12 Dec 2015

Displaced People in Germany after WW2 and my new novel Ludwika

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ludwika book concept 668My new novel Ludwika chronicles the life of a Polish woman from Przedborów working in Germany during WW2.

Millions of People from the East were forced to work under harsh conditions as ‘Ostarbeiter’ for a labour short Reich.

It is a subject often neglected because it pales in comparison to the horrors that occurred during that period.
When we hear Displaced People we know they are not just Holocaust survivors from the death camps but stories about the relocation of the Displaced People often focus on Jews trying to get to Palestine.

What happened to the rest of them in the chaos that followed German’s Capitulation is little known about. My novel Ludwika tries to shed some light on that topic, and I tried to show what life was like for Polish people in Germany during the war.

Ludwika’s story is one of many to be told that doesn’t involve as tragic a life than those in Auschwitz but from her perspective it was no ‘Luck’ either.

Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is now available for pre-order and will be released on Dec 14th

Image (1)In order to present the book in London at theKensington Christmas Book Fair in London, December 12th this year I have released the paperback version already.
Available at the CreateSpace eStore:https://www.createspace.com/5897536
The cover was once again designed by the talentedDaz Smith.

I have ARC copies in pdf and mobi

 

Blurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.

Review (from an Advance Review Copy) by Lorna Lee, author of “Never Turn Back” and “How Was I Supposed To Know”:

“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.

WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.

This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”Lud 2

The book was inspired by a real story. ‘Ludwika’s family asked for my assistance in their ancestry research because one of my other books, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, touches upon similar issues of Displaced People in Germany after WW2. With strong support from my sister, who still lives in Germany, I spent several months gathering data and contacts. I was fascinated by the subject and re-read a lot of the books and sources and then decided to fictionalise Ludwika’s life.

People in extreme situations, like during WW2, had to make incredibly tough choices. There was no logic, guarantees or protection from the madness that raged at the time. So much bravery and hardship remains to be told and understood. By telling this story I hope to help fester humanitarian values.

Get the book at your Amazon store: http://bookShow.me/1519539118

Here is a little excerpt:

The mother still looked a little suspicious at Ludwika but as soon as the train had started she ran towards the toilet with Martin, the oldest of her boys. He had soiled himself by now, unable to wait and she had to clean him up and put some fresh clothes on. Ludwika smiled at the obedience to rules the young mother had demonstrated by not going to the bathroom, even though it was a child emergency. It occurred to her that from now on she would probably have to conform to the same bureaucracy and strictness.

By the time mother and son returned Ludwika had already made good friends with the remaining three, who were busy teaching her more German nursery rhymes. Martin, the young boy in new clothes, also joined in. The woman watched in awe as her children were completely taken in by Ludwika, almost oblivious to their mother. Once the inspector had seen and validated all of their tickets, the German woman took out a book and read. Ludwika froze when she saw that it was a book written by Adolf Hitler himself.

She heard her father’s encouragement in her head to keep going and not to worry about anything before there was a need for it. It was true, the woman would mean her no harm, not while Ludwika was taking care of the children.

After the singing had stopped the children told her about their grandparents’ big villa by the Alster in Hamburg and how they looked forward to eating ice cream at its shore. The mother had obviously decided to leave her to it and only occasionally spared a glance around the compartment, the rest of the time her head was turned towards the window and deep into her book. Undeterred, Ludwika was grateful for the children’s company and the happiness it brought her. The oldest boy, he looked about six, asked her to read them a story from their book and she happily obliged. It would be good practice for her. She found it very difficult, however, and the children didn’t seem to understand her renditions of a German folk tale.ww2_3_children_carrot_sticks

The mother put her book down now and took the seat beside Ludwika.

“Don’t give up so easily,” she said. Ludwika couldn’t make out if the woman was scolding her or meant to encourage her. The tone was harsh but the face seemed benign.

Ludwika started a different fairy tale, and every time she mispronounced a word the woman would step in and correct her with surprising patience, while one by one the children fell asleep in their seats.

“You’re not bad at all for a foreigner,” the woman whispered. “Your German will get better over time. Don’t lose heart and keep going, then it will become easier and soon take care of itself.”

She looked her up and down.

“Where are you from, Ludwika?”

“Poland,” she replied, a little nervous.

“I know that, but which city?” the mother asked.

