Simone van der Vlugt
Simone van der Vlugt (b. 1966) is an acclaimed Dutch writer, well known for her young adult novels and thriller. She made her debut in 1995 with De amulet (The Talisman), followed by Bloedgeld (Blood Money, 1996), De guillotine (1999) and Zwarte sneeuw (Black Snow, 2000). Van der Vlugt is seen as the successor of Thea Beckman, and like this well-known Dutch author, she thoroughly researches her historical novels, gathering all kinds of information, even postcards and posters of paintings as well as, where possible, taking pictures of the specific places in her novels. Her debut novel for adults, The reunion, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into English, French and German.