I am a story teller. Let me whisk you away to an enchanting universe, populated with characters who are both human and bird. Meet talking cats, lightning catchers, superstitious northerners and voluptuous witches. But be wary, for you can get lost in my stories. They might be true, they might even be about you. They tell a tale of heroism and love, of fear, doubt and confusion. Of found and lost loves. I am Carine J.A. Maes and write for anyone who wants to believe in magic. My first book from the series ‘Stories of the Lacuna’ appeared at Celtica Publishing in early July 2018. ‘Raven’ is a mixture of fable, absurd fairy tale and fantasy. It contains esoteric elements, references to self-hypnosis, herbs and meditation. It is a book filled with adventure that reads smoothly. It opens up its world to you. It’s waiting for you.
Nimisa Publishing House is a cooperative of enterprising authors who combined forces and their creativity to let the public enjoy their fantastic stories. Authors such as Mark van Dijk who is making a modern translation of the Christmas books of Dickens. Rik Raven with a new book titled ‘De overlevers’. Atalanta Nèhmoura will present ‘Het teken van Drie’, the sixth part of the epic fantasy series “De kronieken van Ulriach de Waanzinnige”. Marieke Frankema will explain her new concept Marlistories, a platform of stories and all kinds of goodies. Joost Uitdehaag, winner of the third price in the prestigious Harland short story contest 2017, will present his Fulia epic duology. And our new member of the club will be there: Wouter van Gorp, teacher of classic languages. He also wrote The Wanderers, Spinner’s soldier in 2015 and has won several prices including the second price of the Harland short story contest 2017.
Cathinca van Sprundel (1989) fell in love with writing from the moment she could hold a pencil. In 2017 she debuted with her first novel ‘De Vrouwe van Myrdin’ and this novel has captivated many dutch readers. She gets her inspiration from myths, legends and fairytales. Meet her at the writersmarket and discover the magic. Do you want to write your own retelling of a myth and fairytale? Visit her workshop on friday.
Bianca Mastenbroek has already written 27 books for children, youth and adults. In her magical books she takes the reader to unknown worlds, where outstanding characters undergo exciting adventures. Be seduced by the magic in Bottenduider, Zonnestorm, or De Gehoornden.
Or go back in time, with Bianca’s historical novels. Vuurproef is a gripping story about the witch trials in the 16th century. Vrij! (nominated for the Thea Beckman Prize) revolves around the genesis of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in the acclaimed Walvisvaarders you go on a chilling journey.
Bianca combines fantasy with history in her novel Duivelmaeker inspired by the medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch.
Her latest novel, Hendrick, de Hollandsche indiaan, is her magnum opus. It is translated into English and waits fora an American publisher.
She also brings along her children’s books, so there is something for everyone!
Dit jaar is Godijn Publishing Fantasy met een eigen tafel in de schrijverstent op Castlefest te vinden! Godijn Publishing Fantasy is een snel groeiende uitgeverij die in de laatste jaren heel wat nieuwe nederlandstalige fantasy, SciFi en middeleeuwse romans op de markt heeft gebracht. Onze schrijvers komen graag op festivals om hun boeken te verkopen en hun lezers te ontmoeten. Bij Godijn Publishing Fantasy vind je Nederlandstalige Fantasy in alle subgenres! Van Young-adult tot Urban-fantasy, High-fantasy en SciFi! Ontmoet schrijvers Nienke Pool, Oli Veyn, Garvin Pouw, Marguerita le Roy , Esmeralda van Belle en Marc Lommert en laat populaire boeken zoals ‘Falco en de verloren stympha’s’, ‘De Orde van de Poortwachters’, ‘Schaduwkoningin,’ ‘Midland,’ en ‘De Eerste Wereld’ ter plaatse voor je signeren!
As long as she can read, Cynthia Fridsma has been writing for a a hobby. Authors like Philip K. Dick, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe have been her inspiration. Cynthia writes both in English and in Dutch. She has published various titles in English already.
In 2014 fate struck. Due to a handicap on her right hand she could no longer practice her job as a programmer. However, this did not throw her back and she took up writing again.
In June 2017 Celtica Publishing released Cynthia’s horrorthriller The Chosen One. It is the first story in a series of books that can be read apart from each other and in which vampyre Sybil Crewes and her secret organisation Nightbird play a major part.
There is one manuscript ready to be published and Cynthia is already working on a new book.
Patty van Delft is the author of the Dutch Drägan Duma trilogy from which the first book is awarded with the third place in the Hebban Fantasy awards.
