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Stormy Novels

I’ve started development on stormynovels.com! I’m looking forward to sharing more information about myself and my novels with the rest of the world. Considering my lack of experience with website building it’ll probably be quite the challenge, especially since it’s been about ten years since I did anything with website development, but I’m guessing it’ll also be a lot of fun. In the future I hope to publish regular updates here.

At the start of April I have a week vacation and I hope to continue with my novel ‘Stranded’. At the moment Stranded is just the work title and still subject to change, but it sums the story up quite well, so I might even keep that title or make it part of the final title. The story itself is based on a dream I had over a year ago. Most of the times my dreams are easily forgotten, but this one was so inspiring that I wrote it down for future reference. During my Christmas break last year I encountered my ideas again, and started writing. It wasn’t long before I had seventy-five pages done, however, one of my editors recommended that I take another look at the number of cast members, which at the time already numbered more than twenty. During my next vacation I hope to get a lot of rewriting done in the first chapters and simplify the story, so that it’s easier to follow the main characters without drowning into a lot of background information.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everybody has a fun Valentine’s Day this year and receives a lot of cards, or otherwise has a special time with their loved ones.

For me romance has always been an important part of my life, and as a result a big influence with the stories I write. Back in high school we had an assignment in the final year for Dutch to pick a theme for six novels that we had to read, and then give a comparison between the novels and how the plots evolved.

I selected ‘Romantic stories with a dramatic ending’, and read several Dutch classics as well as several modern stories. I really loved the assignment and did a lot more than I was supposed to do. When I finally gave my presentation to the teacher I ended up scoring a 9, which is comparable to an A in American classes. It was the highest grade I ever scored for Dutch, and when I think back of it, I think that my love for writing started with those assignments, even if I didn’t realize it back then.

I’ve only been writing for three years now, but the novels I read back then still have their impact on my writing today. Love and drama go hand-in-hand for a good story, or better said, for a realistic love affair. The typical fairytale romance, though cute, is far from realistic and in real life people often go through various difficult times. The beauty of those difficult times is that it can really strengthen a bond between partners, but at the same time there is the ugly side where it can break their relationship.

Another big inspiration for my romance novels are my grandparents. They were married for almost sixty-one years when my grandmother died, and still very much in love even though they were eighty-nine years old. They were a rare example of how true love lasts and persists, even when my grandmother got Alzheimer and had a lot of trouble to remember things. It was amazing to see how they acted with each other when she was still alive. To give an example, my grandmother would still tug my grandfather into bed every evening, despite her own advanced age.

I know that if I only get half of such a love life that I’ll be a very happy man.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and due to the special meaning that romance has for me, I’m giving a 50% discount on my romance novel A Little Help. When you use coupon code EA37G you get the discount immediately. This offer expires on February 16 though.

I hope you all have a great and romantic day!

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Parenthood stories

Last week a new website went online, www.parenthoodstories.com. To start off their website they organized a contest in which authors were challenged to write a story between 400 – 4000 words, with a mother as the central character.

Unfortunately, my entry didn’t win, but I was happy to learn that it was well received by the jury. I enjoyed writing my story a lot, and although I don’t have children of my own yet, I find the mission of this website very important.
Promoting good parenthood will hopefully help children all over the world. Right now it’s too early to tell how much of an impact this website will have, but I like the idea that I contributed at least a little bit to that.

I value every child as a precious life that deserves to be protected and nurtured. No matter how small the overall contributions of this website might be, I consider it a big win for children worldwide.

I may live in a First World country where children are supported in their basic needs, but there are many countries where this is not the case. On top of that, child abuse also happens in my own country, and it breaks my heart to see innocent children abused, twisting their personalities into something ugly, that, in time, will only cause the cycle to repeat itself.

My entry, ‘Learning to let go’, revolves around a young mother with an autistic son, and the challenges she faces in life. Raising children is difficult enough as it is, but raising a child with a physical or mental handicap is even more difficult. My story centers around a mother who needs to bring her son to kindergarten for the first time in his life.

You can find my entry on this link, the other entries are available here.

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Forbidden Love is published!

Wow, what an adventure it’s been these last few months. Progress on Forbidden Love was going slow but steady. That is, until I had a two week vacation three weeks ago. Until that point I had rewritten about a third of the novel, and I managed to rewrite the rest in just two weeks. Last week I finished the final details and now the novel is published on Smashwords. Some of the chapters doubled in size, while others tripled, or even quadrupled. Most of the original story was left in tact, but I made a couple of changes to the end. I won’t tell anything more though, you can check it out for yourself, since the novel is available for free the coming months!

To celebrate this publication, I also decided to give a 25% discount on A Little Help. If you visit Smashwords and use coupon code WM43C, then you’ll get an instant discount. This discount doesn’t work with the other retailers, however, and the offer expires in February.

I also wrote a synopsis of Forbidden Love, feel free to leave your comments and critique. I love reading feedback from readers, be it either good or bad.

Forbidden Love

Alice Evans doesn’t like her life. She teaches math to rebellious and obnoxious teenagers, who derive a great sense of pleasure out of making her life a living hell. She hardly has any friends in her new city, and her family doesn’t live close by either. One Friday afternoon, just after school, everything seems to go wrong. She had a tough week at work, feels very stressed, and the pouring rain outside is even worse than an April shower. This by itself wouldn’t be so terrible, if she didn’t also have to buy groceries, and if she hadn’t forgotten to bring her umbrella…

She purchases her groceries and takes them outside in a cardboard box to store them in her car, but as she suspected, it doesn’t take the rain long to soak her to the bone. In her haste to get back to the car, she trips in a hole on the parking lot. Alice drops the box in her fall, strewing all of her groceries around the parking lot. Because of her fall, she also breaks the heel of her shoe, and tears her skirt. Overall, she feels extremely miserable.

However, when she least expects it, a young man steps in and offers to assist her. He isn’t just any man, since Alice recognizes him as John Richards, one of her better students. He offers to help her out and even drives her home, after which he helps her with her groceries. Since Alice’s ankle hurts a lot, John offers to help her out the next day as well. He’s one of the kindest people she knows, and she accepts his help, agreeing to meet him again the next day.

Alice now faces a new dilemma. She realizes that John is her student, and she recognizes the type of a slippery slope she’s on if she accepts his friendship. If by some chance that friendship turns into something more, then she will face the very likely chance of violating one or even multiple laws. John might be eighteen years old, but the state they live in forbids an affair between a teacher and her student, no matter what their age is.

Alice must now face the difficult decision of choosing between two evils; conform to what is right, or do what feels right, despite the possible consequences. Will John be able to win her heart, or will Alice’s conscience and the law, keep them from being together?

In the Afterword I left more details behind what inspired me to write the story. With this story I hope to provide an insight in how an affair between a student and a teacher can develop.

Enjoy the read!

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