14 Oct 2015

First review for CONDITIONED from an ARC

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The Conditions Series is easily the work closest 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. I am delighted to find the sequel CONDITIONED resonated so well with this reviewer:ReconditionedHalf

Conditioned by Christoph Fischer is a well-written thought provoking story that does not disappoint. I have been following this author’s works for years and enjoying his stories, including this one that tackles all aspects of the human condition without glossing over. The characters from the prequel, Conditions, are revisited but this time I love how it starts with a wedding invite instead of centering on a death and funeral. The wedding and related events (involving a hospital emergency room and more than one of the plot’s characters) with all the multifaceted relationship issues unfolded at a fast pace making this a very easy engaging read. Without retelling the story let me say this, Fischer can write and tell a compelling story that engages and entertains. This one in particular takes it a step further in getting the reader to think, about tolerance and being judgmental. He challenges us to look at ourselves, beyond the façade of social machinations and opinions that separate and divide, into the depth of our humanness and how we all struggle to overcome the hard situations life throws at us. This story looks at the group of friends and doesn’t bring it to a neat and tidy happy ending for all, and that’s real, it isn’t how life goes. Some of us learn, grow, change, and shine, others continue to act out the same-old, same-old, and don’t seem to ever learn. It’s a really good read that resonates authentic. This is where Fischer shines.

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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.

Find Conditions (Book1) on your Amazon site: http://smarturl.it/CONDITIONSCFF

Find Conditioned (Book 2) on your Amazon site: http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

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Why #alcoholism #domesticabuse and #codependency ?

It would be an exaggeration (maybe) to say I have been through all of those myself. But, it is something I know more about than I would care for.

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In my youthful, hedonistic days I drank a lot and I saw some close party friends of mine lose control over their drinking and recreational pleasures.
Many also clang on to very unhealthy and literally damaging relationships. I sat with some at lawyers, police stations and A&E, only to see them return to their torturers.

I, too, stayed for far too long in one relationship that was, although not physically violent, very volatile and emotionally draining and abusive.images

Looking back I can see that it could easily have become more destructive had we stayed together.
It took me years to recover and to trust people again.

I wanted to portray the thought and behaviour patterns that hold people in their self-made prisons, which is why I added some of the characters in the Conditions series.

I keep witnessing very bad relationships and have learned just how wide-spread a problem they are. Unless we all speak up and make it part of what is openly discussed and acknowledged, victims of abuse will think they are alone in this and have no hope. Unless we share what we know, witnesses to these relationships will not recognise them for what they are and will not know how to provide help and support.

The Conditions Series touches upon those issues (amongst others), hoping to bring them into the mainstream and the wider conscious.

Help is available 

http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

http://www.thehotline.org/

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholsupport.aspx

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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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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.

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

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

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13 Oct 2015

Introducing Elaine, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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Elaine is a motherly figure and a close friend to Charles. A haidresser, a psychic and a caring giver, she attracts fragile and needy people and is always happy to help: be that her sister who has ME, her neighbour with the broken leg and of course, Charles.

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Approaching her sixties, she is lively, always busy, a little bossy and outspoken but also charming, gentle and caring. I picture her a bit like a young Judy Dench or Zoe Wannamaker with spiky multi-coloured dyed hair, wearing a kind of alternative yet stylish velvet black dress.

In CONDITIONED she gets her own storyline, although late and somewhat unexpected. Her sister decides to go it on her own and releases Elaine, the eternal helper, from her duties. How will our busy bee cope? When you’re always taking care of others, what do you do when seemingly nobody needs you?

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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) here:

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

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

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

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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.

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

CHRISTOPH FISCHER 922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_o

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.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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

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12 Oct 2015

Introducing Tony, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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Tony has had a tough life. Always missing out and having to make allowances for his ‘artistic’ and ‘sensitive’ brother, he doubted for a long time that Charles truly had a legitimate illness in the first place. He bitterly resented him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources.

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To Tony’s straight and narrow mind of building houses and playing football Charles is a self-absorbed chatter-box with no sense of responsibility and awareness of others, and his friends are a bunch of ‘freaks’. What can brothers do when they are like chalk and cheese?

