Yesterday, a couple of my friends wished they could read Dutch so they could read the article about me in the newspaper.
So, I will try my best to translate it for you.
Lots of love
Escape in a fantasy book
Patty van Delft dreams her debut after a string of tragedies
Her brother is murdered on the streets en she witnessed someone jumping in front of a train when she was a kid. Patty van Delft likes to escape in a fantasy world and dreams her debut book.
The fantasy book Drägan Duma – She who listens, by Patty van Delft features a 16-year-old girl Jill.
Jill lost her mother in a car crash and never knew her father. She escapes child support and lives in a house with three other teenagers. Until one night, she ends up in another world called Drägan Duma, a world where people have bonds with dragons. A big adventure starts when Jill discovers that her father was a dragon knight and that she has magical powers.
This book is written for children from 14 years and older, but adult will also enjoy the magic.
‘Friends say that Jill looks a lot like me,’ Patty says. ‘She has also problems connecting to others because she lost so many people.’
Patty lost her little niece and best friend through illness. But the biggest blow was the loss of her older brother who was shot to death in the city she lives in.
‘He was my hero. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I was broken and devastated. I have dedicated this book to him.’
Patty still fights PTSD because she lost so many people, witnessed someone jumping in front of a train as a child and was bullied and abused in high school.
‘At night, when I try to sleep, the memories haunt me. That’s why I create a fantasy world in my head. When I fall to sleep, this fantasy world lives on in my dreams. This way I dreamed most of the story for my book.’
Patty loves Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter en goes to fantasy fairs. As a writer, she wants to create a story that will give people a world to dive into when times are rough. Her husband Danny encouraged her to start writing her book.
Together with her fantasy novel, Patty also self-published her poetry book My Wings.
‘I had to stop teaching because I have Crohns and HMS. But I can always write, no matter how sick I am. The second story of this trilogy is already done.’
Patty van Delft has a book signing in the Bogaard tomorrow.