How did you start your writing career?
When I was ten years old, I dreamed about four girls and a UFO. When I woke up, I decided to write a book about it, and that became my first-ever novel. I taught myself how to use a type-writer, make and bind books and illustrate stories, just so I could write ‘Ann-Marie and the Flying Saucer’. I still have it! It is 35 pages long and pretty well-written for a ten-year-old.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
My book ‘Shadow of Time’ is set in
, and more specifically, Navajo Nation. It was originally written and published in Dutch (I am from Arizona Holland) and re-written in English so I could self-publish it in the , too. Since I have never actually been to US Arizona (or even the U.S.), I would love to visit the places I have written about in the book – Antelope Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly. Rainbow Bridge
Tell us about your current release.
‘Shadow of Time’ is a paranormal romance set in Navajo Nation. The main characters are American (Hannah, the girl) and Navajo (Josh, the guy). Hannah and her brother Ben are spending their summer vacation in
. Josh is Ben’s best friend from the reservation, and Hannah hasn’t seen him in years. When she meets him again, she falls head over heels for him, but Josh is strangely distant and seems to be hiding something from her. When she starts to have strange nightmares about historical events in Navajo Nation in which Josh is always present, she is determined to find out what is happening to her... and what Josh’s secret exactly is. Arizona
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I think most writers will agree with me on this one – it’s deleting stuff! In order to write a good book, you always have to take out some parts at a later stage so your book will have a good flow and no ‘filler’ content. But of course, a book is kind of like a ‘baby’ – you love every part of it, because you created it. Writing is not hard, but editing is!
Does your significant other read your stuff?
Interesting question! My husband is Filipino and English is one of his native languages. He has not read my books in Dutch (because his knowledge of Dutch, he claims, is awful) so he is overjoyed my work is available in English now! He has read ‘Shadow of Time’ even though it is a ‘girly book’. :)
Who are your books published with?
Holland, my books are published with Ellessy Publishing House from . Outside the Arnhem , my English books are self-published. Netherlands
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I write my own music while writing my books! In every book I write, there is a song (usually sung or composed by the main character). In ‘Shadow of Time’, both Josh and Hannah have a song. You can listen to them on my website.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was very young, I wanted to be an astronomer. I was fascinated by everything that had to do with the universe, the solar system and things ‘out there’. But part of me has always wanted to write as well. I could read when I was three years old, and I have never stopped reading since. I grew up with books. Nowadays, I am a teacher of English, just like both my parents and my sister. I guess it runs in the family!
All Hannah Darson wanted was a peaceful summer vacation after her first year of teaching in high school. She and her brother Ben are all set up for six weeks of relaxation in their mom's log cabin next to Lake Powell. Hannah hasn't been there for years, and when she runs into Ben's best friend Josh again, she discovers he has grown up... fast. The young boy from the Navajo reservation turns out to be the local heart-throb, and Hannah falls head over heels for him.
What is happening to her? And why does Josh appear in her dreams about the past, too..?
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