Linnea Hartsuyker can trace her ancestry back to Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway. She grew up in the middle of the woods outside Ithaca, New York, and studied engineering at Cornell University. After a decade of working at Internet startups and writing, she attended New York University and received an MFA in creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband. The Half-Drowned King is her first novel.