Writer. Freelance journalist. Doesn’t like bucket lists.
Kathleen Vereecken writes fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults and adults. Since her debut in 1993, she has written primarily historical young adult fiction that takes place primarily in the US (Lara en Rebecca, 2006) and France (Ik denk dat het liefde was [I Think It Was Love], 2009 and Zijdeman [Silk Man], 2013). She won the Boekenleeuw (Book Lion) in 2010 and the Kleine Cervantes (Little Cervantes) in 2011 for I Think It Was Love. In her books, Vereecken combines historical information and strongly developed characters. Her stories are always carefully structured and written in a visual, sensory language. Together with illustrator Eva Mouton, she created Ik heet Jan en ik ben niets bijzonders (My Name is John, and I’m Just an Ordinary Boy, 2014), an illustrated story about a boy who does his best to stand out. Vereecken’s first novel for adults, Haar (Her), was published in 2016. The book met with an enthusiastic reception in the Dutch press.