“Near Breslau,” Ludwika decided on.

“Are you Jewish?”

Ludwika jerked and shook her head vehemently.

“No,” she said quickly.

“Then I’ve got to thank you,” the mother replied, relieved. “My name is Irmingard. Irmingard Danner. You saved my life by giving me those two precious hours to read.” She looked towards the door and then she added in a low voice, so that nobody could hear: “My husband Erich has been hassling me to read that Hitler book for weeks now. My father-in-law works for the publishers and is a big shot in the party, too. He’s bound to ask me questions about it. I can’t make myself read the damn thing. Don’t you, too, find politics is so boring? As hard as I try, after ten minutes I can’t remember what I’ve read earlier. Today was the first time I could concentrate and I will be able to say at least a few intelligent things about it and do my husband proud.”

halina and ludwikairena friend and son

german-pow-koenigsberg-april-1945Displaced weiss 1.5

Ostpreussischer Flüchtlingstreck 1945

09 Dec 2015

Poland during World War 2 and my new novel Ludwika

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My new novel Ludwika starts in Przedborów Poland, October 1939.ludwika book concept 668

When we think about 1939 we immediately think World War 2 and when we do so, we think Holocaust, Concentration Camps and Jews.

Although we know that Hitler’s invasion of Poland kicked off WW2, we tend to know about Stalingrad, the Battle of Britain and the landing of the Allies on D Day.

If we think about Poland at all, we think of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Warsaw Uprising and little beyond that.

I say we, because that was me, until last year. A conversation with a friend of Polish ancestry made me wonder what life in occupied Poland would have been like.

Border Regions were annexed into the German Reich. With the frequent changes of the borders of Poland and Germany many Polish Citizens at the time were Germans or Aryans and they were immediately accepted as members of the enlarged Reich. Others were not so lucky and were forced to leave their homes and were pushed towards the East. Later, when the military machine took away most German men from civilian work projects, Hitler forced people from Poland and other Eastern Countries to work on German soil.

Ludwika’s story is one of many to be told, a story that doesn’t involve as tragic a life than of those sent to Auschwitz; but from her perspective it was no ‘Luck’ either.

Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany is now available for pre-order and will be released on Dec 14th

Image (1)In order to present the book in London at the Kensington Christmas Book Fair in London, December 12th this year I have released the paperback version already.
Available at the CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5897536
The cover was once again designed by the talented Daz Smith.

I have ARC copies in pdf and mobi

Blurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.

Review (from an Advance Review Copy) by Lorna Lee, author of “Never Turn Back” and “How Was I Supposed To Know”:

“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.

WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.

This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”Lud 2

The book was inspired by a real story. ‘Ludwika’s family asked for my assistance in their ancestry research because one of my other books, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, touches upon similar issues of Displaced People in Germany after WW2. With strong support from my sister, who still lives in Germany, I spent several months gathering data and contacts. I was fascinated by the subject and re-read a lot of the books and sources and then decided to fictionalise Ludwika’s life.

People in extreme situations, like during WW2, had to make incredibly tough choices. There was no logic, guarantees or protection from the madness that raged at the time. So much bravery and hardship remains to be told and understood. By telling this story I hope to help fester humanitarian values.

Get the book at your Amazon store: http://bookShow.me/1519539118

Here is a little excerpt:

The mother still looked a little suspicious at Ludwika but as soon as the train had started she ran towards the toilet with Martin, the oldest of her boys. He had soiled himself by now, unable to wait and she had to clean him up and put some fresh clothes on. Ludwika smiled at the obedience to rules the young mother had demonstrated by not going to the bathroom, even though it was a child emergency. It occurred to her that from now on she would probably have to conform to the same bureaucracy and strictness.

By the time mother and son returned Ludwika had already made good friends with the remaining three, who were busy teaching her more German nursery rhymes. Martin, the young boy in new clothes, also joined in. The woman watched in awe as her children were completely taken in by Ludwika, almost oblivious to their mother. Once the inspector had seen and validated all of their tickets, the German woman took out a book and read. Ludwika froze when she saw that it was a book written by Adolf Hitler himself.

She heard her father’s encouragement in her head to keep going and not to worry about anything before there was a need for it. It was true, the woman would mean her no harm, not while Ludwika was taking care of the children.

