Niña Weijers was born in Nijmegen and studied literary theory in Amsterdam and Dublin. She has published short stories, essays and articles in various literary magazines, such as Das Magazin, De Gids and De Revisor. In 2010 she won the writing competition Write Now!. She is a regular contributor to weekly review De Groene Amsterdammer, and an editor of De Gids. Her debut novel De consequenties (The Consequences) was published in 2014: it won the Anton Wachter Prize 2014 for best first novel, the Opzij Prize, the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize, and was shortlisted for the Libris Prize and the Gouden Boekenuil. De consequenties (The Consequences) will be published in English in 2017.
If you really want to encourage people to read literature, you’re better off adding a certain mystique. Because the secret the writer is faced with, the secret of language and of reality, is shared by the reader.