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He seems to have mended his ways and becomes friendly with his brother’s friends but there still seems to be a hidden agenda. Has this leopard changed his spots? Is he concerned for his brother or is he using this as an excuse to get closer to Catherine, his brother’s attractive best friend? A lot has happened for him since Conditions – find out.  

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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):

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

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

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

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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: 

922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_ohttp://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG


Connect with Christoph

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10 Oct 2015

Introducing Charles, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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CONDITIONED COVER for cover revealcondiotioned twitterv2CONDITIONED will be released October 16th. Time to introduce more of the characters:

Charles was my central character in CONDITIONS who deliberately was seen exclusively through the eyes of others. I tried to challenge the readers by writing him likeable but at times irritating. 

A passionate gardener he drove some people mad with his  flamboyant, excitable and obsessive ways. Yet many people recognised the thoughtful and gentle sides to him, too.  Intelligent in some ways and helpless in others, likeable, but not always easy to handle, he is a challenge for some. He has been a difficult child from day one, talkative, attention seeking and flamboyant. Until, only in his teens, he gets diagnosed with a mental condition.chains-433538__180

Now all of this has changed. New medication has altered the way he behaves, which turns out to be a new challenge for his surroundings.

In CONDITIONED I finally give him a voice but not until late into the book, after we once again see how he is perceived by others.

‘Dealing’ with difficult people may just be a lack of education and awareness. How do we view these people? As dangerous? As mad? As hopeless cases that should be locked away?mental-health-13594173

Another quote from a thoughtful review of Conditions:

Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear.

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I hope Charles can give food for thought and challenge our views on and our awareness of mental health. 

As some of the characters in the book say:
“Each and every one of us has their own weirdness, it’s just that it’s more obvious with some people than others.”
and
“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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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):

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

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

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06 Oct 2015

Simon, a lead character in my forth-coming novel CONDITIONED

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Simon hides from the world. Once outgoing and full of spark, life and his CONDITIONED COVER for cover revealgirlfriend Tracey have let him down. The latter is even going out with a famous footballer, adding insult to injury. Consequently Simon retreated into a world of self-absorbed introspection. In Conditions he became entangled in Charles’s life and circle of friend almost by accident. 

Simon is used to avoiding people, but in Conditioned his boss co-erces him into an awkward position that might change all that, however hard Simon tried to avoid it.

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Once again he is forced to face the outside world, interact with it and, maybe this time, even try and build bridges and get over them? Catherine’s wedding becomes more than a reminder of what he might have had with Tracey. I always pictured Simon a bit like Ewan MacGregor, who can play shy and geeky so well with a good dose of attractiveness.

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

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

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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.

Connect with Christoph

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

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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.

 

02 Oct 2015

Catherine, a character from the forthcoming #mentalhealth drama CONDITIONED (Conditions Series 2)

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head-304687__180CONDITIONED COVER for cover revealCatherine was a supporting figure in my novel “Conditions” but takes a more central role in CONDITIONED. The novel takes place around her wedding.
Catherine is an aspiring poet with confidence issues and a dark past: 

She once settled for Mister Right instead for Mister Passion and ended up in divorce and with a fear of life on her own.

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Although very attractive and full of potential Catherine hid from the world and clung onto Charles, an un-threatening (gay) male and generous friend until she found love in Robert, Charles’ lawyer.

Catherine is full of conflict, controversy and contradictions and was a fantastic character to explore: Cynical and yet a poet, romantic and fearful. Will history repeat itself or will she find lasting love? 

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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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.

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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.

Find the first book in the series, CONDITIONS here:

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

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

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

Connect with Christoph

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

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

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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.

28 Sep 2015

Martha, a character from my forth-coming #mentalhealth drama CONDITIONED (Conditions Series 2)

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CONDITIONED COVER for cover revealMartha is a petite and fragile woman, a battered wife and borderline alcoholic who shocked her friends when she took her philandering husband back in my novel CONDITIONS. She turned out to be a popular figure with my readers and that warranted her more central role in CONDITIONED.

 

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Martha seems in denial of her situation and on a mission to find social acceptance through her (forced) attendance at Catherine’s wedding. Clive, her husband, has been behaving well and she feels it is time that people moved on from their prejudices and accepted her and her relationship.

Does a Leopard like Clive ever change his spots?

Can their co-dependent relationship flourish against the odds?

Or will she have to break free from her chains? 

 

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

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

 

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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.

