Here is a transcript from an interview I did
over at http://www.authoryellehughes.com/
Reyna: Today, we are very happy to speak with Christoph Fischer, author of The Gamblers.
Please, give our reader’s a bit about who you are…your personality.
Christoph: I’m a summer born and Wednesday Child, which means I love sunshine and laughter. I’m a Cancer with Virgo rising, which means that I’m a cross between a sensitive, homely and caring person and an over-thinking and serious one. I’ve got melancholic and sanguine character threads. Friends and foes have likened me to Monica from “Friends” and Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory”. I couldn’t possibly comment.
Reyna: I loved Monica Bang! (if your a “Friends fan, you’ll get it ) So, if I came in and rearranged your furniture…?
Reyna: Can you tell us something a little more personal? Like…what’s your guilty pleasure?
Christoph: Guilty: The local ice-cream shop and its ever changing flavours: Bounty Coconut, Cookies and Cream, Beetroot and White Chocolate. Silly TV programmes, such as: Brooklyn 99, Modern Family and Dexter.
Reyna: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Christoph: Somewhere warm and relaxed, like The Caribbean, Goa, The Maldives. However, I recently moved to West Wales and am extremely content here.
Reyna: Out of all your characters, which one would you take with you?
Christoph: Mirco, the Russian gambler. He is so entertaining, energetic and resourceful. I doubt life would ever get boring with him around.
Reyna: Bear with me, if you could live in the world you created, would you?
Christoph: For “The Gamblers” definitely yes. Some of my more serious books, I’d have to think about it.
Reyna: When and why did you start on the path to become an author?
Christoph: A few years back a psychic told me I would write a book. That could be a self-fulfilling prophecy but I sat down to prove her wrong, convinced I would run out of steam after half a page. A short story that I started out with turned into a novel and I have kept writing since.
Reyna: Do you read books that are the same genre as your work?
Christoph: Not exclusively. I read books in all genres. A good story or character can be found everywhere.
Reyna: Who do you write for? The audience or yourself?
Reyna: In The Gamblers, who is your favorite? How and why did you create them?
Christoph: My favorite character is Mirco. The lead character Ben, is a quiet accountant who needed to meet someone exciting to get him out of his shell. The character of Mirco was born as a much needed opposite to Ben. Mirco was originally based on a friend of mine from the past, someone who was an unlikely but a true friend. Mirco has still some resemblance to his idol, even though he started soon to have his own life in my story.
Reyna: Who would you compare Mirco with?
Christoph: Aelxander Skarsgard’s character Eric in True Blood: dangerous but not without a soul.
Reyna: If Mirco were a real person, would you hang out with him?
Christoph: Yes, I would. Occasionally.
Reyna: Mirco, sounds exciting. I’d certainly want to meet him. *Note to self: No flirting with the author’s characters.*
Reyna: Are you totally separated from your characters or is there a bit of you inside?
Christoph: Writing can be a bit like acting. I imagine being each person as I write them, so that I can (hopefully) pull them off convincingly. I become that person and they end up with parts of my character without me intending for that to happen.
Reyna: Can we have a short blurb about The Gamblers?
Christoph: A shy accountant wins the Lottery. Frugal and unimaginative he doesn’t take advantage of his money until he meets a beautiful stewardess and a charismatic gambler. Then doubt and paranoia set in and he needs to figure out whom of the two he can really trust.
Reyna: What is the hardest part to being an author?
Christoph: Deciding when to let the book go.
Reyna: What’s your technique? Plan it out or make it up as you go?
Christoph: I make it up as I go along. I have a basic plan for the story but I prefer to keep my options open for as long as I can. This is great fun but forces me to do a lot of re-writes and re-reads to guarantee continuity.
Reyna: If you could, what part of the publishing process would you tell to go to Hades?
Christoph: Marketing. I don’t want to tell people that my books are great. I would like them to find out for themselves and spread the word. Lol
Reyna: Who are your two most favorite authors? And why?
Christoph: Lionel Shriver for her sharp and uncompromising writing. Christos Tsiolkas for the same reason.
Reyna: I’m in love with Christos Tsiolkas! Loaded is my favorite.
Reyna: What are your thoughts on good & bad reviews? Do you learn from them, take with a grain of salt…or, a little bit of both?
Christoph: If a reviewer has seriously engaged with the book, then you can definitely learn something from their comments – good or bad. I’m all for it. On the flip side, when you get a one line, one star review from someone who manages to get the name of your hero wrong then you just have to laugh.
Reyna: We love your book cover. Who made the design?
Christoph: Daz Smith, a good friend of mine and a very talented man. I wrote a blog post about him, here is the link:
Reyna: For newbie writers, what advice would you give them?
Christoph: Don’t dream about writing, do it and keep doing it. Don’t let yourself get discouraged and keep going.
Reyna: Your answers are so awesome, we love you! (Too personal? Sorry about that.) Well…you gave a great interview. How can our readers get in touch with you and see what else you have in store?
Reyna: Christoph, thank you so much for taking the time to come over and talk with us. You have just saved my job and I am eternally grateful.
Reyna: In conclusion: Please check out The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer and let us know what you think.
Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.
He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.
Praise for Fischer’s thriller “THE HEALER” on Amazon:
“Very Unforgettable Read” – “One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre”
– “Touching thriller that raises many profound questions.”
– “Multi-layered, multifaceted, expertly credible psychological thriller”
Praise for “IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION” on Amazon:
“Excellent read. Cracking pace.” – “Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller”
“Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro’s gift of ‘writing in the miniature’ “
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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 town in West Wales. 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 and his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.