Heidi Marie Kriznik lives in Oslo. APPLAUSE was her first novel, and it won her the prestigious Tarjei Vesaas' First Book Award. She has also received the Unified Language Prize 2008 for her writing. The prize is awarded annually to a writer who has created excellent literary works using a popular, radical bokmål Norwegian.
Praise for Applause: "Heidi Marie Kriznik has managed to write herself into the major league already with her first book. She has managed to breach the boundaries of a family-novel and to say something about being a human being and a stranger in Norwegian society. It is simply very well done" (NRK)
Praise for Gone One Winter: ”The passages where grief overpowers Zenz in cunning ambushes are masterly – sharply carved, tightly edited, and consistently honest to the protagonist … Gone One Winter is at least as compassionately told as Applause, at least as beautiful and at least as tender.” (Dagsavisen)