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

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG

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

Find  CONDITIONS, the first book in the series

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

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

Connect with Christoph

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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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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23 Sep 2015

#mentalhealth drama CONDITIONED is now available for pre-sale

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CONDITIONED, condiotioned-twitter-ad-oct16(the sequel to CONDITIONS) –
will be OUT ON OCT 16TH and is
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE NOW:

http://smarturl.it/Conditioned

http://bookShow.me/B015PMCFEG


CONDITIONED COVER for cover reveal
Thanks to Daz Smith for yet another great cover design


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.

From reviews for CONDITIONS:bittersweet
“The writing, while subtle, brings out intense conflicts … The book … made me wrangle with the one overwhelming condition that wove Charles’s friends together: Empathy.

It made me wonder: Would I have it in me to be such a supportive friend to someone with a “condition”? I am ashamed to admit: I am not sure. The question haunts me. Christoph Fischer achieved his goal; he made me think real hard about “Conditions.”

*****

Conditions has a fascinating array of characters and is a book that will make all readers think…
The book is not about one set of symptoms or even one character, but it reflects back to us some of the standard reactions to people who might be affected by such a disorder. Are they really unable to do a day’s work, or is it all an excuse? Are they telling the truth or are they making up stories to get attention? Why should they be treated differently and given special privileges when they aren’t pulling their weight? Are they just exploiting the system? Should they just be locked up?images (1)
… What is normal and how we define normality are questions that the more one works in the field, the more one wonders about. Absence of a diagnosable mental illness is not the same as what society might think as “normal behaviour” …
… When we get to know both his friends and those who aren’t that close to Charles, we come to understand that all of them (and by extension, also us) have their own conditions, and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Even the most enlightened of us can have prejudices and misjudge others if we are not open and refuse to take them on their own terms.

Why a sequel?
The short answer is: I left a few of the characters in the lurch and wanted to give them a much needed closure.

Conditions has an ensemble cast, a group of friends and family who gather around Charles, a man with a mental condition. His condition and how people handle it  becomes the centre piece, even though the other characters have their own lives and problems, too. You can follow these links to read my character profiles for Charles, Elaine, Catherine, Martha, Tony, Simon, and Edgar.

Every life and individual situation is different and so it was important for me to show a snapshot of the lives and of the problems. To end ‘Conditions’ on a “and they lived happily-ever-after” note would have been simplifying the Conditions and unrealistic.  However, there were many specific calls to help Martha out of her ditch and to explore Simon’s life further.

To not turn the sequel into a mere soap opera by continuing all sub-plots with new and sensational developments I chose a setting that unites all the characters one year on and provides another snapshot. Some will have improved their lives, others will not. My aim with “Conditions” was to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. With the sequel, “Conditioned” I want readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and more at what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges.

con•di•tioned
adj.

1. existing under or subject to conditions.
2. characterized by a predictable or consistent pattern of behavior or thought as a result of being subjected to certaincircumstances or conditions.
3. acquired through conditioning: conditioned behavior patterns.
4. in a fit or suitable condition.
5. accustomed.

Conditioned (Conditions Series 2)

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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.

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

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529337

On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL8nt

Nook Book Link: http://ow.ly/LMhGM

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19 Sep 2015

Cover Reveal: CONDITIONS (Condition Series Book 2)

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HERE IS THE COVER OF MY UP-COMING BOOK CONDITIONED, (the sequel to CONDITIONS) –
OUT ON OCT 16TH

A special thanks goes to Daz Smith for yet another great cover designCONDITIONED 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. condiotioned twitterv2

 

 

 

From reviews for CONDITIONS:bittersweet
“The writing, while subtle, brings out intense conflicts … The book … made me wrangle with the one overwhelming condition that wove Charles’s friends together: Empathy.

It made me wonder: Would I have it in me to be such a supportive friend to someone with a “condition”? I am ashamed to admit: I am not sure. The question haunts me. Christoph Fischer achieved his goal; he made me think real hard about “Conditions.”

