Film deals and glowing reviews: an amazing year for Tammi authors Salla Simukka, Tuutikki Tolonen, Max Seeck & more

This year has been extremely exciting for Tammi Publishers, one of the leading publishers in Finland, and home to best-selling Finnish authors and international successes. We are delighted to share with you a brief overview of the exciting things that have been happening for Tammi authors, which Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is proud to represent.

Max Seeck: The Angels of Hammurabi
Newcomer Max Seeck has blown everyone away with his debut novel The Angels of Hammurabi. The fast-paced, dark thriller set in Finland and Croatia has been praised by critics and readers in Finland, as the next star in Nordic Noir, with rights sold in Germany to Blanvalet/Random House and Estonia to Pegasus. Seeck is writing a sequel, due to be published in August 2017.

Salla Simukka: The Snow White Trilogy and Sisterland
Simukka’s incredible success of As Red as Blood, As White as Snow, and As Black as Ebony with 52 territories sold has continued this year with some major news: the series will be relaunched in the US by Random House, starting in 2017, and is set for film treatment in Hollywood with Zero Gravity Management. In addition, Tammi released Simukka’s first middle-grade novel, Sisterland, this autumn. World English rights sold to Random House US, and foreign rights have sold in France, Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Latvia and Estonia.

Tuutikki Tolonen: Monster Nanny
This monstrous family story has been capturing the hearts of children and adults alike: foreign rights to Monster Nanny (Tammi 2015) have been sold to 15 territories to date, with film rights optioned by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions (The Martian, Gladiator). The second volume, Monster Route was published in Finland this October. These monsters will be sticking around, no doubt! Read more about the film news here.

Maria Turtschaninoff: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Finlandia prize-winner Maresi has charmed readers around the world with its feminist fairytale. It has been hailed both contemporary and timeless – read the review in The Guardian. Turtschaninoff’s Maresi and its prequel, Naondel have sold in to 17 languages – its haunting and powerful tale of the The Red Abbey Chronicles resonating powerfully with today’s society. News about the film rights being optioned by Film4 just broke and is causing a lot of excitement in the press, including Variety, The Guardian, Women and Hollywood blog.

Marko Hautala: The Whispering Girl
Dubbed ‘Finland’s Stephen King’, award-winning Hautala produced a chilling new thriller, The Whispering Girl, that was published in August to great reviews and has sold in the Czech Republic and Estonia. Hautala’s previous novel, Granny Hatchet (2014) is bringing chills to readers in English, Czech and German. Read a five-star blog review here.

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Maria Turtschaninoff


 

Maria Turtschaninoff is known for crafting lyrical, historically inspired fantasy stories starring strong female protagonists. In addition to J.R.R. Tolkien, she counts Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Le Guin and C.S. Lewis among her favorite authors. She is a two-time winner of the Society of Swedish Literature Prize, a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and winner of the 2014 Finlandia Junior Prize. Maria has a Master of Arts in human ecology and works full-time as a writer.

Marko Hautala


Marko Hautala’s (b. 1973) unique blend of psychological thriller and realism has attracted readers of all genres, earning him a reputation as the ’Finnish Stephen King’. Skilled at generating spine-tingling fear in his readers, he has been recognised for his literary prowess: his first novel The Self-Illuminated Ones (Itsevalaisevat, 2008) was awarded the Tiiliskivi Prize, and in 2010 Hautala received the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize for Young Authors for Shrouds. He was also nominated for the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 for Seeing Eyes (Unikoira, Tammi 2012). His latest novel, The Whispering Girl was published in autumn 2016 (Tammi).

Max Seeck

Author photo Max Seeck b&w

Max Seeck, the most anticipated newcomer of the literary season, has received great reviews for his debut thriller The Angels of Hammurabi.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers. The opening pages of Max Seeck’s hot-off-the-press debut, The Angels of Hammurabi, are chilling and the flowing text hooks the reader swiftly,” stated Iltalehti newspaper, and Helsingin Sanomat newspaper called it a promising debut: ”Seeck’s next novel will be worth the wait.”

The German rights to The Angels of Hammurabi were recently sold at auction to Blanvalet. Quoting Beatrice Lampe, editor at Blanvalet, “Max Seeck’s action thriller develops at a breakneck speed – as mesmerizing to read as it would be to watch from a cinema seat.”

See also the UK-based Euro But Not Trash blog’s book review and Q&A with Max here.


Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

Salla Simukka


Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013.

Previously Simukka has written book reviews for the newspapers, translated all kinds of texts into Finnish, worked an editor at a literary magazine and as a screenwriter for a popular TV show for young audiences. These days she writes books for young adults and children, and travels the world talking about them.

Tuutikki Tolonen


Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, Finland’s only literary journal for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny duology sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.