Apart from being an internationally exhibited artist for over 25 years, I have always enjoyed writing. I love to observe and often see the funny side of life and I like to write both flash fiction and real-life stories about my life in southern Spain. Several of my short-stories have been published, both in printed and online magazines. I have also published six books. ‘Secret Thoughts’, my first book, is a collection of sensual, quirky short stories and flash fiction which often end with an unexpected twist. The narrators in the stories vary from female, male, to inanimate objects. Some of the stories are slightly surreal, while others are fictional encounters that only exist in the mind; an exciting traffic jam, impossible love between different cultures, a lamp-post expressing its view of the world, form part of this unique story book. Secret Thoughts is also available in Spanish ‘Pensamientos Secretos’ and are both available from Amazon.
My second book is ‘Cheers’– Breaking the Silence … One Voice at a Time’. ‘Cheers’ is an important book to me, it reveals the human condition behind alcoholism. I have interviewed not only partners, children, parents and friends of alcoholics but also health workers in the field of addiction and alcoholics themselves. I recount their stories anonymously, revealing the incredible stories of desperation and pain but ultimately also of hope and escape. This book helps to raise awareness of the widespread problem of alcohol abuse and help those close to people who suffer from alcoholism to find a way to cope with or, indeed, to discover a way out of a situation of isolation. Compassionately written, ‘Cheers’ also offers information about some of the many avenues of help currently available to those affected both directly and indirectly by alcoholism. Cheers is also available in Dutch, Spanish and German. You can purchase it from Amazon.
‘The Art of Feeling Better’ is a series of seven books, so far three have been published, with visualisations and mandalas made by me. These are wonderful little gift books that can help you feel better. So far available: ‘I feel better’, ‘I can forgive‘ and ‘I feel better with astrology‘. Available on Amazon.
‘Reflections from La Herradura’ is a guide book, a history book and a collection of artist’s biographies taking you on a journey through La Herradura, an enchanting village in southern Spain. Available on Amazon both in English and in Spanish.
Memories of WorldWar II The War seen through Teenage Eyes
The completely new book I wrote is ‘Memories of World War II. For this book I interviewed my then 90 year old father about his experience as a teenager during World-War II in the town of Deventer in The Netherlands. My fathers family was active in the Resistance and even my father was sent out to bring packages to various addresses. His oldest brother was shot during an action in the Resistance and died two years after the war. This book is dedicated to my father’s brother Wim van Nijen. You can read more about Memories of World War II here
Tapas of Tales, Life, Love and Adventures in Spain
I wrote Tapas of Tales during the 2020 Covid19 related lockdown period is Tapas of Tales. Some of these stories were previously published as a blog, but I’ve now bundeled them and written more stories. Tapas of tales are short, mostly funny stories that really happened to me. It is about my experience of living in Spain as an artist from when I came to Spain in 2003 to the 2020 lockdown. Click the bold letters to read more about Tapas of Tales.
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