Short biography

Photograph of Corinne Duyvis, a twenty-something white woman with a short pink haircut and glasses.

Long biography

While I’ve dabbled in short stories, my focus is on science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults. I love a wide variety of styles and genres—from high-concept SF to magical realism, from light-hearted fantasy to deliciously messed-up darkness.

I still create the occasional piece of art, which you can see in my portfolio. I have an affinity for black-and-white portraits—especially when done in charcoal—as I feel it leaves me free to delve deep into the balance between dark and light in a drawing. I’m meticulously attentive to detail and love playing around with contrasts and composition. In 2009, I appeared on Dutch national television with my art in a show called Sterren op het Doek.

These days, however, my life tends to revolve around Microsoft Word and my computer keyboard; on the rare occasions I draw, it’s usually in the form of cartoonesque portraits of the characters from my novels. I miss portrait art dearly, and one of my life’s missions is eventually finding a balance between my writing and my art.

As for the rest: I have a harmless Internet obsession, and my hobbies slant toward the geeky. Think superheroes, comic books, video games, way too much TV,  and online fandom. This is balanced out by a couple of years of krav maga training. Disability in Kidlit

I am a co-founder and editor of Disability in Kidlit, a website that focuses on the portrayal of disability in children’s literature. We feature articles, book reviews, and discussions–critical, thoughtful, and exclusively written by people who identify as disabled themselves.

I’m also the originator of the hashtag #ownvoices. This term has become frequently used in discussions around diversity and representation in literature and other media.

I was born and raised in Amsterdam, where I still live alongside my endearingly wimpy cat.

You can find much more info about me and my books in articles and interviews I’ve done for various websites over the years. Select a category to take a look.