Gideon Samson (b. 1985) dreamed of being a professional footballer but instead became a writer, like his mother. And what a writer he is. His debut Niets zeggen! (Don’t Say Anything!, 2008) about bullying was an award winner and he became the youngest-ever winner of a Zilveren Griffel for Ziek (Sick, 2009). This was followed by the sensational Zwarte Zwaan (Black Swan, 2012). He was even able to put his footballing career to good use in De Scheids (The Ref, 2014), writing a book for adults, under the pseudo- nym of Menno Fernandes, about his experiences as a referee in amateur football.