Mariet van Knippenberg who was born on December 5th 1953 in a little town called Kessel in the south of the Netherlands. "Coming from a very musical family, I found out at early age that I love music and words put to it. At school, languages were among my favourites classes and I speak besides Dutch and Limburgs, the language spoken in my area also German and English and some French. In the time I worked and got married I didn't have much time to do something with words, being busy with raising two wonderful sons Rob, 25 now and Frank, 22. Not till after I discovered the internet, chat rooms and boards I found out that I am kinda addicted to what words can express. After a close friend wrote a poem about my nickname *pebble* and another friend encouraged me to try myself I wrote my first poem...Pillow Talk...which got an award right away and was published. And then I just couldn't stop, there were days when I wrote 5 poems a day. Last year October I started writing lyrics for songs too and so far very successful, I have 8 contracts so far with a music publisher and cant wait to hear them being recorded. My family and friends supported me all the time, my sister and brothers never got tired reading my poems and being positive and the same goes for Lauri.. my ex-husband and best friend. At the moment, I am divorced and I am living with my boys. Poetry helped me through some bad times, like you can read in my poems, a divorce, the death of my father and a painful ended relationship. A dream will come true with this book and I hope that I can write much more."