After the singing had stopped the children told her about their grandparents’ big villa by the Alster in Hamburg and how they looked forward to eating ice cream at its shore. The mother had obviously decided to leave her to it and only occasionally spared a glance around the compartment, the rest of the time her head was turned towards the window and deep into her book. Undeterred, Ludwika was grateful for the children’s company and the happiness it brought her. The oldest boy, he looked about six, asked her to read them a story from their book and she happily obliged. It would be good practice for her. She found it very difficult, however, and the children didn’t seem to understand her renditions of a German folk tale.ww2_3_children_carrot_sticks

The mother put her book down now and took the seat beside Ludwika.

“Don’t give up so easily,” she said. Ludwika couldn’t make out if the woman was scolding her or meant to encourage her. The tone was harsh but the face seemed benign.

Ludwika started a different fairy tale, and every time she mispronounced a word the woman would step in and correct her with surprising patience, while one by one the children fell asleep in their seats.

“You’re not bad at all for a foreigner,” the woman whispered. “Your German will get better over time. Don’t lose heart and keep going, then it will become easier and soon take care of itself.”

She looked her up and down.

“Where are you from, Ludwika?”

“Poland,” she replied, a little nervous.

“I know that, but which city?” the mother asked.

“Near Breslau,” Ludwika decided on.

“Are you Jewish?”

Ludwika jerked and shook her head vehemently.

“No,” she said quickly.

“Then I’ve got to thank you,” the mother replied, relieved. “My name is Irmingard. Irmingard Danner. You saved my life by giving me those two precious hours to read.” She looked towards the door and then she added in a low voice, so that nobody could hear: “My husband Erich has been hassling me to read that Hitler book for weeks now. My father-in-law works for the publishers and is a big shot in the party, too. He’s bound to ask me questions about it. I can’t make myself read the damn thing. Don’t you, too, find politics is so boring? As hard as I try, after ten minutes I can’t remember what I’ve read earlier. Today was the first time I could concentrate and I will be able to say at least a few intelligent things about it and do my husband proud.”

halina and ludwikairena friend and son

09 Dec 2015

Excerpt No. 2 from “Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany”

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Today I have another excerpt from “Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany , which is now available for pre-order and will be released on Dec 14th

ludwika book concept (1)In order to present the book in London at the Kensington Christmas Book Fair in London, December 12th this year I have released the paperback version already.
Available at the CreateSpace eStore:https://www.createspace.com/5897536
The cover was once again designed by the talented Daz Smith.

Get the book at your Amazon store: 

http://bookShow.me/1519539118

I have ARC copies in pdf and mobi!

 

halina and ludwikaBlurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.

Review (from an Advance Review Copy) by Lorna Lee, author of “Never Turn Back” and “How Was I Supposed To Know”:

“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.irena friend and son

WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.

This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”

Get the book at your Amazon store: http://bookShow.me/1519539118

Here is another excerpt from the novel:
(Follow this link to a previous excerpt)

“You’ve got to wake up,” Irmingard said, shaking Ludwika. “We’re almost in Hamburg. I didn’t know where you had to get off. I thought you said you were going to Altona but my brain, I keep forgetting things. I was no longer sure.”
“Yes,” Ludwika said, coming to her senses. “Altona.”
“Thank God,” Irmingard said. “The next stop is the Central Station. We have to get out here. It was nice to meet you. Remember to give me a call if you are free. Even an afternoon would do wonders and give me the chance to have my hair cut without having to worry that the children are being chained to their chairs and locked away.” She laughed. “Best of luck in this wonderful city. You will love it.”
She turned to get her children to walk towards the exit. They didn’t want to go.
“See what I mean?” Irmingard said and pointed at them. All four were looking at Ludwika with disappointed faces.ww2_3_children_carrot_sticks
“I’m afraid Ludwika has further to go. She needs to stay on the train until she gets to Altona,” Irmingard explained. “Hopefully, she will come and visit you while she’s here.”
The children cheered up and voiced their approval.
“Off you go now,” Irmingard said.
“Thank you,” Ludwika said and waved briefly at the children. Then she sank back down and didn’t look that way until the train had moved out of the station and the carriages had filled with new passengers.
When she got her suitcase from underneath the seat she found that Irmingard must have dropped her book and left it on the train. Ludwika picked it up and had a look at it. She took it and put it in her suitcase. She might as well use it for reading practise. She opened it where the bookmark stuck out. It wasn’t a bookmark as it turned out. Irmingard had left a note for her and a few Reichsmark.

