Christine is a Belgian-New Zealander, the granddaughter of the Belgian painter, Guillaume Leunens. She has a Master’s Degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and is an award-winning screenwriter. Her first novel PRIMORDIAL SOUP (1999), published in the UK and around the world, was described by the Sunday Times as ‘a remarkable debut’. Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, BOY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, THOR RAGNAROK) adapted her second novel, CAGING SKIES into an multi award winning film (Film title: ‘Jojo Rabbit’).
For her third novel, A CAN OF SUNSHINE, Christine received a grant from Creative NZ, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Christine is at work on a new novel and the film script of that novel, entitled IN AMBER’S WAKE. Watch this space.