The books are published by Celtica Publishing and tell the story of Jill. She is a young girl that, after her troubled youth, ends up on the parallel planet Drägan Duma where humans have formed a bond with dragons. A compelling story filled with emotions!
This year Drägan Duma – Een Onbreekbare Band will be published, a standalone story which takes place 330 years before the trilogy and describes the first bond between human and dragon. It’s a story about touch choices, fear for the unknown, friendship and a desperate struggle to survive.
Patty has also published two English dark poetry collections: My Wings and My Whisperings. These dark collections with rays of light tell about emotions that often stay hidden inside.
Jeffrey Debris (de Blieck, 1981) was born in Amsterdam, but raised in Uithoorn, where he still lives. He grew up with cartoons, computers and video games. When he was young he always wanted to become a comic artist. Movies like Star Wars, Blade Runner and other scifi movies- and series inspired him to learn more about the universe.
Somewhere in 2014 he began writing his scifi trilogy. Here he combined everything from science fiction and fantasy that he liked into one coherent universe. Woven into the story are moral dilemmas and social criticism. He also likes to believe that there’s no such thing as pure evil or good, but that all of these things are different sides of the same coin. In 2015 his debut “The Fall of Netherea” was released, followed by “The Zar’aranos Deception” in 2016. He’s currently working on finishing his scifi trilogy.
Evi F. Verhasselt (1977) lives in Antwerp and has had a passion for the written word since the day she could read, especially for the Fantasy genre. Once the internet was invented, she shared her short stories on various digital platforms with the world and in 2006 her story Mij rest slechts de stilte was included in the bundle Een Gebloemde Lezing. In the same year she published a novel De Gevangene van het Licht and in 2007 she was 22nd on the Harland Awards with Bloedmoeder. Meanwhile Evi wrote stories that became longer and longer, and in 2013 she made her debut with De Tranen van Tataneh. The book was ninth at the Hebban Fantasy Awards in 2014. Two years later De Saffieren Troon, was published, the first part of her fantasy epos De Laatste Erfgenaam. Currently she is finishing the follow-up, which will be titled De Smaragden Troon.
Esther Wagenaar (born in Den Helder) grew up in a creative family. Her father collected science fiction books so she came in contact with the genre early on. She fell ill and had to stay home in her early twenties. Her way to escape from the harsh reality was to invent stories. This led to the story of Terra 7, which was written down on 1022 A4 pages in nine months.
Fortunately, her health improved. She moved to Hoorn and there followed a period in which relationships, study, work and singing played a major role. Terra7 got back in her life when she becameill again. She still found the story relevant and began to rewrite it. After a text review, Celtica Publishing wanted to publish it, and so, 25 years after writing the manuscript, Terra 7 part 1 The green crystal is a book found in stores and libraries in the Netherlands.
Rianne Lampers preferably writes in the fantastic genre, but she also writes more realistic and romantic stories. She is the author of the horror series Chronicles of the New Age (Evil Pact en Prelude to Armageddon), of The King’s Best Friend and anthology Tales of the Bizarre.
In 2011 Rianne switched from writing to mainly publishing. She started Celtica Publishing and has since then published 4 books under her own name, 3 under pseudonym and another 35 titles by 16 different authors. And there are more to come! Celtica Publishing’s vision is: catching dreams, record them and share them with the rest of the world. Nothing is impossible!
Celtica Publishing mainly aims at the fantastic genre, with books for both adults and voor young adults.
Rianne is working on part 3 The New Age Chronicles, but at the moment publishing takes up most of her time.
Floortje Zwigtman (1974) published her debut novel Spelregels in 2001 and the sensational Wolfsroedel a year later. She used her passion for 19th century London in the trilogy Een groene bloem, for which she did a few years of research. Zwigtman received many prized for her books, including the Gouden Uil and the Gouden Zoen. Her long awaited book Vlam appeared in 2014, the first part of a trilogy about young adults growing up during a dictatorship.
‘There is no other Dutch author who writes so honestly and transparently for the young as Floortje Zwigtman. (…) She tells the whole story. It leads to truly piercing young adult literature.’
Trouw about Een groene bloem trilogy
Floortje Zwigtman will be present on Friday
Jeroen van Unen (1990) has been reading fantasy ever since he was a little kid. When he found out Christopher Paolini was only 15 years old when he wrote Eragon, Jeroen decided to start writing as well. Since then he has been working on his fourfold series De Nachtuilen. Jeroen mainly writes at night and only stops when he can hear the birds outside starting to sing.