Erna Sassen (b. 1961) was an actor by profession, but she left the stage behind in 2005. Since then, she has written for children and young adults. She received a lot of praise for Dit is geen dagboek (This Is Not a Diary, 2010), the tragicomic account of a grieving teenager whose mother has committed suicide. This was followed by the YA novels Kom niet dichterbij (Don’t Come Any Closer, 2014) and the stylistically outstanding Er is geen vorm waarin ik pas (Don’t Tell Me What I Am, 2016). Sassen has been commended for her sense of humour, her honest tone and the clever psychological portrayal of her characters.