"You write stories, do you?" a friend said. "Why don’t you write it all up and
do something with it?" That "something" has slowly grown into a story in
which the sometimes harsh reality is mixed with a fairy tale. The story is about
Ángel Flores who is tragically in love with CHARLIE DARK.
The foundation was laid for his personal style: succinct and clear prose with a
complex storyline. The atmosphere is imaginative and fairytale-like with a
penchant for the extravagant. But how bizarre and grotesque the stories
sometimes may seem, they always have one foot in reality, like in a magical
realist painting. Deceptively lighthearted and naturally heavy themes are covered
as gender dysphoria, sexual fluidity, sexual harassment, suicide, perpetratorship
Maan: not exactly the typical teenage love story
After he wrote Charlie Dark he began on his second novel MAAN (Moon).
This would ultimately be his debut as a published novelist. The theme
is self-determination and individual freedom, wrapped in a story about an
impossible love. As a main character he chose the trans woman Maan who
wants to make her own choices on all aspects of life. If Maan is still a boy he
lives with his eccentric mother, Saskia, the widow of the wealthy merchant
Lambert Humalda, in a big house on the edge of the Frisian Dantumadiel.
Rick is in love with the beautiful Maan, but becomes confused when he tells
him that he is really a girl.
Reünie: a tragicomedy about revenge
He decided to keep his firstling, Charlie Dark, in the drawer and began a new novel, a tragicomedy about revenge: REÜNIE (Reunion).
Dorian Pots arrives on a sunny May day in Diepenheim, the city of his youth. He intends to start a new life with his old puppy love Jasper van Vliet. But then he sees Titus Balkenhol on the terrace of cafe Boonk, wearing a blue polka dot dress. This willy-nilly old school chum, the clown of the class, tells him: "See you tonight at the reunion of our old school class." A reunion? Why does Dorian knows nothing about it? His former classmates have more surprises in store.
Alex Stanovsky: never ending train journey
He is now working on ideas for a next novel. This will be about a young man who takes the train to a job interview. It appears that the office where he will have that interview is in the train. In fact, the train turns out to be a world in itself, where he may never come out.
MAAN and REÜNIE are published by IJZER (2015, 2017).