If you would ask me to describe myself, I’d say: a writer, a dreamer and a hopeless romantic.
I adore books where the main character seems just like me but then goes on this fantastic journey. Add a bit of drama and a great (slow burner!) love story and I’m there! Stories like that appeal to the imaginative storyteller inside me.
I started writing stories since I was a teenager and, just like the books I love to read, my stories will always contain fantastical elements and a swoonworthy lovestory. I live and breathe for that stuff – truly!
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I live with my beautiful cats Minoes, Jip and Flynn. They sure make my life 100 times better!
Aside from writing and being a proud cat mom, I love reading and reviewing (indie) books and learning about (self) growth. I’m all about empowerment, taking responsibility, having me-time and creating the best life you want for yourself.
I also run a (Dutch) website, Fantasy Schrijfcoaching, where I offer free advice on how to write a Fantastic Story to help other (aspiring) writers to write (and finish!) their books.
What I’m passionate about
Getting the Indie Author noticed for their hard work and dedication. I want to see the Indie Author be taken as seriously as the traditionally published author and unfortunately, that is not the case as of yet. A lot of independently published books are being pushed aside because of the mere fact that they’ve been independently published. With phrases like ‘the slush pile has been moved to online’, most people in the Writing Industry still look at the Indie Author like its moronic little brother, better left behind closed doors because no one will enjoy his quirkiness.
Granted, there are still a lot of writers out there who’ve self-published a book that definitely should’ve come with a warning label like ‘unedited’, ‘a LOT of grammar errors’, or ‘basic story line / plot fails’. But, there are also a lot of writers who have gone above and beyond to get their best stories out there. My passion is to help and support that last group of writers.
In order to achieve this, I read and review work by Indie Authors both on this site as well as on my Goodreads account. And yes, I buy the books I read and review. I know that’s quite different than what most reviewers do, but I feel that’s part of how I truly support Indie Authors. I also love connecting with other (Indie) authors and give them a voice in a featured interview or blog. If you are an Indie author and you’d like to be featured, or if you connect with my mission on another level, contact me!