Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I was born in the Netherlands and raised in a small town called ‘Bussum’ situated only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam. Already in my youth I wrote short stories with my two year older sister, Marianne. We were given a selection of postcards displaying beautiful places across the globe, triggering our imagination. In later years I picked up writing again while working as managing director for the Benelux branch of a US based finance company. At the end of each day I summarized by email my everyday activities, including anecdotes about my interaction with businessmen. My PA always had a good laugh about it. She advised me to write down my experiences. Over a period of ten years I managed to finish my first semi-autobiographic fiction book, describing these encounters. I did this after working hours and I was quite relieved when the job was done. Unfortunately I decided not to publish that specific book (Nice Doing Business With You Ma’am) since it required a substantial rewrite due to some unexpected circumstances. At the time, I felt not very motivated to start re-writing it given the fact it already took me 10 years to produce the current version! The story of a psychic combined with the climate changes around the globe and some further investigation in both area’s put me back to writing; that was the beginning of the Jessie Golden Earth Series with 3 parts completed in the series, i.e., Quest to the Unknown (part 1), Darkness and Light (part 2) and The Prophecy: the seven disasters before the Apocalypse (part 3). Part 1 and 2 (18th July, 2019) are published. I still work full time by the way as a development and operations director for an international French IT Finance and Services company.
Apart from these fiction books I completed a non-fiction work which I am currently editing to make it more accessible to read (Learn To Understand Your Original Self).
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I am aware of. Usually the story is unfolding in my head and when I feel I am ready to start I sit down and begin to write. Sometimes I can’t finish and continue until the early morning. I think that I am very lucky I don’t need much sleep at night. This allows me to continue writing after my regular working hours.
What authors have influenced you?
The first book I really felt in love with was The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. I was in my early teens when I was introduced to his work and have been a great fan ever since. The themes he used such as intrigues, betrayal, passionate love and hatred combined with female heroines influenced my writing a lot. Other authors that inspired me are Noel Barber (Tanamera), Danielle Steel (The Promise), David Baldachi (The Summer and other work), Jilly Cooper (Polo and other work), Jacky Collins (The Lucky Santiago saga) and Joy Fielding (the other woman)
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write that book, get it edited and published! Today there are many ways to get your book in front of a large audience.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t give a damn about what other people say, but rely on what your mind is telling you to do. Especially when it comes to writing you have to keep a level head particularly when the first reviews appear. Always believe in yourself and your work.
What are you reading now?
I can’t read fiction novels as long as I am still writing myself. The last book I read was a travel guide relating to Israel and a book explaining how to paint watercolors.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I trust people too quickly since I usually tend to see only the positive side of a person. That leads to unnecessary disappointments.
What is your favorite book of all time?
There are many books I love for different reasons. But as I already mentioned, The other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon is really my all times favorite. The reason is twofold. I read it as a young child and I was quite overwhelmed by the strong feelings of love Noelle cherishes for Larry, with her driving him to commit a horrible crime. The very fact that this particular person is still alive and they are both convicted to the death penalty, while Demiris is having his revenge is stunning. It’s about love, intrigue, betrayal, revenge with a strong female heroine, the lovely Noelle, who is fighting herself to the top. As a reader you are experiencing her emotions. Secondly, I was so impressed that I thought at the time: “I would love to write a story like that.” It took me many, many years before I got my first book published and the story is quite different, but ever when I look at my books, I think about that very book of Sidney Sheldon.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I am inspired by a lot of things, but most in particular the current situation in the world, the increasing natural disasters, the theory of Quantum Physics, Munay-Ki and some amazing life stories of psychics I met. It all led to the Jessie Golden Earth Series. My writing style…since Sidney Sheldon is my all times hero, I hope I write a little bit like he did.
What are you working on now?
I am working on three books in parallel! First of all The Prophecy, part 4 in the Jessie Golden Earth Series. Secondly another fiction book based on internet dating and the dangers it can entail (Unpredictable Affairs) and last but not least the final editing of my non-fiction work Learn To Understand Your Original Self)
What is your method for promoting your work?
I use a suite of promotion activities such as Facebook, Instagram, my Website, Amazon, other book promotion sites and radio interviews among other activities.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I first need to finish the two remaining parts in the Jessie Golden Earth Series as well as the other fiction book and translate it into English, which is also the case for the non-fiction book. Then I would like to finish the very first book I wrote about my business encounters with men. Furthermore I have some ideas relating to another non-fiction book…..so, enough inspiration to keep me going for the next years to come.
How well do you work under pressure?
Very well indeed, I can say. With a career in the fast-moving IT finance industry, working for a multitude of large US multinationals with sky high targets and sharp deadlines, I am very used to work long hours with substantial work to be concluded and executed.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
Just depends on the story and what you would like to achieve. The Jessie Golden Earth Series is a five part Saga and the story is fast-paced since I need to conclude each part with an unexpected twist When I would like to fix the reader's attention on a particular character with the aim to let them experience their emotion, I elaborate on the topic. In my non-fiction work the tone of the story is totally different due to the subject and the level of explanation this requires.
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