How did your passion for writing started?
People asked me this question very often. The passion for writing started when I was 12 years old and read the diary of Anne Frank for the very first time. I got inspired by this diary and her writing. From that moment I started to keep a diary by myself. It was not really a diary with a lock, but a book with a green hard cover that I always hid. When I was writing in it, I discovered that I could organize my thoughts very well and I created my “own” world around me.
After a while, I didn’t get the satisfaction that I was looking for. I started writing short stories. The next step was a novella. I printed it and locked it in a closet.
And then it happened…
For years I wouldn’t touch it.
Four years ago I won the writing contest of “Vriendin” (Girlfriend) magazine, entitled “The Lavender House.” I found is so incredibly exciting that all the “Vriendin” readers would read my story. How would it be if I could write a real book that would be sold in the bookshops?
Time passed by until I heard about a writing competition organized by publisher “Free Musketeers.” The deadline for submission was very short. Suddenly I remembered the manuscript of thirteen years ago. I searched in the closet, found the manuscript, wiped the dust from it and sent it to the publisher.
Two months after the submission deadline, I was called by Free Musketeers that my book “The night that changed her life” would be issued. I edited my book and my father designed a beautiful cover. My book would be issued according to the “printing-on-demand” principle.
No books in stores.
But I enjoyed every minute of it that I could call myself a real writer from now on.
Writing became more and more important in my life. I found inspiration everywhere. A conversation or an article in a magazine or something in the street. One of the essential things in my handbag is my Moleskine notebook. Research is a important thing during the writing process. I read a lot about the subject or the place where the story takes place.
The story “The Lavender House” is the basis for the novel I’m writing now. Currently, I write beside my full time job. That’s not always easy. I write a lot during weekends, holidays and days off. I love to write in a cafe where I order a big cappuccino and write at the big wooden table for hours, liking the buzz around me.
One time writing is easier than the other time. Unfortunately, I am familiar with the “writers-block”. But when I take a break from my book for a day, I have experienced, that the inspiration comes back automatically. My goal is to write a bestseller and I hope this book will fulfill my dream!