My name is Maria Staal and I am an Indie author. I love architecture and everything to do with space exploration. I also have a soft spot for the surreal and slightly absurd.

I was born in the Netherlands, but spent seven years of my life abroad, four of which in the English city of York. Inspired by the beautiful architecture and fascinating history of York, I wrote my first non-fiction books, while living in that city.
Apart from those two books about York, I also wrote two travelogues about my experiences at sea, when I worked on two container ships.

I am now back in the Netherlands, where I work hard as an author-entrepreneur. I now don’t only write non-fiction, but also fiction in the shape of a cosy mystery series, written under my penname Annie Appleton.

Having never forayed into fictional writing before, I needed the help of my friend Eva Kattz to be able to produce readable prose. Eva is a developmental editor and together we pioneered a new fiction writing technique that we called Fiction Builder.
Until our book with the same name comes out we will blog about it so that other writers can already get a glimpse of what it’s like to use Fiction Builder when plotting and writing fiction.


A little bit more about me

  • My favourite book: Dog Rock by David Foster, a fantastic surreal murder mystery (or is it?)
  • My favourite TV-show: Corner Gas, these guys just love to play with words
  • My favourite film: Back to the Future trilogy
  • My favourite space craft: The ESA comet hunter Rosetta and its lander Philae, closely followed by the international space spation

You can find more information about my Jacob Hicks Murder Mysteries on Annie Appelton’s website.
And I also have a Dutch blog about how to be an indie author in the Netherlands. www.mariastaal.nl

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