Nieuws - 17 november 2011

‘I can let the truth win the day in my book'

Who? Marelle Boersma, Toxicology researcher and author.
Why? Her sixth thriller, called False Alarm. Crime reporter John van den Heuvel will receive the first copy on 18 November.
Where? Baantjer museum in Amsterdam.

What is the book about?
‘About the lack of controls in the juvenile care system, which leads to a girl wrongly being taken away from her mother. I got the idea from an MP and I found it a heartrending story.'

Your earlier books had a strong science component. Is that the case here?
‘No, I've abandoned the science. Some readers found the bits about the lab too difficult. I might go back to it in the future because I come across a lot of good stories in toxicology.'

Can you still combine your writing with your lab work?
‘Definitely. In science you have to gather data and produce proofs. In my books I can let my own truth win the day. That is an ideal combination.'

Pleased with your book?
‘Yes. Someone who experienced this situation first hand had to put my book down every now and then as she felt I'd portrayed the emotions so well. A touching compliment.' NM