Maartje Quivooy (pronounced Maartye Keevooy) emigrated from the Netherlands to New Zealand in 1954, when she was 26 years old. She had just qualified as a nurse, but like thousands of young Dutch people at the time, found there was little in the way of work in post-war Holland, so she joined the exodus of people departing for a better life in countries such as Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Maartje travelled alone and knew no one in New Zealand, although work in a hospital and accommodation had been pre-arranged. She spoke almost no English at the time, which was she says, difficult, but she has never regretted the decision to immigrate. Maartje's experiences as an immigrant to this country are reflected in the fictional life of Lottie, the heroine of her debut novel, Right as Rain. Fresh off the boat from Holland, Lottie knows hardly a soul in New Zealand. She is shy and speaks very little English, but she soon makes friends and proves her worth as a nurse at the local hospital. Right as Rain tells the story of Lottie's roller-coaster life as a stranger in a foreign country, struggling with a new language and unfamiliar customs.
Maartje Quivooy was born in the Netherlands and qualified as a nurse before immigrating to New Zealand in 1954. Following her marriage, she raised four children and continued her career as a nurse and midwife. She has published numerous short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies, and some of her stories have been broadcast on National Radio and the BBC World Service. Maartje now lives in retirement on the Kapiti Coast. Right as Rain is her first novel.