Linde Hagerup was born in 1968. She grew up at Rykkinn, in the outskirts of Oslo and, according to her, she comes from the least imaginative family in Norway, given the fact that nearly all family members over the last three generations became authors. Adding to that, her grandmother is still one of Norway's most famous and beloved poets, 20 years after her death.
At the age of seventeen, Linde entered the writing school Skrivekunstakademiet in Bergen, being one of their youngest students ever. Later she worked in theatre administration for many years, and spent ten years co-editing the literary journal Vagant.
Linde's roots in Oslo are strong, having lived there most of her adult life. However, at the birth of a son, she made the radical decision to move to Smøla in the north western part of Norway, where she spent five years writing. Today she lives with her son at Kråkerøy in Fredrikstad, an hour by train from Oslo. She also teaches writing classes at high schools. Linde Hagerup's debut came in 1999, with the critically acclaimed short story collection Og det skal vare så lenge. Last autumn her novel Ikke sant was published, and coming this fall, her debut as a childrens' book author.