“Thank you for being so kind to my children. Now that I have ‘lost’ my book on the train, you have an excuse to come and visit us. My father-in-law will love you if you come carrying that book and you will be welcomed with open arms.
Fond regards
Irmingard Danner.”

The train inspector announced that they would shortly be arriving in Hamburg Altona, the final stop on this journey. Everyone gathered their belongings to get ready to disembark. can 005
Ludwika put the book and the note away and instead took out Manfred’s hand-drawn map to help her find the way to her new residence. He had neat hand writing, she noticed. When the train stopped she stepped onto yet another clean station platform and braced herself for what was going to happen next. Her German adventure was about to begin and she hoped that it would be as good as it promised to be. All Ludwika could do was embrace the situation, ignore the ambiguity and dangers and hope for the best.

Manfred’s map of Altona was not as useful as the one he had made for her transfer in Berlin. The roads around the station were narrower, forked more often and many of the turns were not at right angles and got her confused. She kept getting lost. The first few times she simply went back on herself and found the right turn on the second attempt. Then she needed help. She approached a mother with two children who came her way. Ludwika felt safe whenever a child was around. The woman, however, stared with open disgust at the ‘P’ on Ludwika’s coat and rushed past her, dragging her children with her as if to protect them from an infectious disease.
Ludwika tried to find the way on her own again, staring at the map, helpless and increasingly worried that she might never find it. What would happen to her if she couldn’t re-unite with Manfred? She had almost no money and as she was wearing the nasty ‘P’ mark hostel staff might even refuse her business.
At last an old man stopped and took the map out of her hands. “You’re almost there,” he said laughing. “You confused Klopstockstrasse with Klopstockplatz. ‘St’ means street, ‘pl’ means platz. You were so close, you silly girl. Just turn back and you are on the Elbchaussee. I guess another two blocks and you’re there.”
“Danke,” Ludwika said and she wanted to hug her saviour. She wouldn’t have known what to do without him. She had lost all of her confidence to approach people after the way the woman earlier had treated her.
“Anytime,” the man said with a wink and moved on.
Elbchaussee was beautiful. The houses were magnificent: Villas or apartment buildings many storeys tall and all built in the wonderful architectural style that she had seen in Breslau and Dresden: white large bricks, some painted in other, bright colours, the windows were huge, often arched and everything looked so opulent. Trees lined both sides of the road and there was a park, too. This was a fine place. She wondered how she would fit in.

05 Dec 2015

“LUDWIKA: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany” is available for pre-order

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Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany (my new historical novel) is now available for pre-order and will be released on Dec 14thludwika book concept (1)

In order to present the book in London at the Kensington Christmas Book Fair in London, December 12th this year I have released the paperback version already.
Available at the CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/5897536
The cover was once again designed by the talented Daz Smith.

I have ARC copies in pdf and mobi

Blurb: It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.

Review (from an Advance Review Copy) by Lorna Lee, author of “Never Turn Back” and “How Was I Supposed To Know”:

“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations. Image (1)

WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.

This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”

The book was inspired by a real story. ‘Ludwika’s family asked for my assistance in their ancestry research because one of my other books, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, touches upon similar issues of Displaced People in Germany after WW2. With strong support from my sister, who still lives in Germany, I spent several months gathering data and contacts. I was fascinated by the subject and re-read a lot of the books and sources and then decided to fictionalise Ludwika’s life.

Lud 2

People in extreme situations, like during WW2, had to make incredibly tough choices. There was no logic, guarantees or protection from the madness that raged at the time. So much bravery and hardship remains to be told and understood. By telling this story I hope to help fester humanitarian values.

Get the book at your Amazon store: http://bookShow.me/1519539118

Here is a little excerpt:

The mother still looked a little suspicious at Ludwika but as soon as the train had started she ran towards the toilet with Martin, the oldest of her boys. He had soiled himself by now, unable to wait and she had to clean him up and put some fresh clothes on. Ludwika smiled at the obedience to rules the young mother had demonstrated by not going to the bathroom, even though it was a child emergency. It occurred to her that from now on she would probably have to conform to the same bureaucracy and strictness.

