25 Jan 2015

Interview with Christoph Fischer @ chimerasthebooks.blogspot.co.uk

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Here is a reblog of an interview with me at  http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

“My guest today is an eclectic writer of many genres: his first published book,

 The Luck of the Weissensteiners, the first in the Nations Trilogy, is a historical fiction,

followed bySebastian and the Black Eagle Inn.

But then, German-born author Christoph Fischer went on to publish two contemporary novels,

Time to Let Go and Conditions,  922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

and has just released a medical thriller, The Healer.

Christoph is a prolific writer who’s not afraid to explore new genres, and whose portraits of relationships capture the challenging dynamics within families and life in general.

His last book, The Healer, is a spiritual journey with its good share of mystery, intrigue and corruption.

I really enjoyed reading The Healer, and here’s an excerpt of my 5-star review:

Reminiscent of Paul Coelho’s the Alchemist, The Healer is a beautiful tale about not just healing but also self-discovery and second-chances.”

Welcome to CHIMERAS, Christoph! marketing4

EEG: You were born and raised in Germany but now live in the U.K.: what brought you there?

CF: Chance. I came to the UK during a student exchange programme in 1993. I fell in love with a Welsh man and was offered a great job in London. What was intended as a temporary stay turned into something permanent. The timings of subsequent break-ups and job changes were such that I never got round to live anywhere else (as I had originally planned). My wanderlust, however, got satisfied by working for an airline, while using the UK as my base.

EEG: Did you always write in English? If not, when did you start?

CF: Yes, I’ve always written in English. Back in 1993, when I arrived in the UK, I didn’t know any other Germans and had to speak English 24/7 right from the start. I began to think in English very quickly. My writing didn’t happen until much later. By then my German was even more under-used and rusty. My niece calls me an Englishman because she says my German has a thick English accent. A cousin of mine is currently translating “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” into German since my own attempts at it were so poor.

EEG: Interesting. I can relate to that, as my Italian friends now tease me that I no longer know how to speak proper Italian. 🙂 What German authors would you say influence your writing?

CF: Hermann Hesse. I adore his raw and honest writing style and his themes of authenticity and self-knowledge. Berthold Brecht wrote political, confrontational and ‘documentary stage plays’. A lot of his style has found its way into my historical novels.Siegfried Lenz is my favourite German author and I’m sure he has influenced me a lot: he writes about similar subjects as I do.

EEG: I absolutely love Hermann Hesse! Siddharta is my favorite of his. Correct me if I’m wrong, but your books seem to all rotate around family relationships: what is it that fascinates you the most about this aspect of life?

CF: I come from a large family on my mother’s side and a tiny one on my father’s. That contrast clearly has left its mark on how I see and write things. I’m not really sure I would say that I’m fascinated by family relationships as such but I may be compensating for not seeing my family abroad very often.

My new book, “The Healer”, has no family theme and neither has my next historical novel. I may have got it out of my system.

EEG: Tell us about your new book, The Healer.

CF: “The Healer” is a medical thriller about an advertising executive with nothing left to lose. She decides to try her luck with a controversial and now retired healer, but throughout their meetings new and different doubts arise and both of their pasts come into play, too. You could also call it a mystery and a psychological thriller.

EEG: Did the book represent a genre shift for you?

“The Healer” is my first thriller, which is a big genre shift from my previous historical novels and family dramas. As author I enjoyed the challenge and hope that my readers will bear with me. I’ve met a few healers in my life; some were amazingly good and some seemed more like charlatans. The ambiguity of something that can’t be measured by science and puts people into a conflict of mind and senses, faith and doubt, that seemed a fascinating premise for a book.

EEG: And that certainly makes an awesome premise! Thanks for chatting with us today and best of luck with your new release.

Thank you EEG, and best of luck with your own wonderful books!

 

The Healer Prayer-can-Heal-yes-or-no

 
When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/thehealerthriller

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHealerNovelbyChristophFischer?ref=hl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23662030-the-healer

Book-likes: http://booklikes.com/the-healer-christoph-fischer/book,12975746

Rifflebooks: https://read.rifflebooks.com/books/388235


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Short Biography:

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.

Website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

Blog: http://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/christophffisch/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

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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.

2 Responses to “Interview with Christoph Fischer @ chimerasthebooks.blogspot.co.uk”

  1. Teagan says:

    Nice to see you getting some more press, Christoph. You do so much for everyone else. Great interview. Hugs!

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