Becoming an architect was her childhood dream, but all her sketches and drawings invariably ended in stories and after wandering from job to job Mina decided that it was time to answer her calling: she started writing fiction.
She wrote and revised, revised and wrote. She chucked entire manuscripts in the trash, she despaired but persevered at what felt was the only job in the world that would make her happy. The perseverance paid off. Mina’s debut De wraak van Deedee (Deedee’s Revenge) came out in 2005 with Van Goor Children’s Books, followed by De Zonnegod (The Sun Spirit) and De Zielensluiper (The Soul Snatcher).
Now, Mina writes for every age group and – true to her motto no guts, no glory – every story is a spine-chilling adventure, for the writer and for the reader. Her writing is said to be intense, pulling readers dead into the stories. Her trade secret? Experiencing what her characters experience: if the protagonist crashes down a waterfall in his kayak, you can be sure that she crashed down a waterfall too. If her hero roams icy cold mountains or scorching deserts, she wandered the same icy cold mountains and scorching deserts.
To hone her storytelling and writing craft, Mina attended the 4-year course Writing for Children at Script Plus (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences). She attended the course Book Editing at the University of Amsterdam. Mina is an accredited teacher Creative Writing (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).
Dividing her time between Amsterdam and all the good writing spots in the world, she writes in Dutch and English, moonlights as an editor, a translator and a ghostwriter. She teaches creative writing to kids and adults and she coaches budding writers.
Mina was the Regional Advisor for the Netherlands of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Vereniging van Letterkundigen (Dutch Authors Guild). She is member of the EU Planning Committee of the Undiscovered Voices Anthology of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators British Isles.