Renate Dorrestein (b. 1954) debuted in 1983 with Buitenstaanders (Outsiders) and has meanwhile published almost twenty novels, among which Vóór alles een dame (Above All A Lady, 1989), Ontaarde moeders (Unnatural Mothers, 1992), Verborgen gebreken (Fatal Flaws, 1996), which earned her the Flemish Golden Owl Award and a nomination for the Libris Literature Prize, Zonder genade (No Mercy, 2001), Zolang er leven is (As Long As There Is Life, 2004) and Echt sexy (Really Sexy, 2007). In 1993, she was awarded the Annie Romein Prize for her collected works. She is praised for her power of imagination, her sharp psychological eye and her ability to forge suspenseful plots. Her work has been translated into more than ten languages.