Susanne Jansson was born in 1972 in Åmål, Sweden. She later moved to Gothenburg to work in advertising and then to New York to study photography. After returning to Sweden, she spent her professional life combining her work as a photographer with being a freelance journalist focusing on reportage and profile stories in areas such as culture, film, music and literature. Her debut novel The Forbidden Place was published in 2017 by Grand Central and in twenty-four territories. Winter Water is her second novel. Susanne Jansson passed away in the summer of 2019 after a courageous fight with cancer.