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Who am I?

Marleen Ouwerkerk. Nice to meet you!
I created Emma Summer as my pseudonym, since my real name is a little bit harder to pronounce in English.

I was born in spring 1985 and I have developed my self from a cute little baby to a cheerful (sometimes a little goofy) and above all a very creative person with a good sense of humor. I live with my boyfriend, our two sons and our brown Labrador, called Dex, in a nice town in the Netherlands. I like spending my free time on photographing, sewing, crochet, singing (when I’m in the shower) and watching movies. But most of all I like to write.

Why write a book?

For as long as I can remember, I’m always being creative and doing lots of different creative things. It hasn’t been that long ago that I discovered that over the years I had one hobby that I continued to practice: writing. Stories, list, books, the alphabet, songs, shopping carts, you name it. I just love to write.

To make a long story short: after a fierce, prolonged burnout, I realised that there are certain things in my life that I do not want anymore and certain things that I do want. The things that I would like to have been doing all along, were pushed away by the old me, with a note to myself like: I won’t make it, nevertheless. I can not do that. Or people won’t like it… I left that in the past and now I’m doing things that feel good and not what other people think I should do. On my computer, I searched for the file of a book that I had started years ago and continued writing. My first book – a thriller – is finished and I’m I’m determined to publish it, one way or another! In the meantime, I’m writing on other projects, witch you can find on this site.

I hope to inspire people to just go on and do what you always wanted to do. You only have one life, so why not make it an awesome one?

“Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along” – Rea Smith.