Ilse Akkermans (1972) grew up in the small village of Driel. She finished her study Communication Sciences in 1995. After graduation she traveled to Australia, New-Zealand and Indonesia. From 2001 till 2012 she has worked as a journalist and reporter for Het Financieele Dagblad, De Telegraaf and ANP press agency. She specialized in Economy and Fraud. Now she is a juridical journalist, living in Amsterdam. Destination Soerabaja is her first novel.