Bilingual Dutch born writer/ artist with background in theater arts as designer, dramaturg, translator and actors coach. Author of Creative Acts of Healing: after a baby dies. Columnist and book reviewer for Dutch Parental web magazine Ouders Online, and Arts & Lit writer for the Seattle International Examiner.
In reverse chronology: Contemporary British authors who delve into family history such as Esther Freud, and journalist/ novelist Linda Grant, plus of American authors among others, Henry Roth, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Chaim Potok, Arthur Miller, Henry Miller and Anais Nin, Isaac Bashevish Singer, John Updike and John Steinbeck. In my mother tongue Geert Mak, and Meyer Sluyser and the novelists Hella Haase, A. F. Th van der Heijden and W.F. Hermans.
"Forgiveness", a novel set in post WWII the Netherlands, about love & betrayal, subsidized art, aftermath of war, paranoid delusions and redemption.
"Renegades" is a screenplay based on the novel Forgiveness. A 30-year-old ad-woman and a traumatized, middle-aged entrepreneur fall in love. She insists she won't marry him unless becomes a professional artist, impossible at age 50? This challenge may prove to be a lesser obstacle than her family's WWII secret.
"Painting for Life" is a memoir about frugality and "living the green way", about the author growing up in the isolation of the Dutch countryside of the 1960's, with a Holocaust survivor father, and a creative, yet paranoid mother.
The Dutchess Abroad likes to find her way in foreign places and presents architectural tours of the Seattle Central Public Library, is an organic gardener and cook and likes to throw food related parties.
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