I was born in the Caribbean and returned there 25 years later to work as a lawyer. My experiences during those years became the foundations on which I built the plot of my first novel: Sandblasted (2007, publishing house Augustus, Amsterdam). The story of Sandblasted leans on modern day conflicts of identity that can be traced back to our 17th C slave history. Sandblasted was shortlisted for the Dutch debutant award.
As of 1999, I worked as Legal Counsel and Executive Producer for various film production companies in Amsterdam. In 2001, a play of mine was staged in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. I then went on to co-write a screenplay for a feature film – Adrenaline - which was released in Benelux cinemas in 2003.
My second novel was published in 2010: The Consul General’s Wife. It is available in English as mobi for Kindle on amazon, and as epub for iPad/iPhone.
The Brazilian rights to The Consul General’s Wife have been bought by Livros de Safra. It will be released in Brazil next year.
If you click here, you’ll find everything you need to know about my publications (such as op-eds for newspapers, TV series and so on) and other projects I’ve worked on.
Next to writing, I continue to provide legal services and represent various writers, directors and producers. I find it important that professional legal advice is accessible to creatives and therefore deliberately keep my rates low. I have specialized in all legal aspects of film (from negotiation of contracts for directors or screenwriters, to financing, (co)production, distribution – the whole field) and publishing in Holland.
I have also provided courses about Dutch Culture to expats (or to organizations who have many foreign employees) in collaboration with the John Adams Institute of Amsterdam. Lastly, I dance flamenco. Like writing, flamenco is not just a performance, it’s a journey.