Hi! I’m Niels ’t Hooft, hybrid writer. Born in 1980, living in Utrecht, The Netherlands with my wife and daughters. I like mulling over ideas for days, typing heatedly in coffee shops downtown and getting together with others to build beautiful things. Which lead to books like De verdwijners (‘The Disappearers’), games like RIVE and apps like Dustin. It all comes together in reading app startup Immer.

What’s new? Immer just won the Renew the Book Innovation Award. Our app makes it easier and more fun to read digitally, we hope to launch it internationally soon. We have high hopes and grand plans!

Hybrid writer? A fancy way of saying the intersection of literature and technology is my natural habitat. For example, I researched reader feedback and longform screen text. A ‘scan’ of digital literature was published by KVB Boekwerk. And I can tell you in colorful detail what connects Haruki Murakami and games.

Watch this TEDx video from 2016 for the hybrid writer in a nutshell:

Read me? You can read my novella Lotus in English, in an experimental iOS app, or read about the development process.

Writing for games? If your project is amazing, and I can do it on the side, I still sometimes offer my game services. Here’s my talk about the making of “metal wrecking, robot hacking” shooter RIVE:

Get in touch! Want to work with me or just have a chat? Feel free to send me an email.