Who We Are
Ramon Stoppelenburg studied journalism in The Netherlands. As a former world traveler he left his mark on the internet with one of the first ever social networks, Letmestayforaday.com¸ which allowed him to travel the world for free for two years without spending any money. The British Sunday Times named him Internet Personality of the Year in 2002. His adventures, hanging around with Steve Irwin, partying with Geri Halliwell and getting stuck in the cold Canadian north, all ended up in the Dutch book with the same name. After living in Cambodia for over ten years, while writing various short stories and travel writing for various websites and running a little community movie theater in Phnom Penh, Ramon is ready to move out to somewhere else whenever the pandemic allows. You can find him on Instagram and on www.hereigoagainonmyown.com.
Skip (Frank) Yetter is a journalist and former media executive, now traveler, evolving cook, and author. In 2010, he and his wife, Gabi, sold their home and possessions and moved to Cambodia, where they volunteered for local non-governmental organizations, wrote for local media, and traveled throughout Asia. From 2014 to 2019 they visited dozens of countries on five continents as part of an international house sitting network, looking after vacationing homeowners’ homes and pets and learning about local cultures and people. They co-wrote a book about their experiences (Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure), published in 2015. Skip’s second novel, A Reasonably Viable Marriage, was released in May 2020. His first, Rilertown, was published in 2016, as was KISS Kooking, an anthology of family favorites and recipes he learned throughout years of travels and cooking classes. He is the proud father of two daughters and exultant grandfather to three grandsons, all of whom live in the US. He is currently working on his third novel. He and Gabi now live in East Sussex, England.
Gabi (Gabrielle) Yetter is a former journalist for The Star in Johannesburg, a freelance writer for Touring Bird, Latitudes, and various online sites, and an author of The Definitive Guide to Moving to Southeast Asia: Cambodia, The Sweet Tastes of Cambodia, Ogden the Fish Who Couldn’t Swim Straight, Martha the Blue Sheep and co-author of Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure. She and her husband, Skip, lived and worked in Cambodia for three years, housesat around the world for almost five years and now live on the south coast of England, where she is working in her first novel.
Jim Clarke (Irl.) was a previous senior editor.
Tim Lundergan lives near Boston (Massachusetts, USA) and promotes social distancing by learning piano, which scares away anyone who comes within earshot. He volunteers on the board of Sarus Beyond Borders, an organization committed to building a world beyond borders in Asia. His writing and editing experience have included the titles of editor, copy editor, director, for various historical newspapers named The Swampscott Reporter, The Marblehead Reporter, The North Shore Sunday, Somerville Journal, Marblehead Reporter, Wakefield Observer, Riverside Press-Enterprise. Tim has always been interested in good writing.
Katie McIvor grew up in a small village in Scotland and went to university in Cambridge, where she studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic and edited the department magazine. She now lives in England and works at the Language Centre Library in Oxford, where she is surrounded by a heaven of books and films in over 200 languages. When not struggling to alphabetise Japanese textbooks, she works part-time as a harpist and likes to go on long walks with her husband and two dogs.
Michele Van Rensburg originates from South Africa. Early in her life she developed a passion for travel, art, different cultures and countries. She had the opportunity to live her dream and travel the world. She now resides in Cambodia and passes her time teaching English to second language students. She has always been a great fan of experiencing life in any way possible, might it by discovering a waterfall, a hidden forgotten temple, or hearing about someone’s adventures. In her spare free time you will find her doing art, or sitting at a coffee shop reading a good book. She joined The Quiet Reader because she loves the written word, and loves to experience and discovers the world around her through other people’s eyes.
Yen Radecki was raised across three continents and is now based in Japan, where they teach English and write poetry and fiction in their spare time. Their writing has previously appeared in STORGY Magazine, Ibis House, and Baby Teeth Journal. Their story There’s No Right Way To Say It was published in the first edition of The Quiet Reader.
Aarushi Shetty was born and brought up in India and now resides in the UK. She is a graduate with a Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing. Her poems have been displayed as part of an Exhibition held by Positive Images Festival in Coventry. Another one has been a part of an exhibition to spread awareness about domestic abuse, which is due to be auctioned for charity. She is published in Popshot magazine and in the print edition of CovWords Magazine 2020-21, Coventry University’s creative magazine. Her story Coalesce was published in the first edition of The Quiet Reader.
Previous staff readers were Betina Fuentes, Steven W. Palmer and John Fuentes.