06 Feb 2015
“Christoph Fischer is a gifted author and a high-ranking book reviewer. He is also my ‘partner in crime’ in the creation of a boxed set of ten amazing novels, titled At Odds with Destiny, along with Aaron Paul Lazar, Brandt Legg, Amalie Jahn, Suzanne Jenkins, S.W. Vaughn, Janet Morris, P.C. Zick, and James DiBenedetto. His new release, and the one I am intrigued about in this interview, is The Healer.”
Is the book just fun and entertainment or is there more to it?
I wrote the first draft of the book as a character study with deeper psychological aims rather than as a thriller. At that point the story had an alternate ending and a different flair altogether. Then I had an idea to turn this into a thriller and rewrote it. The central themes from the first draft are still in there but I put the emphasis on entertainment, the mystery aspects and tried to steer clear of making the book a statement on energy healing versus Western Medicine.
What are those central themes for you in The Healer?
Erica, my protagonist, needs to open her mind and reassess her life; Arpan, the healer, needs to overcome his self-doubts. Overcoming your fears and having faith in yourself are central to the story. Their limiting attitude stops both central characters from being who they are or who they want or could be. In my mind, Erica and Arpan mirror each other in that respect perfectly, both hiding behind a persona and living from validation which comes from other people and success. All of this is now hinted at rather than explored in depth.
What are your views with regards to Western Medicine and Alternative Healing?
Much of what Erica feels is based on personal experiences and sensations. I’ve been to a few energy healers / alternative therapists and regularly see an acupuncturist. (I cheekily dedicated the book to him)
I’m very open and believe that there is a lot outside of Western Medicine that works. In both fields there are naturally good and bad practitioners, which made writing a thriller full of doubt and ambiguity so much fun for me. I didn’t write it to prove a point or make a statement but to make people feel the doubt.
After your Historical Trilogy and two contemporary family dramas, seeing you release a thriller came as a surprise. What do you think about genre focus as writer?
Creating a formula probably works better for sales and brand recognition, so I may not be doing myself any favours crossing genres as I do. Unfortunately I can only write impulsively about what interests or fascinates me and so I have to take the risk that some of my readers will not join me on parts of my journey. As reader and consumer, I happily follow a few writers who cross genres and luckily I have found that large parts of my audience are doing that with me, for which I am very grateful.
Having said that, my next novel “In Search of a Revolution” is just around the corner (release approximately Easter 2015) and will be a return to Historical Fiction. It is a war epic set in the Finnish Civil War and subsequent military conflicts in Scandinavia. There is also another thriller and a sequel to Conditions in the pipeline and even a comedy, if I can juggle them all.
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.