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Hester Velmans

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I make my living translating modern novels (French, Dutch into English), but my real love is reserved for writing my own brand of fiction. My latest is a historical novel, SLIPPER, which tells the story of Cinderella as if she had been a real-life historical character in the 17th century who meets the original author of the fairy tales, the little-known Charles Perrault. My two books for children won many fans: Isabel of the Whales and the follow-up, Jessaloup's Song . I also read everything I can get my hands on. I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband Peter, my dog Ruby and a few thousand bees.
Oh, and I have a website I hope you'll visit: http://www.Hestervelmans.com.

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Hester Velmans The best advice I can give is to muscle your way through the hard part--the start of the novel of story. You'll find that if you persist, the story…moreThe best advice I can give is to muscle your way through the hard part--the start of the novel of story. You'll find that if you persist, the story will eventually take on a life of its own, and take you on a thrilling rollercoaster ride to the inexorable ending. I'd also say that although you're always told to "write what you know", it doesn't mean you shouldn't use your imagination. Sometimes it's necessary to throw away what you know, and indulge in the most outrageous flights of fancy. It's fiction, after all, and fiction gives you the license to invent!(less)
Hester Velmans When I become frustrated with my own stories, I turn to translating, which is also a form of creative writing but does not require me to come up with…moreWhen I become frustrated with my own stories, I turn to translating, which is also a form of creative writing but does not require me to come up with original ideas. The act of sitting down at the computer and working with language is usually enough to kick-start my own writing.(less)
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My novel Slipper is coming out tomorrow, and I am a bundle of nerves. Will people read it? Will they like it? How will I even know?

It's a big thing, sending something out into the universe that's been your own personal, private fiefdom, gestating inside your head (or computer) for so long. Each word lovingly pondered over, each flimsy character laboriously sculpted into a real person of flesh,...

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"What a terrific read, particularly appropriate for our times. While the Cinderella tale is familiar, this wry, sly re-telling brings it vibrantly alive. With a broad geographic sweep from London to Paris to the Battle of Maastricht, this novel is..." Read more of this review »
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""Slipper" is a fairy tale retelling of the story of Cinderella. In this book, we have Lucinda, a beautiful but unfortunate girl, born to a young woman who was pregnant out of wedlock and tragically passes after she has Lucinda. This book explores..." Read more of this review »
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"I felt I was reading history, turns out it was historical imagination so well wrought that it fit my foot. It’s a Me too, it’s a love story, it’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s world of fables explained through the eyes of a cinder girl. Wild mustangs coul..." Read more of this review »
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“How can something that is true in your heart and in your mind not be real?”
Hester Velmans, Isabel of the Whales

“There are too many people who consider themselves far too important. And yet not one of us is anything but a grain of sand in the desert, a speck of dust in the universe.”
Hester Velmans, Pogingen iets van het leven te maken: Het geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83¼ jaar

“We have all the time in the world. We once complained about being over-scheduled; now we're thrilled to bits if there's something to jot down other than a doctor's appointment.”
Hester Velmans, Pogingen iets van het leven te maken: Het geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83¼ jaar

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Hester Thanks, Sed! I hope you'll like the sequel (Jessaloup's Song) too...


Hester Sed wrote: "Hi! Isabel of the Whales is one of my favorite books of all time! It is amazing and full of action. I have recommended it to all of my friends. I have gotten most them to read it, and they love it..."


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Sed Hi! Isabel of the Whales is one of my favorite books of all time! It is amazing and full of action. I have recommended it to all of my friends. I have gotten most them to read it, and they love it as well! Thanks for a great read!


Hester Alison wrote: "Hey! I just wanted to say that Isabel of the Whales was (and still is) one of my favorite books when I was little. I will be sure to read the sequel!"

I hope you'll like it!! Isabel too is older now...
All best,
Hester


Jessica Hey Hester, thanks for the heads up! Will definitely check out the 2nd book :) Cheers!


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