Kristien Dieltiens (b. 1954) is at her best when writing historical novels. Just like Cellar Child, Papinette, Olrac and Candide are interwoven with historical facts and customs. Her debut De Gouden Bal (The Golden Ball, 1997) centres on the death of a child. Since then, she has published forty-nine books, seven of which have been translated into a total of nine languages. Typical of her writing are lively portrayals of the past and psychologically complex characters, of which Manfred Ostheim from Cellar Child is a most intriguing example.