Marieke Lexmond reads tarot cards, loves food, photography, and travel. She has three sassy little dogs that she likes to take everywhere and have their own Instagram account @urbandogsquad. Her background in filmmaking enabled her to travel and live around the globe. Storytelling is in her blood, from saving her allowance from a very young age to buy books to her master's degree from the Dutch Film Academy. Fantasy and science fiction are her favorite. She prefers to write fun and mystical stories. Her attraction to nature and places with a magical history brought her to New Orleans and the West Coast of Ireland. As a pagan, she felt an instant connection to the land; it feeds her imagination and has become the inspiration for the Madigan Chronicles.
Nicole Ruijgrok has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. Her inquisitive mind likes to explore any kind of creative outlet. After her communication and multimedia design study, she took over her father’s body shop, not one for the conventional routes.
She loves art, music, reading, museums, and riding a motorcycle. There are just not enough hours in a day! Her current favorite pastime is designing jewelry. She’s finalizing her degree as a Goldsmith at the only school in the Netherlands where you can get such a degree in the historic ‘silver’ town of Schoonhoven.
Nicole and Marieke are besties since they were six years old. Growing up, you would rarely see one without the other. Always making up fantasy worlds and building fairytale castles of hay on the Lexmond family farm.
Even though they have pursued many different things in life, they’ve always remained close. The Madigan Chronicles was the perfect project to collaborate on!