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 and the website became UNESCO Digital Heritage in 2018. 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 theaters in Phnom Penh, Ramon has moved to Tbilisi, Georgia. 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.
Sharif Gemie is a happily retired History professor. He has written eight books and countless academic articles. The main topics of his research were marginalized and minority groups in modern Europe. Together with Brian Ireland he wrote The Hippie Trail, tracing the history of the Hippie Trail and those who followed it. His first novel, set among UN aid-workers in Germany, 1945—46, The Displaced, will be published in 2022. He is the author of five books, and of over thirty articles in academic journals.
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.
Emmie Christie’s work tends to hover around the topics of feminism, mental health, cats, and the speculative such as unicorns and affordable healthcare. She has been published in Zooscape Magazine and in Three-Lobed Burning Eye and she graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2013. She also enjoys narrating audiobooks for Audible. You can find her at www.emmiechristie.com. Her story Folding Expectations was published in the 4th edition of The Quiet Reader.
Brent Peters grew up in a small farming town in southern Ontario, Canada. Writing and literature have been his passion since he was a kid, and he’s managed to work his way from the field to the classroom. His ultimate goal is to become a traditionally published author and join the world of the publication business. We currently lives and works in Japan. His story The Final Found was published in the 4th edition of The Quiet Reader.
Previous staff readers were Betina Fuentes, Steven W. Palmer, Aarushi Shetty and John Fuentes.