Noëlla Elpers (b. 1959) learned to ‘travel in her head’ at an early age. Her father came from a family of storytellers, and her mother introduced her to many books. Elpers has meanwhile published a half a dozen well-received juvenile novels of her own. Critics praise her deep emotional empathy for her characters, her convincing characterisation and her true-to-life dialogue. Dolores! is the highpoint of her career so far, winning her the Thea Beckman prize, Boekenleeuw and Kleine Cervantes.