17 Aug 2014

A Figment of My Imagination: Jonah Weissensteiner

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A Figment of My Imagination

I’ve been tagged by the stylish and charismatic Victoria Dougherty to partake in a tour involving my main character. 0248054971

What are the rules? They’re simple! I have to answer seven questions about a main character from one of my novels, then I nominate five other authors to answer the same questions.

Please check out Victoria’s fantastic blog  where she answers some questions about Felix Andel from her accomplished novel THE BONE CHURCH

Here are my responses about
Jonah Weissensteiner,
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1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is he fictional or a historic person?

Admittedly he is not the main character but one of many. He is fictional although his personality and manners were heavily influenced by how my aunt described my grandfather, whom I never met.

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2. When and where is the story set?

The story begins in 1933 and ends in the late 1940s. The book is set in Czechoslovakia, Czecho-Slovakia, Slovakia, the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the defeated Germany. 

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3. What should we know about him?

He is a widowed Jewish weaver whose main interests are neither religion nor politics, but to bring up his children and find a little peace for himself in Bratislava.

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4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Politics, fascism and blind ideology.













5. What is his personal goal?

Survival of his family and doing the right thing.  Finding happiness for his children and maybe even for himself.

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6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?

The Luck of the Weissesteiners
on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Weissensteiners

Sebastian on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TNTSeb
This is the second in my Three Nations Trilogy and is set in Vienna of 1913.

The Black Eagle Inn on Amazon: BEI: http://smarturl.it/TBEI
This is the third in my Three Nations Trilogy and is set in Germany after 1945

Time to let Go http://smarturl.it/TTLG
A contemporary family drama about Alzheimers

7. When can we expect your next book to be published?

Hopefully in October 2014. I literally just finished the latest draft of the book. It is called CONDITIONS and is about mental health and family relations. A group of 5 very different people come together in the British countryside to assist their friend during the funeral of his mother. 
This was the very first novel I wrote and it has taken 5 years for me to finally let go and release it.

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Now I’ll nominate five other authors. All of them are terrific writers, so please visit them and give their books a read.

Bloggers I’m nominating:
Paulette Mahurin 
P.C. Zick
Angel Sefer
Lorna ‘s Voice
Su Williams

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

12 Responses to “A Figment of My Imagination: Jonah Weissensteiner”

  1. victoria dougherty says:

    Wonderful post, Christoph – thanks for participating!

    • CBook5901 says:

      Thanks. Your own post was so great that I was all fired up to do one myself, despite the time restraints. Thanks for tagging me 🙂

  2. Paulette Mahurin says:

    You’re a sweetheart, a successful prolific one at that, and I’m humbled you’ve included me here. Thank you so much. I’m swamped with work right now but once my new book gets out of a little printing glitch I’ll post it. Meanwhile to pass along and share in the amazing success of your trilogy: http://tazziesplace.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/a-view-into-jonah-weissensteiner-by-christoph-fischer/

    Wishing you ever continued success!

  3. eden baylee says:

    Ha, great to see your entry in this meme Christoph! I had nominated you too with Victoria, but I know you’ve been busy.

    Happy to learn more about Jonah,

  4. Barbara A Martin says:

    Excellent interview. Have shared on Twitter about your book.

  5. Angel Sefer says:

    Very interesting. I loved the book, and enjoyed reading some insights.

  6. Chris Rose says:

    Great stuff, Christoph, some intriguing subject matter you’ve taken on there. And your latest is very much an era I’m forever interested in.

    I’ll be back for a few reads, you can count on it 🙂

    • CBook5901 says:

      Thanks Chris. “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” will always be special to me as the first book I published and with the family connection.
      I hope you’ll like it 🙂

  7. Donna says:

    I like books set in Eastern Europe during the 30s and 40s. There are so much about human nature and ourselves by exploring that era.


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