Riikka was born in 1980 and spent her youth in Oulu, a town on Finland’s northwest coast, with her father (a lawyer), mother (a doctor), and two sisters. During that time, she was
also a very talented athlete. Nowadays she studies literature and philosophy at Helsinki University, and does her jogging without a stopwatch.

The Border, her first novel, was published in 2006 and to positive reviews and immediate sales success.

Her second novel, True, came out in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Finland. The film rights of True have been sold to Vertigo Productions (Finland), and its adaptation for the stage premiered at Helsinki’s KOM Theatre in November 2011.

Riikka Pulkkinen’s third novel, The Book of Strangers, was published in September, 2012.

The publishing rights for Riikka Pulkkinen’s novels have been sold to publishers all around the world. Current rights sold and published translations for each of her books can be viewed in the books section.