Maria heeft zeven boeken geschreven, zes in het Engels en één in het Nederlands.
FICTION BUILDER! Outlining and Plotting your Novel in Three Constructive Steps
Engelstalig, publicatie datum 15 maart 2018
Are you always getting stuck in the middle when writing a story? Are those endless rewrites giving you a headache? Or are you struggling to put all your different story ideas together? In Fiction Builder! Eva Kattz and Maria Staal show you a way out of the most common writer traps and put the fun back into writing.
Now a developmental editor and a cosy mystery writer respectively, Eva and Maria developed a new writing technique that can help you gain control over your own writing. Through three easy, practical steps, plotting and outlining will become creative and inspirational again.
In this book, you will learn how to:
- Use story structure to your best advantage
- Keep an overview of all your plot ideas
- Plot your story in three practical steps
Outlining is not a secret rite of passage that you need go through to become a ‘real’ writer. Outlining is a craft that you can learn to help you produce the best stories you have ever written. If you’re ready to unleash your inner plot-machine, this book is for you.
DON’T FEED THE RAT! Jacob Hicks Murder Mysteries Book 1
When Jacob Hicks, resident weird professor with a phobia for women, is the suspect in a murder case, he reluctantly sets out to prove his own innocence.
He tolerates the help of Emily, the niece of his best pal Dave and on probation for having bitten a policeman.
Together they delve into the gossip and lies surrounding the members of the local allotment society, where gardening implements can turn out to be deadly weapons.
Meanwhile, Paddy the Rat and his friends are plagued by obnoxious teenage rat Cecil, who with his posse is disturbing the peace and quiet of the allotments. This wouldn’t be half as bad if Cecil hadn’t focussed on teasing Mad Maggie, Paddy’s childhood bogeyman. She has recently come alive and is now making Paddy’s life a living hell.
While Inspector McDermott tries to prove Jacob’s guilt, Jacob and Emily deal with scantily clad women, a development project that turns into blackmail and a maniacal old neighbour, who is convinced the rats are out to get her.
Will Milbury Hill ever be the same after this?
Geschreven onder Maria’s pseudoniem Annie Appleton
TUSSEN CONTAINERS EN TIJDZONES Op een vrachtschip de wereld rond
Piraten die het schip aanvallen en mogelijke botsingen met olietankers, zijn maar twee van de gevaren waar de bemanning van hedendaagse containerschepen aan bloot worden gesteld. Tussen containers en tijdzones verteld hoe het leven op volle zee er aan toe gaat.
In dit onderhoudende reisverhaal, verteld de schrijver over haar avonturen op het containerschip ‘MV Serenity River’. Een ongewone reis in een wereld die normaal gesproken verscholen blijft en waar het wonen en werken moeilijk kan zijn vanwege het constante verschuiven van de tijd. Ondanks dat worden bemanningsleden vrienden voor het leven en spelen, tot vermaak van iedereen aan boord, de dolfijnen rond het schip.
Maar wat gebeurd er als er midden op de Atlantische Oceaan plotseling een orkaan opsteekt die het schip hevig heen en weer doet slingeren?
TIME ZONES, CONTAINERS AND THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY
Tussen containers en tijdzones is ook verkrijgbaar in het Engels onder de titel Time zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day.
MORE STORIES OF TIME ZONES AND CONTAINERS
A collection of 16 previously untold short stories More Stories is a fitting sequel to Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day. The authors recalls further adventures on board the Serenity River, FTK Kowloon and Galactic Star, as these large container ships travel around the world.
So how quickly does one become seasick in a lifeboat?
FROM DISSENTERS TO FIRE ENGINES The Story of Nonconformist Architecture in York City Centre
York has many churches. Most of them are very visible in the streetscape and we walk past them every day. The old medieval churches are well known and quite a few of them are open to the visitor. But there is a whole series of churches and chapels in York that are not so well known.
These chapels were built over the last 200 years, at a time when being a member of a church didn’t automatically meant the Church of England. These Dissenters used new, modern, building styles to erect their chapels, which made them blend into the streetscape, making them almost invisible. Over the years many of these chapels have stopped being places of worship and now have a secular use, or were demolished.
From Dissenters to Fire Engines brings these chapels back to life. Looking, not only, at the history of each chapel in turn, but also at the story of Nonconformism in York. It reveals the surprising, and sometimes moving, stories of each of the chapels that for many people were, and still are, places of worship that they cherished.
ROMANS, VIKINGS, CHURCHES AND CHOCOLATE The history of York in a Nutshell
You might think that two thousand years of history would have changed the City of York a lot, but if you look closely you’ll notice that it hasn’t changed at all. With a little bit of help it is still possible to see the Roman streets, imagine yourself in Medieval times, roam through a Viking settlement and maybe smell the gunpowder from the great siege.
Anyone who tries to look at the city with different eyes can discover these things. It doesn’t matter if you have lived in York all your life or if you’re visiting just for a few days, exploring this city is great fun and very enlightening.
Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate shows you with pictures of the modern streets and buildings, the history of this fascinating city. Maps reveal how the street pattern was built up over the centuries. And in an easy way it guides you through 2000 years of settlement, wars, entertainment and industrial revolution.
This is not a book with guided walks, but a book with which you can choose how to discover your favourite historic period in your own time.