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Author & Hopeless Romantic

Catharina Maura

I write deliciously angsty romance novels that’ll give you all the feels. I’m Dutch born and raised, with Caribbean roots. I’m currently based in Hong Kong with my husband, but we’ve lived in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Singapore prior to that.

I’ve been writing since I was ten years old, and always told everyone I’d be an author someday. Unfortunately, as is the case for many of us, life got in the away as I got older. I ended up becoming an accountant and entrepreneur, but never stopped writing. For years I didn’t even consider publishing, because writing had become something I did just for myself. Thankfully, my husband didn’t agree with that mindset. He challenged me to publish just one book, and I took him up on it. I haven’t looked back since.

It still surprises me every single time when one of my readers reaches out to let me know they loved my books, and every single time it makes my day. I’m always happy to hear from you so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either through email or social media. I’m most active in my Facebook Reader Group and on Instagram, but I’m also on many other platforms! The easiest way to stay in touch with me is to join my mailing list ❤️ This is where I announce new releases and offer beta reading and ARC opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you from and what is your ethnicity?

It’s a little complicated. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, so my nationality is Dutch.

My parents were immigrants from Suriname, a former Dutch colony. It’s a super small country that borders Brazil and Guyana, and at present, it’s where my mother lives. Once the country gained independence, my grandparents were offered citizenship, so I was born in The Netherlands.

That makes my ethnicity a little complicated. To be very specific, I’m Indo-Surinamese. In the 1800s my family moved to Suriname from India under the guise of indentured labour. Wikipedia described it best, as follows:

The first ship transporting Indian indentured labourers, the Lalla Rookh, arrived in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city. Newly freed slaves in Suriname who witnessed Indian workers disembarking at the harbour, reportedly stated, “Jobo tanbasi“, meaning “The white man is still the boss”, suggesting that they viewed the development as a continuation of the slave trade. Initially, the transport and living conditions of Indian labourers in Suriname was worse than it had been prior to the abolition of the Dutch slave trade. The British Viceroy of India described it as “a new system of slavery”.

So you understand then, why my grandparents took up the offer to gain citizenship of The Netherlands once Suriname at last gained independence. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had many of the opportunities I have today.

It makes my ethnicity, and that of my people, a bit complicated. Over the last 100+ years most of us have become a blend of Afro-Surinamese, Indo-Surinamese, and Javanese.

How come you live in Hong Kong?

That’s purely for Mr. Maura’s work, to be honest. We were located from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to Singapore, and then to Hong Kong. I truly enjoy living in Asia and would happily live here for the rest of my life.

How do I join your Inner Circle?

You can join my Inner Circle Facebook Group by requesting to join! That easy! This is where I interact with readers most. It’s where you can ask me questions and discuss my books with other readers. I also occasionally do giveaways and post teasers for upcoming works.

If you want to be the first to hear about beta reading and ARC opportunities, you’ll need to be signed up to my mailing list. My mailing list generally gets huge giveaways around launch week, and a monthly list of freebies to download too!

My Street Team, which is a group of people that help me promote my books, is by invitation only.

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