Media Kit Poisoned Arrow


Book Blurb

“How can you call what I have—what I did—a gift?”
“There’s a reason for your power. You’ll never fully control your magic until you embrace it.”
Cold fear gripped her stomach.
“I know you’re scared. But I trust you.”

Raised in solitude to protect her from the world—or is it the other way around?—Iris is fated to save Fleuris from a power-hungry priest. A spirit from the afterworld sends a legendary magician who teaches Iris to master the devastating power lining her veins.

Backed by her best friend Auran, Iris struggles to accept her destiny. But when their hiding place is pierced with poisonous arrows shot from the past, she must choose whether to listen to her heart or turn her curse into a gift. Will she find the strength within?

Long Bio

Iris van Ooyen is a creative entrepreneur living in the south of The Netherlands. She turned her own curse into a gift when she learned to embrace her sensitivity.

A ferocious reader, 10-year-old Iris was already exploring the adult section in the library—having read everything in the children’s section more than once. Even at age three, she ‘read’ out loud to her little brother—recounting her favorite stories word for word.

Iris always has more ideas than she has time. One came knocking four years ago—after avoiding her heroine’s story for over a year, she finally gave in and put pen to paper. Over three years, she thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Iris, Auran, Jacob, Merlow and the other characters in this book. It was an equal joy to learn more about the craft of writing.

When Iris isn’t working on her novel, she helps her clients tap into their SWEET POWER™. An​ ​MBA​ ​with​ ​a​ ​background in​ ​corporate​ ​marketing,​ ​Iris combines​ ​her​ ​extensive​ ​business​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​her​ ​renowned razor-sharp,​ ​intuitive​ ​insights​ ​to​  support ​sensitive souls struggling​ ​in​ ​their​ ​career,​ ​business,​ ​or​ ​high​-performance​ ​lives.​

Iris has a closet with too many dresses and doesn’t go anywhere without organic dark chocolate and a bottle of filtered water. Nothing makes her smile as much as the huge fragrant roses from her garden. Except perhaps books.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the main character named Iris?

When I wrote the first paragraph the character's name came out as Iris. I paused, thinking of another name, but none seemed to fit. I decided to let it rest, knowing I could easily replace her name with a single search/replace.

As the book progressed and I learned more about the character it became clear to me that Iris was the only name suitable for her. Given the importance of her eyes and her connection to flowers and plants it was the perfect fit. So I decided to honor that, and not worry about what people might think 😉

Why did you write the book in English?

That's how the book came out. The first inspiration and chapter was in English. I am used to writing in English for my Ezine and I have worked with international clients for years. It probably helped that I studied in the US for my MBA. So for me it was not such a big surprise.

Is this book part autobiographical?

No and yes. The story stands on its own. But I think you cannot write a book without having certain character traits and ideas slip in. Of course there are parts of what the heroine goes through that reflect some of my own journey. Nothing to that extreme fortunately, but learning to embrace my sensitivity has posed its own challenges.

Author photo by Heidi Hapanowicz

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