Leena Lehtolainen was born in Vesanto, Finland, to parents who taught language and literature. A keen reader, she made up stories in her head before she could even write. At the age of ten, she began her first book, a young adult novel, and it was published two years later. Besides writing, Leena is fond of classical singing, her beloved cats, and--her greatest passion--figure skating. She attends many competitions as a skating journalist and writes for the Finnish figure skating magazine Taitoluistelu. Her bestselling Maria Kallio series has been successfully adapted for Finnish television. Leena currently lives in Finland with her husband and two sons.