(Vilborg) Yrsa Sigurðardóttir was born in Reykjavík on August 24th, 1963. She graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc.- degree in civil engineering from the University of Iceland in 1988 and M.Sc.- degree in the same field from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 1997. Yrsa works as a civil engineer for the engineering-company Fjarhitun, as well as being a writer.
In 1998 Yrsa published her first book for children, Þar lágu Danir í því. To this date her books for children and teenagers are five, the newest is Biobörn (BIO Children), published in 2003. In 2000 the Icelandic department of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) awarded Yrsa for her book Við viljum jólin í júlí (We Want Christmas in July). Her first novel for adults, the crime story Þriðja táknið (Last Rituals), was published by Veröld publishing house in 2005. The book has been sold to a number of countries and appeared in several tranlslations, as well as its sequels about the investigative lawier Þóra Guðmundsdóttir. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's latest work is Ég man þig (Blessed are the Children) from 2010, which is also her first thriller where Þóra is not in the picture.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir lives in the Reykjavík suburb of Seltjarnarnes. She is married with two children.
Publisher: Mál og menning / Veröld.