I was born in Holland but grew up in the USA, the UK and Indonesia.
After graduating from Oxford with First Class Honours in English literature, I went into global advertising. I learned the trade at Saatchi & Saatchi in London, working on a range of creative, strategically-demanding clients and working my way up from Graduate Trainee to Director. I was headhunted to successive assignments in Milan, Italy, and in Düsseldorf and Hamburg in Germany.
I then founded and ran an international communications agency in Amsterdam employing 45 people. Our main clients were Canon, Skoda and Yakult.
I then worked independently in Germany. My consultancy, oomkenscom, specialised in English language content and strategy, ranging from social media, copy and articles to translations and concepts.
I currently work for the International Baccalaureate, a non-profit global organization with a mission to develop a better world through education.
My first thriller, Honour, was published in 2012 by Mad Bear Books. It made the Amazon bestseller lists in the UK and Germany. This is the blurb:
“Intelligent, shocking, darkly funny, Honour is an edgy, modern thriller about love and terror – men who kill for honour, and the girls who “drive them to it.” Warm, compassionate, satirical and sharp, this page-turner will appeal to lovers of intelligent thrillers and the films of Tarantino and the Coen brothers…”
You can buy Honour at:
I would love to hear what you think of it.
My next thriller, The Trashman, will be published later this year.
I have also contributed to a book of short stories, Words to Music, also available at Amazon via my writer’s pages:
My translation of Wellen (Waves) a pioneering Impressionistic masterpiece by Eduard von Keyserling (a distant kinsman), will be the first ever in English. It is being published in installments by Mad Bear Books.