By the time mother and son returned Ludwika had already made good friends with the remaining three, who were busy teaching her more German nursery rhymes. Martin, the young boy in new clothes, also joined in. The woman watched in awe as her children were completely taken in by Ludwika, almost oblivious to their mother. Once the inspector had seen and validated all of their tickets, the German woman took out a book and read. Ludwika froze when she saw that it was a book written by Adolf Hitler himself.

She heard her father’s encouragement in her head to keep going and not to worry about anything before there was a need for it. It was true, the woman would mean her no harm, not while Ludwika was taking care of the children.

After the singing had stopped the children told her about their grandparents’ big villa by the Alster in Hamburg and how they looked forward to eating ice cream at its shore. The mother had obviously decided to leave her to it and only occasionally spared a glance around the compartment, the rest of the time her head was turned towards the window and deep into her book. Undeterred, Ludwika was grateful for the children’s company and the happiness it brought her. The oldest boy, he looked about six, asked her to read them a story from their book and she happily obliged. It would be good practice for her. She found it very difficult, however, and the children didn’t seem to understand her renditions of a German folk tale.ww2_3_children_carrot_sticks

The mother put her book down now and took the seat beside Ludwika.

“Don’t give up so easily,” she said. Ludwika couldn’t make out if the woman was scolding her or meant to encourage her. The tone was harsh but the face seemed benign.

Ludwika started a different fairy tale, and every time she mispronounced a word the woman would step in and correct her with surprising patience, while one by one the children fell asleep in their seats.

“You’re not bad at all for a foreigner,” the woman whispered. “Your German will get better over time. Don’t lose heart and keep going, then it will become easier and soon take care of itself.”

She looked her up and down.

“Where are you from, Ludwika?”

“Poland,” she replied, a little nervous.

“I know that, but which city?” the mother asked.

“Near Breslau,” Ludwika decided on.

“Are you Jewish?”

Ludwika jerked and shook her head vehemently.

“No,” she said quickly.

“Then I’ve got to thank you,” the mother replied, relieved. “My name is Irmingard. Irmingard Danner. You saved my life by giving me those two precious hours to read.” She looked towards the door and then she added in a low voice, so that nobody could hear: “My husband Erich has been hassling me to read that Hitler book for weeks now. My father-in-law works for the publishers and is a big shot in the party, too. He’s bound to ask me questions about it. I can’t make myself read the damn thing. Don’t you, too, find politics is so boring? As hard as I try, after ten minutes I can’t remember what I’ve read earlier. Today was the first time I could concentrate and I will be able to say at least a few intelligent things about it and do my husband proud.”

halina and ludwikairena friend and son

german-pow-koenigsberg-april-1945Displaced weiss 1.5

Ostpreussischer Flüchtlingstreck 1945

10 Nov 2015

Super/Para – Normality in THE HEALER

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images (1)Have you ever felt a presence in the room, ever had a sense of dejavu or foreboding? Walked into a pub after there was a fight and you could feel something still lingering ‘in the air’.
Did you ever ‘just know’ something, or experience sensations or see things that you really couldn’t have?
I did.
If you did, too, then you know that this was maybe not vampires or shifters but it was some kind of energy that can’t be measured, something beyond the normal.

There is a lot more to our lives than what is scientifically proven, isn’t there?

My thriller “The Healer”escapes the realm of normality by centring on the grey area between normal and super/ paranormal. I want to blurr these lines because I believe they are blurred.

Boyd and Ejay doing Healer MethodI’ve been to psychics, tarot cards readers, energy healers and mediums and I have seen enough proof to trust that there is a lot to these things and yet, I have met my share of tricksters and charlatans in that field, too.

Arpan, the Healer in my book, is a faith healer, a practitioner of alternative medicine, intuitive energy work, Qi Gong and Reiki. His abilities and powers are where the normal ends and the para – or super-natural begins.
He has well documented success stories and worked with people who were never suckers for New Age medicine. Quite the opposite. They were inclined like Erica, my ill heroine, to be entirely skeptical and they have marched their way in and out of his care with an army of scientists.

