Martin StellingaMartin Stellinga is an aspiring author from the Netherlands, who primarily writes science fiction and fantasy stories.

He was born in the Dutch city of Leiden and was raised on a house boat. Although he is not a native English speaker, through cartoons and computer games he taught himself English at age seven. He began reading fantasy and science fiction in his teens and hasn’t stopped since. When he started writing, this naturally led him to write in English, rather than his native Dutch tongue.

Martin obtained a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delft in the early noughties. Since then, he’s worked as a (lead) software developer.

Around the same time, he joined the Dutch Guild of Fiction Writers. He wrote several short stories, one of which won the yearly DGFW writing contest. He also met his future wife, Kitty, there.

During the mid-noughties, unhindered by his lack of drawing talent, he wrote and drew a web comic, which ran for more than 500 pages. He wrote several short stories, some poetry, and was even inspired by Stars Wars Episode 3 to some satire.

The past few years he has evolved to writing novels and short stories. In 2015, he received a Silver Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest for his story ‘Hostages’.

Currently, Martin lives with his wife Kitty, his daughter Cathelyne, their three cats, and a truck load of books. He continues to write, often from beneath a pile of fur or diapers.