Olivier Willemsen grew up on an old farm on the outskirts of Haps, a Dutch village right on the border with Germany. After school he would spend his afternoons on the banks of the little stream that ran from his back garden to the horizon, watching over the water creatures like a lifeguard. At the age of eighteen he left for Amsterdam, where he studied history, but he became a full-time writer. His novel Morgen komt Liesbeth (Liesbeth’s Coming Tomorrow), published in late 2014, was nominated one of the two best first novels of the year by the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw. His second novel is due in mid-2016. Olivier Willemsen lives alternately in Amsterdam and on an island near Grou, in Friesland.
In the Southern States Olivier will work on his second novel for which he will specifically look into the role of border patrol during the cold war. Next to that he will start working on his third novel. Moira Crone, author of The Not Yet, will help him in the initial stages of this novel.