Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New Mastermind: Raymond van de Klundert a.k.a. Kluun, writer

Raymond van de Klundert, better known by his nickname 'Kluun', author of 'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter' (2003). The novel is the best selling Dutch début novel in years with over 300,000 copies sold so far. He sold the rights for the movie that is expected to have its premiere in 2007.

In a previous life he worked in marketing. For 15 years he worked for companies like Gouden Gids, Neckermann, Time Warner and advertising agency DDB. Subsequently, he started his own marketing agency, Project X.

In 2001 he lost his wife to cancer, aged 36. Kluun handed himself over to the nightlife of Amsterdam and Ibiza till he started questioning the healing capabilities of this lifetyle. He sold his shares of Project X and headed to Australia with his daughter Eva (at that time aged 3 years). There he started writing, in the evening, sitting in front of his camper where his daugther was sleeping.

After one and a half year of writing, publisher Podium offered him a contract for his debut novel Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Dokter, that is published October 2003. Since then, the book has been translated into German and will be published in England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Israel and Czech Republic.

De Weduwnaar, the follow-up of Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Dokter is out now and again breaking records.

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