Lydia Rood (b. 1957) studied journalism and Spanish and began her career as a journalist and editor at de Volkskrant. She wrote her first children’s book while she was studying, but did not devote herself entirely to writing until 1991. She is best known as an author for young adults, but she writes for all age groups. In the 1990s, she caused something of a stir with a series of erotic stories in which the leading roles were played by women. Rood lives in a picturesque wooden fisherman’s cottage with her husband, Mohammed Sahli, and her daughter, Roosmarijn. Characters under pressure who stand up for themselves are a theme that runs through her work.