I am an indie author of Young Adult and Contemporary Women's Fiction. My work is 'Fiction With A Heartbeat' - 'cause life ain't so bad if you approach it with a little humor and belief in your own potential.
Describe your desk
Our dining table doubles as my desk. All I really need in order to write is a chair and my laptop. Right now I'm sitting here surrounded by an empty cereal bowl, my daughter's coloring book, crayons and markers, a hair brush, a doll, and a cookie wrapper. Quite cozy, really.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Netherlands (more commonly known as 'Holland') in the '80s and '90s. This had a big impact on how I view some of the issues that come up in 'Ruth 66', such as teen love, (homo)sexuality and drug use. My upbringing was quite liberal, but this doesn't mean that my parents would just let me do whatever I wanted. It meant that we had open lines of communication about these issues and that my parents trusted me to make the right decisions. Having their trust meant the world to me-it made me feel free, but also responsible and accountable. I knew that by breaking that trust I would only let myself down, and, much worse, my parents.