03 Oct 2014

Mental Health, weirdness and being different – my new novel “Conditions”

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My new novel “Conditions” (available on Amazon for pre-order) contains a character with mental health issues. Although this is a prominent part of the story I’ve kept it deliberately vague in the book for several reasons: I didn’t want the story to be about one specific illness or condition and thereby reduce the character to a stereotype.

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I am also not a health care professional or bonafide expert on the subject. The condition is part of the story and serves a wider purpose and message. I didn’t want to enter a lengthy discussion about medication, care facilities etc., lecture you or write a guide book. I mean to entertain and hope maybe to stimulate a thought process in my readers.

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However, the character is based on several people with one and the same condition. Although I did some further research to make him consistent and believable I regard this aspect as almost secondary to the novel as a whole. There are more issues being discussed in the book and my main character Charles is difficult for many reasons. His story is meant as a reminder to us all to embrace all aspects of a person and try to adapt so that we can live with what is challenging to us, whether it is part of a medical problem or not.

It’s okay to be different. I embrace the weird, the eccentric. I love oddball characters and have done so all of my life. It hasn’t always made my life and my friendships easy but it has kept things interesting and diverse.

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As a quote from the book goes:

“Each and every one of us has their own weirdness, it’s just that it’s more obvious with some people than others.”

And another:

“Madness is a completely undervalued quality and I don’t understand why people should hide it to conform to some boring version of themselves.”

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The book will be out on October 16th

It is available for pre-order on Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada and 
Amazon Australia

You can also find it on Goodreads

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written by
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.

One Response to “Mental Health, weirdness and being different – my new novel “Conditions””

  1. victoria dougherty says:

    This looks great, Christoph!

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