*****

Conditions has a fascinating array of characters and is a book that will make all readers think…
The book is not about one set of symptoms or even one character, but it reflects back to us some of the standard reactions to people who might be affected by such a disorder. Are they really unable to do a day’s work, or is it all an excuse? Are they telling the truth or are they making up stories to get attention? Why should they be treated differently and given special privileges when they aren’t pulling their weight? Are they just exploiting the system? Should they just be locked up?images (1)
… What is normal and how we define normality are questions that the more one works in the field, the more one wonders about. Absence of a diagnosable mental illness is not the same as what society might think as “normal behaviour” …
… When we get to know both his friends and those who aren’t that close to Charles, we come to understand that all of them (and by extension, also us) have their own conditions, and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Even the most enlightened of us can have prejudices and misjudge others if we are not open and refuse to take them on their own terms.

Why a sequel?
The short answer is: I left a few of the characters in the lurch and wanted to give them a much needed closure.

Conditions has an ensemble cast, a group of friends and family who gather around Charles, a man with a mental condition. His condition and how people handle it  becomes the centre piece, even though the other characters have their own lives and problems, too. You can follow these links to read my character profiles for Charles, Elaine, Catherine, Martha, Tony, Simon, and Edgar.

Every life and individual situation is different and so it was important for me to show a snapshot of the lives and of the problems. To end ‘Conditions’ on a “and they lived happily-ever-after” note would have been simplifying the Conditions and unrealistic.  However, there were many specific calls to help Martha out of her ditch and to explore Simon’s life further.

To not turn the sequel into a mere soap opera by continuing all sub-plots with new and sensational developments I chose a setting that unites all the characters one year on and provides another snapshot. Some will have improved their lives, others will not. My aim with “Conditions” was to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance. With the sequel, “Conditioned” I want readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and more at what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges.

con•di•tioned
adj.

1. existing under or subject to conditions.
2. characterized by a predictable or consistent pattern of behavior or thought as a result of being subjected to certaincircumstances or conditions.
3. acquired through conditioning: conditioned behavior patterns.
4. in a fit or suitable condition.
5. accustomed.

final conditioned book coverv2

ConditionsFunPhotoBox1142911044zyytrv 

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.

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

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529337

On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL8nt

Nook Book Link: http://ow.ly/LMhGM

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

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

11 Sep 2015

100 Reviews for #mentalhealth drama Conditions

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I’m thrilled to have reached this milestone with my mental health drama Conditions – just as I’m in the final stages of editing the sequel Conditioned. Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed the book.
on September 2, 2015

 

I once again enjoyed reading a story written by this author. In Conditions, he slowly developed the characters and the plot. It was very well written and engaging.

Right from the beginning it captured my attention. The other characters were introduced a bit later and they were a treat. I especially liked that the author tackled the tough subject of a mental disorder. This is a tough topic and I wish there were more stories like this available.

This is a great book to make the reader think and reflect.

on August 31, 2015
I’m a psychiatrist, and what is normal and how we define normality are questions that the more one works in the field, the more one wonders about. Absence of a diagnosable mental illness is not the same as what society might think as “normal behaviour”. And each individual’s opinion on the matter is even more varied. Culture shock, for instance, results from differences in what is accepted behaviour in countries far apart (although not necessarily as far as we might think). Being transplanted into a culture or a situation brand new for us might make us question if our version of normal is the correct one. Even what might be normal for our neighbours we might consider utterly bizarre.
The author of this novel explores the reactions to a character, Charles, who has a psychiatric condition (a mental disorder unspecified in the book), by a number of people, including relatives (his brother and sister-in-law), close friends and acquaintances, complete strangers and previous employers. Charles’s diagnosis is left intentionally vague (we can speculate, based on the description of his behaviours, but that is not the point of the story. Charles’s behaviour is peculiar and bizarre at times, but he does not appear to be a danger to others and most of the time remains capable of making his own decisions and explaining himself, although not always) probably to avoid the temptation of turning the book into an apologia or a treatise to defend the sufferers of a particular illness or disorder. It is not about one set of symptoms or even one character, but it reflects back to us some of the standard reactions to people who might be affected by such a disorder. Are they really unable to do a day’s work, or is it all an excuse? Are they telling the truth or are they making up stories to get attention? Why should they be treated differently and given special privileges when they aren’t pulling their weight? Are they just exploiting the system? Should they just be locked up?images (1)
The novel is written in the third person, at times by an omniscient narrator that shares the internal thoughts of some of the many characters, at times the third person narrator simply shares what is happening, without taking any specific point of view, but rather that of an objective observer. That contrast allows us to get a better understanding of the psychological make-up and reasons behind some of the characters’ reactions, and we can compare those reactions to the facts.
Although we never get to see things from Charles’s perspective, we hear the stories of his friends (some closer than other) who are gathered, at the beginning of the book, to help him and accompany him on the occasion of his mother’s funeral. There are a number of works of fiction where a funeral brings people together to discuss the deceased, and in the process discover the true selves of those in attendance, although here, there is less discussion of Rose, the mother, and more of Charles. And also of the rest of the guests. We get to learn about them, their relationships (or lack of them), their sexuality, their weaknesses, their beliefs and interests, mostly through their conversations. All the characters have interesting backgrounds, lives and stories, and we become as curious about them as they are about each other. And we want to learn more. There is plenty of dialogue and not much description or narration. It struck me that this book would make a great play with many juicy parts for talented actors and actresses.
When we get to know both his friends and those who aren’t that close to Charles, we come to understand that all of them (and by extension, also us) have their own conditions, and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Even the most enlightened of us can have prejudices and misjudge others if we are not open and refuse to take them on their own terms.
Conditions has a fascinating array of characters and is a book that will make all readers think. I believe there is or will be a second part that will follow some of the characters’ stories. I’m looking forward to it. This is the second book I’ve read by this writer and I’m happy that he has so many books available and of varied styles and genres. I’ll keep reading him, enjoying his stories and watching his career.
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August 21, 2015

