Jenny Rogneby was born in Ethiopia 1974, but was given away for adoption when she was one year old. She grew up in the north part of Sweden, in a small town called Boden. With both parents working in the Swedish army and with the cold snowy winters, Jenny grew up in an environment different from most African little girls’. Her mother and father discovered her musical talent and put her in piano- and dancing classes at the age of five – and that was the beginning of her first career as a pop artist. Her biggest performance was as the opening act for Michael Jackson in front of an audience of 80 000 in Tallinn, Estonia. She also released an album in Japan at the big record company JVC, but in Sweden she's mostly known as a singer and one of the members of the girl group Cosmo4. The group had some radiohits and performed in “Melodifestivalen”, the Swedish TV broadcast semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.
Criminologist / Criminal investigator / Author
Alongside her music career Jenny Rogneby got more and more interested in human behavior, what lies behind the choices we make and how society affects us. She began studying subjects such as criminology, sociology, law and psychology at Stockholm University where she later became a criminologist. For 7 years she has been working professionally as a criminal investigator at Stockholm City Police Department. She has investigated everything from thefts to robberies and murders. The work inspired her to start writing and she formed the character LEONA, a criminal investigator with a dark past who by her actions challenges the norms of society in many ways. Jenny who never planned to be an author, believed in her idea and decided to follow it through. She took a year's leave from work, sold her apartment and all her furniture in Stockholm, moved abroad and wrote LEONA - The Die is Cast. She submitted her manuscript to Swedish publishers and 10 publishing houses was interested in publishing her debut. Now the book series is sold to 13 countries and the film rights are sold to Hollywood.
Jenny about her writing
"A big part of my writing revolves around recreating the images I see in my head. Like I am retelling the plot in a film I have seen, in detail. Most of the time I see parts of scenes like a short video. The naked, bloody little girl that robs a bank in my first crime novel LEONA - The die is cast came to me in that way. She was carrying a teddy bear and walked as in slow motion in to a bank. Some of the events I see in my head are eerily real, others feel like twisted versions of reality. My characters are often the kind of people that break the norms of society, by their way of being or thinking or acting. It is not the blood or the action that excites me most about the crime genre, it is how people deal with the ethical and moral questions that come from living on either side of the law. Where are their boundaries and how do they justify their actions to themselves and to others?"