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“Even at eleven he had observed
that things turned out right a ridiculous amount of the time.”
(William Denbrough in IT by Stephen King)
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1970, I started writing as soon as I learned how to build sentences, first in longhand in ever-growing stacks of notebooks, then on the ancient IBM typewriter a friend of my mother gave me.
In 1986, my first science fiction story, Illusie (Illusion) was accepted for the Dutch anthology Ganymedes, which promptly folded. Discouraged by this setback, I kept writing, but didn’t submit anything for years, instead focusing on a university degree in biology and a patchwork career of university and marketing research, croissant baking, teaching programming, and project management.
Then, in 2001, an American friend suggested I try my luck in the States. I wrote the short suspense story Deep Red, and sold it to the first market I submitted it to. The same friend pointed out the Writers of the Future contest in 2003, and after becoming published finalist with Conversation with a Mechanical Horse in 2003, the time travel tale Meeting the Sculptor won first place in 2004. Since then, I have sold eleven more stories to various markets, including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Escape Pod, Leading Edge Magazine, Space & Time Magazine, Machine Of Death, and Daily Science Fiction.
My stories have been translated into (or will be appearing shortly in) French, Dutch, Romanian, Chinese, Galician, Portugese, German, and Spanish.
I still live in Amsterdam, the patchwork career continues, but these days I have Wednesdays off for writing.
I am an active member of the SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America; the first ever Dutchman to qualify for active membership.