07 Jun 2015

Interviewed by Uvi Poznansky

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Uvi Poznansky was kind enough to interview me on her wonderful blog http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/p/guest-interview.html
Interview with
Christoph Fischer
Author of
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How did you come up with the idea for The Gamblers?

My partner and I often talked about winning the lottery, and what we would do with all the money. I’m quite content with my life and don’t think the money and what it could buy me would make me truly happier than I am now.
During one of those conversations I remembered a line from a German song: “Only when you have nothing left to lose, are you ever free.”
And I think that is very true: Wealth is a responsibility and money can take away your freedom in unexpected ways. From that, the idea of Ben, the stingy accountant and reluctant millionaire, and all that happens to him was born.
My partner is a statistician and we often discuss odds, chances and computer algorithms, so the dry and boring accountant part for Ben was easy to create.
I used to work for an airline and wanted to make the love interest Wendy a stewardess, to pay homage to may many wonderful colleagues. g1-sm-lottery2
What did you enjoy most about writing The Gamblers?
Mirco is probably one of my all-time favourite characters: A mysterious and seductive person, someone who has got it all and seems happy sharing that all. Who wouldn’t want to be his friend if he is so attentive, and interested? He’s dangerous but he makes Ben feel safe.
Mirco is a good guy and becomes an important friend to Ben, but his foibles and the bad side to his character never allow you to totally relax and trust him.
I formed some of the most exciting friendships in my life with people who aren’t at all like me, who opened new worlds or horizons and some of whom were quite dangerous to know.
Attractions of any kind can be exhilarating when they are to people totally unsuitable and maybe even that tad dangerous. When friendships can bridge such a wide gap, then that is saying something.
Having Ben meet such a character was hugely enjoyable.
Is the novel all fun then, or are there serious notes?
Trust is an important issue in my novel. Ben is torn. On one hand there is wishful thinking and his desire to believe that he has finally struck lucky; and on the other there is doubt and a certainty that all the good that’s happening to him must come to an end. Paranoia seeps in and gnaws at the newly formed ties. CGbHttzUYAAzrQK
It’s a testimony to the power of the mind and how important it is to have faith and trust.
The book has some serious undertones about gambling and addiction but I didn’t want to make it a big deal. I mention the dangers but keep the tone light-hearted.
Writing about gambling has been cathartic for me: A close friend of mine became addicted and gambled away large sums online with my credit card. I tried to help but in the end, not only did I lose a dear friend, I also never saw the money again. I became judgemental for a while but I have since realised that for many gambling is just great entertainment.
What’s next?
First is the release of “You’re Not Alone”, an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care, that I had the honour to contribute to.
Then I’ve got a few balls in the air: I’m working on a comic murder mystery set in the UK countryside and on an African adventure story. I’m gathering materials for a sequel to “Conditions”, on a new historical novel set in Germany during WW2 and I’m toying with ideas for sequels to The Healer and The Gamblers.
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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.

4 Responses to “Interviewed by Uvi Poznansky”

  1. eden baylee says:

    Oh Christoph, so terrible to hear about the friend you lost, and your money that went along with him due to gambling. You are amazing for your strong attitude. It is an addiction for so many and sad how it breaks up relationships.

    Look forward to reading the book, hon. xo
    eden

    • CBook5901 says:

      Thanks Eden. Thankfully for me, this is all long in the past. I hope one day he will fully recover and move on with his life in a healthier way.
      I hope you’ll enjoy the book 🙂

  2. Teagan says:

    I sincerely enjoyed this interview, Christoph. I loved hearing how the ideas for the characters came about. Still wishing you the best. Hugs.

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