One reviewer wrote: Prayer-can-Heal-yes-or-no

“Arpan is a mysterious figure, however, and can’t be taken at face value. He is a man of some ego, no shortage of moodiness. And if there is something larger than life about him, there’s also something all too painfully human about him, and not in a good way. In short, I wouldn’t want to have to trust my life to this guy. He’s quite scary. And his actual motivations for getting involved with her therapy are never entirely clear. Is he a noble ends-justifies-the-means kind of guy, capable of thus rationalizing his totally unsavory tactics? Or are his ends every bit as uninspiring as his means?”

“Through Erica’s healing you experience the terror along with her, the emotional doubts and insecurities, the ups and downs, the kaleidoscope of emotions on display that is dealing with death and dying in a truly self-transformative way; a way that forces self-transcendence to some degree, win, lose, or draw. You begin to wonder early on if her anxiety attacks, the parade of misgivings and paranoid ideation are part of the intense healing of mind, body and spirit that can only be accomplished with total surrender to a spiritual master—as legends tell us. Or if they’re simply entirely sane reactions to this bizarre healer and her fears are entirely justified.”healer cover for kindle

“I’ve read quite a few books penned by spiritual masters, including an unusual Russian figure by the name of Gurdjieff, and P. D. Ouspensky, one of his disciples who wrote heavily about him. Students’ accounts of Gurdjieff and what it was like to deal with the man and the healer were quite similar to what our heroine undergoes with her faith healer. Does that mark him as the genuine article? Or just another nut case, to whom she’s just signed over all of her wealth and belongings? Once again, you just have to take the journey to find out, and very possibly, in taking it with her, you’ll be more than just fascinated, you’ll undergo some healing, some transformation, and some self-transcendence yourself. Which I think is very much the point in a novel of this sort.”

“One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre of spiritual fiction. That also goes for books on people dealing with cancer and or some other terminal illness, and struggling with the self-transformative process that implies. So, needless to say, highly recommended.”

The Healer


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?

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09 Nov 2015

Review of The Healer

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Something very different here. healer cover for kindle

Erica has pancreatic cancer. She has only weeks to live. In desperation, and on the advice of Hilda, once her secretary (until she had to stop work) and now her friend, she turns to Arpan, who twenty years earlier had been a celebrated natural healer specialising in pancreatic cancer but was discredited as the result of a smear campaign by the pharmaceutical companies and the newspapers.

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so I won’t tell you what happens when he finally agrees to accept her as a patient. But I must tell you that a certain Julia enters the story at this point. Julia works for an international pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland and her predecessor had been instrumental in bringing about Arpan’s disgrace. Now she homes in on Erica, the first person Arpan has treated in twenty years. Why? Because she wants the formula for the elixir Arpan injects into his patients before treating them by his own more spiritual, rieki-like, method. Finally, Erica finds herself in the middle, the go-between. Arpan insists the elixir is nothing, does nothing, it is the rest of the treatment that works. Julia insists the rest of the treatment is mumbo-jumbo, she wants the formula for the elixir, will pay millions for it.

A fascinating look at the reality behind the cancer industry’s fear of and ruthlessness with apparently successful alternative practitioners, and at those practitioners’ helplessness in the face of multinational giants and of the medical establishment for whom anything not strictly in line with their views is heresy. (Oh, the connotations of that word!)

Believable characters – so believable it comes over sometimes like a news story or a documentary – and a totally unexpected ending, which was, I have to say, a little bit puzzling. I still have to work it out and make it fit the rest of the story.

The Healer


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?

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16 Oct 2015

CONDITIONED – “Oh god – please not another sad story about miserable problems…”

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I can assure you – CONDITIONED isn’t that.facebook-cover-out-now

Well, yes, I have included some heavy issues but there are other storylines in there as well to keep the tone lighter: a wedding, romance and fun characters…

The Conditions Series is probably the work dearest to my heart. Conditions was my first ever novel and I packed it with the things that I knew and that I wanted people to know about. It was too close for comfort for me and stayed in the drawer for years before I wondered if I could risk showing it to people and maybe re-work it to make it publishable.

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Mental illnesses make people uncomfortable and many prefer to brush them under the carpet, which makes the problem worse; whether it be depression, addiction or bi-polarism.
In the Conditions Series I’m not lecturing you about it. I’m portraying one likeable character with his issues and other foibles and show how people around him adapt – some great, some not so great. I’ve deliberately added a dose of lighter notes and quirky supporting characters to keep it as light as possible.

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Again, it is what I know. In my youth and party days I saw some close friends lose control over their drinking and often cling to very unhealthy relationships.

