We recently caught up with Rogneby, 44, whose breakout thriller, Leona: The Die Is Cast, introduced readers to a protagonist whose roots can be found in the author’s work as a criminal investigator in Stockholm, Sweden. Leona is a woman who appeared to be a perfect wife with a perfect life and career. However, she yearned to break free from the expectations and stresses of her everyday life.
“And that’s when she starts a very dangerous path,” said Rogneby, whose newest Leona novel, Any Means Necessary, is hitting U.S. bookstores this week. Movie rights have already been picked up by Le Grisbi Productions and DCM with John Lesher.
What book is on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading Rum Punch by Leonard Elmore. The book was adapted into the film Jackie Brown, directed by Quentin Tarantino, which is one of my favorite movies, so I decided to go back and read the book. I love that the main character is an aging female flight attendant who faces some difficult dilemmas. I like Elmore’s rhythmic writing style and the way his characters come alive in a few sentences. The dialogue also feels very authentic.
How intentional was it for you to create a strong female protagonist? She is awesome.
It was important to me that Leona challenge the norms. I wanted to write about a woman that stops trying to fit in and stops caring about what other people think about her. Instead she does what she thinks is necessary to reach her goal — to change her life radically.