Hi, I'm Iris! I live with my husband and two cats in the forest somewhere. I've graduated from art college in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, in 2011. I've loved writing ever since I was a kid, and used to carry a writing pad everywhere when I was about 8. Whenever someone'd ask what I was writing, I'd tell them that I was writing a novel. I always wanted to become a novellist before the age of 18, and while I have written a 120-word-pages-long story at age 12-13, I never did get published, of course (or even bother editting or developing the text further; I mostly just loved the writing itself).
Realizing that it was unlikely I'd get published, let alone make a living out of writing, I decided to follow art college and become an illustrator. Haha, I'm joking of course -- that's supposed to say "accepted my destiny of being broke as a creative soul and followed my passions". I held a pencil to draw even before I held a pencil to write with, though.
With about 130 words p/m (or about 600 keys/min tapped, as we count in the Netherlands) I'm a pretty fast typer, which is one of the reasons why I love writing so much. I enjoy re-reading my own texts because half the time, my brain moves slower than my fingers and I surprise myself with my own, dragged-from-the-subconscious writing. Like many writers my characters really come to life in my head, which is the most fun part of writing for me. They manage to surprise me with crazy stuff they do all the time. :)
2011 was my first ever time to participate.
Finished novels in NaNoWriMo:
2011: Wa-r's Her-oes -- 160,436 words (English). Fantasy/Drama. Finished the novel's story during NaNoWriMo.
2012: Sce-nt o-f Be-trayal -- 70,000 words (English). Fantasy/Drama. Didn't finish the novel, but had a great year & was inspired afterwards to work on editting and polishing up my '11 NaNo. :)
- Epe, The Netherlands
- Horseback riding, gaming, writing, webdesign, drawing
- Favorite noveling music:
- Music with a lot of feeling or emotion; which depends on what part of a story I'm writing.
- Freelance Illustrator, Designer
- Favorite books or authors:
- Joe Abercrombie (particularly Best Served Cold), Ken Follett, Jill Mansell