Catharina Maura
Author & Hopeless Romantic

Catharina Maura

I write deliciously angsty romance novels that’ll give you all the feels. I’m currently based in Hong Kong with my husband, but we’ve lived in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and Singapore prior to that.

I’ve been writing since I was ten years old, and always told everyone I’d be an author someday. Unfortunately, as is the case for many of us, life got in the away as I got older.

For years I didn’t even consider publishing, because writing had become something I did just for myself. Thankfully, my husband didn’t agree with that mindset. He challenged me to publish just one book, and I took him up on it. I haven’t looked back since.

It still surprises me every single time when one of my readers reaches out to let me know they loved my books, and every single time it makes my day. I’m always happy to hear from you so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either through email or social media. I’m most active in my Facebook Reader Group and on Instagram, but I’m also on many other platforms! The easiest way to stay in touch with me is to join my mailing list ❤️ This is where I announce new releases and offer opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.









Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you from and what is your ethnicity?

It’s a little complicated. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, so my nationality is Dutch.

My parents were immigrants from Suriname, a former Dutch colony. It’s a super small country that borders Brazil and Guyana, and at present, it’s where my mother lives. Once the country gained independence, my grandparents were offered citizenship, so I was born in The Netherlands.

That makes my ethnicity a little complicated. To be very specific, I’m Indo-Surinamese. In the 1800s my family moved to Suriname from India under the guise of indentured labour. Wikipedia described it best, as follows:

The first ship transporting Indian indentured labourers, the Lalla Rookh, arrived in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city. Newly freed slaves in Suriname who witnessed Indian workers disembarking at the harbour, reportedly stated, “Jobo tanbasi“, meaning “The white man is still the boss”, suggesting that they viewed the development as a continuation of the slave trade. Initially, the transport and living conditions of Indian labourers in Suriname was worse than it had been prior to the abolition of the Dutch slave trade. The British Viceroy of India described it as “a new system of slavery”.

So you understand then, why my grandparents took up the offer to gain citizenship of The Netherlands once Suriname at last gained independence. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had many of the opportunities I have today.

It makes my ethnicity, and that of my people, a bit complicated. Over the last 100+ years most of us have become a blend of Afro-Surinamese, Indo-Surinamese, and Javanese. Technically, though, I’m of Indian descent.

How come you live in Hong Kong?

That’s purely for Mr. Maura’s work, to be honest. We were located from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) to Singapore, and then to Hong Kong. I truly enjoy living in Asia and would happily live here for the rest of my life.

How do I join your Inner Circle?

You can join my Inner Circle Facebook Group by requesting to join! That easy! This is where I interact with readers most. It’s where you can ask me questions and discuss my books with other readers. I also occasionally do giveaways and post teasers for upcoming works.

If you want to be the first to hear about beta reading and ARC opportunities, you’ll need to be signed up to my mailing list. My mailing list generally gets huge giveaways around launch week, and a monthly list of freebies to download too!

Can I join your ARC, Beta, or Street Team?

At present none of my teams are open for new applicants. If my team and I open up new spots, my newsletter subscribers will always be the first to know. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.

Where do I download exclusive extra epilogues and extra content?

You can find that right here

Will you write Kate and Asher's story? What about Mason and Lisa, and Elliot and Luce?

Kate’s story is perhaps my most highly requested one, but I’m not sure I’ll write it. Her story is filled with heartbreak and venom before we get to her HEA, and I’m not sure I’m skilled enough to write her story.

Mason and Lisa’s  story (from Illicit Promises) is one I do intend to write. Their story is complicated, with her being Mason’s dead brother’s ex. It’ll likely be a duet, and I have no idea when I might write it because it really depends on my publishing schedule.

Elliot and Lucian’s story I likely won’t write because I’ve never written MM before. Writing something I have absolutely no experience with is a little overwhelming, so while I don’t rule it out, I don’t think their story is one I’ll write.

Can I buy signed paperbacks?

Yes, you can. Usually signed paperbacks and swag  can be purchased through my website, but at present I’ve disabled my online store.

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you might have already read that I’m moving from Hong Kong to Amsterdam for six months, so I likely won’t re-enable the store until I’m back in Hong Kong. If that changes, I’ll send an email about it!

How do I sign up for your newsletter and what can I expect?

You can sign up right here but there’s also a form linked just below this FAQ section ❤️

Teasers, cover reveals and giveaways are pretty much guaranteed, but I mostly use my newsletter to really get to know my readers. I often share fun stories about my life or writing process, and I love asking questions for you to reply to so we can get to know each other 🥰

Contacting my team about PR or sub-rights

For sub-rights, please contact my agent, Bethany Weaver

For PR queries, please contact my publicist, Amanda Anderson

For general enquiries, please contact my PA, Laura Martinez


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