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MARIA BOURONCLE was born in 1965 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. She has lived in Washington, DC since 2002. An economist by profession, Maria – who spent over 25 years in the field of international development – published her first book in 2018, and subsequently decided to pursue her passion for writing professionally. "It Came to Me on a Whim" has been translated into several languages and is currently used on the Scandinavian Crime Literature Course at UCLA.


American Scandinavian Association 2024 

Tore G. Wärenstam Foundation 2023

Swedish Authors’ Fund 2022

Folke Tengeland Cultural Award 2022

AIR Literature, Villa Martinson, Jonsered,

December 2021

Hagstad, the home of Artur Lundkvist, Oderljunga, August 2021

The school of Harry Martinson, Alltidshult,

September 2020

Lilla Björka, the home of Elin Wägner, Berg,

May 2019


During the spring of 2024, Maria is a guest writer for Intro to Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. 

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