Erna Sassen (b. 1961) is a well-known Dutch actress, cabaret artiste and author. She made her debut in 2004 with the children’s book De gemeenste opa van Europa and went on to write a number of other books for younger children. In 2009, her first book for young adults was published: Dit is geen dagboek, in which a boy writes about his mother’s suicide. Kom niet dichterbij (2014), like the featured title, is about a relationship between a student and a drama teacher and was also partly inspired by the author’s own experiences. Er is geen vorm waarin ik pas was unanimously praised in the Dutch press.