About the author
Maria Turtschaninoff is a Swedish-speaking Finn who has been writing fairy tales from the age of five. However, there was often a twist: the poor farmer boy and the princess he had just saved from the evil witch did not end up marrying, because they "didn’t feel like it". Her biggest grief as a child was that no wardrobe led to Narnia.
After a detour as a journalist for a few years Turtschaninoff debuted in 2007 with a middle-grade portal fantasy and has since published five more novels, all YA fantasy. Pushkin Press has acquired world English rights to Maresi and the subsequent two novels in the Red Abbey Chronicles.
Maria Turtschaninoff is represented by The Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency.
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
Inherited Land is an episodic work of literary fiction depicting human relationships with nature.
For Maresi, like so many other girls, the Red Abbey was a haven of safety in a world ruled by brutal men. But now she is a young woman and it is time for her to leave. She must take all that she has learned from her sisters and return to her childhood home to share the knowledge she has gained. But when Maresi returns to her village, she realises all is not well – the people are struggling and are too busy trying to survive to see the value of her teaching.