I, too, stayed for far too long in one relationship that was, although not physically violent, very volatile and emotionally abusive. Looking back I can see that it could easily have become more destructive had we stayed together. It took me years to recover.
Sadly, I keep witnessing such relationships and wanted to portray the thought and behaviour patterns that hold people in their self-made prisons. Bringing it out into the open helps victims to break out of their isolation and helps people to provide the right support.

That still sounds like a depressing read to me…

Well, trust me, it isn’t. For every ‘miserable’ character there is one that is upbeat or quirky, there are sweet and lovely moments, romance and a wedding. I wrote it in short chapters, alternating between the various stories to serve only small doses of ‘heavy’. Since making it a series I have the option of giving some individuals closure without writing an unrealistic fairytale ending for all. Beating_heart_slower_by_mystichuntress-d5u79w1

No happy ending?

Now that would be telling… Let’s just say that, since this is a series, I bought myself time to bring each story to a realistic conclusion. A mental health problem won’t be cured by a miracle over night (at least not the vast majority of them), and so it’s impossible to create 8 characters with conditions and have them all live happily ever after within the space of 170 pages.

Conditioned (Conditions Series 2) CONDITIONED COVER for cover reveal

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

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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 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, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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15 Oct 2015

Introducing Robert, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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condiotioned twitterv2Robert is Charles’ legal Guardian. He’s doing this out of the goodness of his heart, feeling he needs to do something charitable in his life. He takes his role seriously and becomes good friends with Charles over the years.

In Conditions he has more an official function, even though we get to see a little bit of his quirky and eccentric side, i.e. his taste in music and clothes. movies-damian-lewis-esquire

Fast forward a year and he fell in love with and woed Catherine. CONDITIONED takes place around and on their wedding day. I love this character for his individuality and contradictions: He is grounded and as lawyer with both feet in the real world. Despite his dependable side he is unconventional and is far from predictable and boring. images (9)

He is handsome to many, boring to others. The question is: Is Catherine the right woman for him? Many have their doubts…

Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

Find CONDITIONS (Book one in the series): CONDITIONED COVER for cover reveal

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CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

Conditioned (Conditions Series 2) is available for preorder via these links to your local Amazon store: 

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

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15 Oct 2015

Edgar, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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condiotioned-twitter-ad-oct16Edgar has only a compratively small part in the book but has a significant role in the wedding – he is Best Man. He is an attractive bodybuilder from Brazil, a personal trainer, a friend and love interest. 

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Edgar’s sexual orientation is the subject of speculation in Conditions and in CONDITIONED we’re still none the wiser. What better place for this to come under the microscope than at a wedding, where they tend to pair off single people as best as they can. Grounded, focused and serious, the wedding and his duties as Best Man are a big honour for him. Will he survive the wedding without coming under scrutiny? What is beneath that pretty facade.

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Our Brazilian hunk, too, has a story to tell.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

Find CONDITIONS:

On Facebook: http://ow.ly/C0ZqX

On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFF

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CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

Conditioned (Conditions Series 2) is available for preorder via these links to your local Amazon store: 

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

Connect with Christoph

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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14 Oct 2015

Introducing Sarah, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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condiotioned-twitter-ad-oct16Sarah Roseberg brought the fun in to Conditions when she joined Charles and his friend on the evening of his mother’s funeral. Full of life and out to live it to the full she tries to get the party started.

The wedding in CONDITIONED takes place on her grand Estate, where Charles works as gardener. He used to date her son and has become a surragote child for her; as have other members of the circle of friend.

images (13)Diabetic and in need of moderation, the wedding is an excuse to bypass all rules and restrictions.

Sarah is a bit of a gossip and can be interfering, trying to matchmake people and seeing to it that everyone has as much fun as she thinks they should have.

Sarah is a great character, she could come to my wedding, as guest or organiser, anytime. Generous, privileged but down-to-earth – I hope you’ll love her as much as I did.  

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

Find CONDITIONS (Book one in the series):rowling1f-1-web

On Facebook: http://ow.ly/C0ZqX

On Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFF

On Goodreads: http://ow.ly/C0Ziw

CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.

Conditioned (Conditions Series 2) is available for preorder via these links to your local Amazon store: 

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

Connect with Christoph 922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

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

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

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

Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY

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