How it began
Since I can remember, it has been my ambition to be a writer. I have always been writing bits and pieces, but I never really finished anything.
In my early twenties, I decided it was time to start seeing writing as a serious job. I wrote my first romance story and sent it to a Dutch publisher – in the Netherlands, you deal directly with publishers, not with agents. This first attempt was rejected three months later, but by then, I had already written and sent the second one to the same publisher. They published this one and I kept on writing until there were seven.
As my publisher knew that I didn’t find it particularly difficult to write these romances, he suggested I’d write ‘something else, something more interesting’.
I loved reading murder stories and I moved to writing crime thrillers. I am always intrigued about the complexity of the characters and their motives. It is interesting to work out a good plot, challenging to ensure that everything ties together at the end.
I had written and published 20 novels and crime thrillers, when I decided to start writing in English. It was a much slower process to search for the right words, but somehow, more rewarding. However, it wasn’t easy to find a publisher in the UK and, as I soon found out, I’d rather wanted to make my own choices. Accidentally, I came across a printing company in Padstow, TJ International, and they happily guided me to and through the proces of self-publishing.