Christoph, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. You’re a generous author who conducts many interviews on your own site, which makes me especially happy to have you as the first author interviewed under my new format. I hope you have fun, and thanks for bringing a drink along too.
Let’s find out a bit more about you …
Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
At the moment I am a full time writer but I have a family and other commitments and responsibilities that can without warning demand my full attention. It is a constant struggle. Being self-published there is always something that you could be doing to promote your book. My work is never done.
Promotion is never ending, and you are extremely diligent with it. Do you have a profession other than your own you’d like to try?
I would like to be a psychologist and work in dynamic group therapies, gestalt or family constellation therapies. I imagine you see a lot of personal breakthroughs and that is very appealing to me.
I studied psychology and agree it’s wonderful to know about the mind. Is there one thing you want to do before you die?
See New Zealand, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Greenland, Alaska….
Travel, nice! How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?
Dog fanatic, book obsessed, neurotic, eccentric, adolescent minded recluse with a wild imagination and a good heart.
I love this picture with your dog. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would make myself relax more. I have too much restless energy and am interested in too many things to sit still as much as I probably should.
It sounds like you’re interested in many things. As for writing, where do you draw inspiration from?
My inspiration is drawn from real life and real people but a fair bit from my over-active imagination. With my historical fiction I had family stories, rumors and anecdotes as a basis which then met the given frame of historical data and events. Once the scene was set my characters and the plot dynamically developed a life of their own.
Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?
Not at all. I have to live the story together with my characters, which is why the stories often end differently than I had anticipated. The titles that I am most proud of came to me at a later stage of the writing when the underlying themes come out more clearly.
I’m the same way, titles are the last thing I come up with. Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.
“Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts really got to me. The concept of guilt and redemption is handled very well, the idea of a spiritually led life and finding and redefining oneself is very appealing. I really cared for those characters.
“The Clay Lion” by Amalie Jahn is a wonderful story about a girl who travels in time to save her brother from dying. Time travel novels always try to be clever whereas in this case it is a legitimate tool to help the girl come to terms with death. It is a very sad but moving and inspirational story for younger readers that handles the difficult theme of dying extrememy well.
“The Barry Island Murders” by Andrew Peters is a very funny crime novel about a detective in the 1960s in Wales, long before CSI and DNA. The book is simply hilarious. I really like the writer’s style and sense of humour (esp. since I have a Welsh mother-in-law).
Great list! What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?
I love the escapism of writing and the creation of another world the most, but I also love when someone tells me they really liked my story.
The least favourite part is the marketing. I don’t like to force my books on people or assure people that they are good. I would prefer if the right people (who might enjoy it) found it by themselves.
Tell us about your typical writer’s day.
I love writing early in the morning. I walk the dogs when it is still dark and then sit down and feel still ahead of the rest of the world. By the time everyone else wakes up, I am already well into the story and can cope with disruptions of the ‘mundane’ life easier.
What is the genre of your latest book?
The Black Eagle Inn is Historical Fiction set in post war Germany.
What inspired you to write The Black Eagle Inn?
I wondered how people lived through the years after WW2 in Germany. How a new and legitimate government could form itself and how ordinary citizens learned to live with the collective shame. We know about the Nuremberg Trials and the Nazis on the run, but little of how it would affect the people. I wrote a family saga where this theme is part of the story, although the focus is more on the personal development of the characters.
How are you marketing it?
I am marketing it as historical fiction rather than a family saga because what happens to the family represents what happens to the country as a whole. It only just qualifies as historical fiction with its time frame so close to present day.
Great covers, and it follows the first two books in the series very nicely.
How has the reception been for The Black Eagle Inn?
Surprisingly well. I assumed without a raging war and that kind of drama going on it might be less interesting to my readers. Feedback suggests that the characters are well received.
What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Reading it would help, then talk about it, review it, recommend it, vote for it on appropriate Goodreads Lists, buy it for others…
Are you working on another book now?
I have just finished another ‘final’ draft of “A TIME TO LET GO”, a contemporary novel set in the UK. It is the story of a family that has different ideas on how to deal with the mother’s Alzheimers. The daughter, a stewardess, goes through some emotional turmoil and returns home where she clashes with the father. It is a personal and emotional piece and I am very excited about it as it is the first story without the historical frame to hold up the timeline.
To end off the interview, let’s do a fun lightning round!
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? Sadly my phone, kindle or i-pod
Ha! Not sad at all, mine would be my laptop.
Favorite season. Summer
The best gift you’ve ever received? A Hei-Matau fish hook pendant from my partner.
Name a food you can eat everyday. Currently vegetable smoothies and Haribo Fangtastic
Quite the combination!
Cat/dog/other pet? Dogs
Salty or sweet? Salty
Favorite style of music? Cheesy pop or dance
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Thank you, Christoph for sharing of yourself and your books. Below are all the links where Cehristoph can be found.
Latest Release: The Black Eagle Inn (Three Nations Trilogy Book 3)
The Black Eagle Inn is an old established Restaurant and Farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen. Childless Anna Hinterberger has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. Religion and rivalry divide her family as one of her nephews, Markus has got her heart and another nephew, Lukas got her ear. Her husband Herbert is still missing and for the wider family life in post-war Germany also has some unexpected challenges in store.
Once again Fischer tells a family saga with war in the far background and weaves the political and religious into the personal. Being the third in the Three Nations Trilogy this book offers another perspective on war, its impact on people and the themes of nations and identity.
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The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)
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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)
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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 is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.