Tonke Dragt initially criticized the script of the international Netflix series The Letter for the King , which is based on her successful children's book The Letter for the King . The 89-year-old author found that too many storylines were devised.
Dragt, who was personally involved in the film adaptation, tells in conversation with De Grote Vriendelijke Podcast that she eventually let go of the book. "It's based on my book, not a film adaptation of it," she says.
The author feels more satisfied with the film. "I think it will be a feast for the eyes."
In addition to her involvement with The Letter for the King , Dragt was also working on a sequel to her latest published novel, On the other side of the door . She says she no longer thinks about writing a new book, because "you don't do that anymore at my age," but she hopes to finish the final chapter of that sequel, The Road to the Cell . "That can be read as a story in itself."
'Hard to get used to living in a nursing home'
In the podcast, Dragt also talks about her broader health and how it affects her life. She suffers from osteoarthritis, which makes writing more difficult. "Fortunately there are typewriters and you can still dictate. As long as your brain still works, you can of course always write."
She has difficulty getting used to living in a nursing home, she says. "I always went my own way, if I wanted to write or draw in the middle of the night, I would just do it. Now I have to get in at 10 p.m."
It is not yet known when Netflix will release the six-part series The Letter for the King , but it is expected that this will be before the summer of 2020.