My name is Claudia Bouma and I grew up in the Netherlands with my twin brother and older sister. I came to Australia 15 years ago to do youth work with Youth With A Mission in Townsville, QLD, and met my husband Chris. I now live in country Victoria with my husband and four children.
Question 1: What was your first book published?
I had my first children’s book published in August 2013. Part of the Australian Girl series, Amy and the Wilpena Flood, is the second book in this exciting series aimed at girls aged 8-10. It was my dream to combine my love for travelling (I’m a travel writer) with Australian history and decent moral values. From the feedback I’ve received so far it seems I succeeded. I’ve already been asked when I’ll write the next one which is a wonderful encouragement.
Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?
Originally I’m a travel writer so writing a book for children was a challenge. This is one of the things I love about writing; there are always new avenues to discover and explore. Moreover, learning never stops and there’s so much to learn from others in the industry who have been around longer.
Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?
The hardest part about being an author is self-doubt. Confidence is everything when you’re writing a story. To believe in yourself is crucial because if you don’t, the words simply don’t come – at least not for me. And it’s okay to make mistakes; the most important thing is to learn from them.
Question 4: What do you consider your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is starting and finishing my first-ever fiction novel, Free At Last, which will hopefully be published in the not so distant future. It is a very personal book, so it will be quite scary to have it read by others.
Question 5: What book are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading Dee Henderson’s latest fiction book, Unspoken, as she is one of my favourite authors. I love the combination of suspense, romance and Christian content. Last year I started reading Australian Christian fiction and I’ve enjoyed books by Paula Vince, Rose Dee, Amanda Deed and Skye Wieland.