Þórunn Erlu- og Valdimarsdóttir was born in 1954, and is educated as a historian. She is a prolific author of over twenty books, which include poetry, novels, biographies and historical works. Þórunn has also written for radio and television.
Her first novel, Júlía, was published by Forlagið in 1992. In collaboration with poet and musician Megas, Þórunn wrote the children’s biography Sun in Norðurmýri in 1993 and the novel The Day of Women (Dagur kvennanna) in 2010.
In 1997, Þórunn’s historical novel Enough was published and nominated for the DV Cultural Prize. Her next novel, A Girl with Fingers (1999), received the DV Cultural Prize and was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize.
Þórunn’s novels The Blood of the Other is Cold (2007) and The Lion has Many Ears (2010) are contemporary crime novels based on the Icelandic Sagas. The Blood of the Other is Cold is based on Njála and The Lion has Many Ears is based on Laxdæla. Both novels were nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize. Þórunn’s academic books have also been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize. In 2013 her novel A Girl with Stomach won the Fjöru Prize.
Þórunn is also an artist, and her beautiful line drawings can be seen on her website. She is working on a new children’s book.