandén was born in Stockholm in 1962 and spent his childhood and youth in the University town of Lund, in southern Sweden. Apart from a detour into the academic world, which resulted in a M.Sc degree in Clinical Psychology and an unfinished Ph.D thesis, he has been writing more or less full-time since his early twenties.
Starting out as a professional songwriter for music publishers in Europe and the U.S., Sandén began writing children’s books in the mid-1990s. Since then, he has written over forty books, ranging from Middle Grade adventures and novels for Young Adults to picture books. His work has been translated into eleven languages.
In 2009, Sandén won the Lund Municipality’s Culture Award, children’s crime award ‘Spårhunden’ in 2012, and in 2015 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Prize for his life’s work.
Mårten Sandén is a member of Svenska Barnboksakademin (the Swedish Academy of Children’s Book Writers), Svenska Deckarakademin (The Swedish Crime Writer’s Academy) and, since 2018, the jury of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).
He lives in Stockholm with his family.
Photo credit © Stefan Tell, 2018