Being Dutch in the wrong place on Coronation Day

When you shake hands with a celebrity, it does feel as if the glamour rubs off a little on you too. So yes, I admit, I do feel a little special for having met the Dutch Queen Beatrix, when she visited Turkey in 2007. I was covering it for the main NOS T.V. news in…

My “smooth prose” beat the writing of 9,500 others, but …

Too bad! My draft thriller HOG-TIED didn’t make it into the semi-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). Still, it did make it to the quarter- finals last month, so I’ve had an exciting time and still feel quite proud. Amazon accepted about 10,000 entries in January, of which a first cut of 2,000…