ABOUT MY WORK
Ever inspired by the greats like Isaac Asimov, I have always been fond of science fiction that focuses equally on science but also the fiction, and isn't afraid of adding a healthy dose of politics and socio-economics. Something that isn't afraid to push the envelope doesn't hurt either.
My first novel, Newfoundland, is a story of social movements, political corruption, love, conspiracy and the devastating effects of violence, set during an ill-fated colonisation of a newly discovered planet. Unsurprisingly, it isn't short on politics and socio-economics. Nor is it afraid of doing its own thing.
I have several others projects on the go. A futuristic detective story brimming with mystery, tension and philosophy. A fast-paced, smart-mouthed look at the effects of celebrity status on the champions of a fictional sport. And, of course, a spiritual successor to Newfoundland of epic proportions.
My aim; pay tribute to the greats of science fiction yet do something new with the genre. To create a bridge for newcomers. And of course, to entertain as many science fiction lovers as possible.
Born in The Netherlands, I moved to Edinburgh at the young age of 13. After high school and university, I did a variety of job in both the financial and catering sectors, before embarking on some travels in the US. I'm currently back in a financial office again.
on Oct. 26, 2012 :
I loved this story!
(review of free book)
on July 30, 2012 :
In the interests of full disclosure I only read approximately 25% of this novel before stopping.
Newfoundland is a novel I wanted to love. I love stories of planetary colonization. It is clear to me that this author wanted to write an entertaining book on this topic, but unfortunately it falls short on several fronts. This is most obvious in the dialog. The characters speak in a very stilted and unnatural manner. And on many occasions the conversation exists solely to provide the reader with background information. The characters, who are journalists, military officers, politicians, and investigators do not act in a way that I would expect people of their profession to behave. Plot wise the book plodded along and it was too far into the story before the complication point. A nefarious secret is promised, but unless there is a second deeper darker secret revealed later in the book, I was left scratching my head as to why the secret caused the turmoil it did. It just made no sense to me.
I think there are the bones of a good story here but this book, or at least the first quarter, needs a rewrite. I think a journalist uncovering a secret plot by a corrupt military-industrial complex is intriguing. Dialog should be crisp, brief and drive the plot forward. So should the action, we don't need to know all the details of ship board meals and such. The characters need to act in a recognizable, logical manner. And if there is a deep dark secret, it should be more than what is presented here.
(review of free book)