Anne-Cathrine Riebnitzsky was born in 1974 and graduated from Copenhagen’s Writer’s School in 1998. Having completed her Foreign Language Officer training in Moscow in 2003, she worked at, the Danish Embassy in Russia, before going to Afghanistan in 2007, first as a soldier and then as a Foreign Ministry advisor. In 2010 she was awarded the Anders Lassen Award for “significant military and civilian achievements during deployment ”.

Her first book was The Women’s War (Kvindernes krig) in 2010, which was a documentary about her work with the Afghan women. The book was shortlisted for Weekendavisen’s Literature Prize. In 2012 she published her first novel, The Stolen Road (Den stjålne vej) for which she was awarded the Debutant Award. This was also nominated for Weekendavisens Literature Prize as well as for the DBC’s Novel of the Year Award. Slaughtered Pigs (Forbandede yngel) was published in 2013 and earned her the Golden Laurels and Politiken’s Novel of the Year Award.