Author and illustrator Francine Oomen (b. 1960) studied at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven. She has written more than a hundred children’s books, of which over three million have been sold. Oomen is best known for her How to Survive… series for teenagers, which has won her the Dutch Children’s Jury Prize many times. The series is credited with having got many an adolescent through difficult years. The books have been translated worldwide, and there have been a How to Survive… film, musical, tv series and magazine.