 

In all human relationships and within the family unit especially, sometimes it takes something dramatic and stressful to happen to bring to the fore some deep-seated resentments, prejudices and feelings of unspoken anguish. This is very much the case here as the death of a family member, the mother Rose, sparks a re-calibration within the remaining members, most notably between the brothers Tony and Charles. To complicate matters Charles has been suffering from a mental condition which will only deteriorate further as time pushes on. Although appearing to be concerned with the material aspects of the situation, Tony has some long-held repressed issues of his own to confront. All in all there is much more going on here below the surface values which each character espouses to represent; in most of these well-written scenes, it’s the subtext that screams drama. Another literary masterclass from this prolific author.
on August 13, 2015
Loved this read and have to say the blurb above does not do the book sufficient justice. I found this a remarkable piece of contemporary drama. It is a book where little happens on the surface but underneath massive shifts of understanding are taking place. The “action” takes place around Rose’s funeral, mother to two sons who have not spoken for years.
Many reviewers have commented on the contribution this book makes to understanding mental health which indeed it does. Instead of repeating those comments I will add the author has got right to the heart of family relations that have gone wrong, the grudges that fester for years and the assumptions people make to prove their prejudiced position.
The conversations and attitudes between Charles’ house guests reflect so much about real friendships and cover a vast range of relationship issues and attitudes.
Great writing, dialogue and characterisation make this a fabulous book with universal appeal.
on August 3, 2015

 

Only too often, readers seem to insist on a neat package to put a book to rest. Give them murder, car chases, gun fights, and sickly-sweet endings. Then they can forget the name of the author, forget the title…they’re done. Next!
Luckily, there are writers who won’t let us off the hook so easily. I have followed Christoph Fischer’s writing for some time now, so I am already a fan. But with Conditions, he truly challenged me. It wasn’t a question of IF I would like it, but what did it bring out in me.
Granted, not much seems to happen on the surface. The fascination with the story are the subtleties about the interactions between Charles’s diverse friends, all with their own quirks, their own problems, but most importantly their own support of a friend who tries as best he can with a “condition.”
The writing, while subtle, brings out intense conflicts among them. The book, like life itself, doesn’t end in a neat package. Instead, to me, it made me wrangle with the one overwhelming condition that wove Charles’s friends together: Empathy.
It made me wonder: Would I have it in me to be such a supportive friend to someone with a “condition”? I am ashamed to admit: I am not sure. The question haunts me. Christoph Fischer achieved his goal; he made me think real hard about “Conditions.”
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on July 23, 2015

 

Christoph Fischer is a master at writing family dramas. Having read his historical novels, and loving them, I decided to try something of his, which was more along the lines of contemporary fiction.

The cast of characters in this story are all very realistic. Their traits, selfishness, love, likeability and un-likability, shine from the pages. When a patriarch or matriarch dies, sometimes hidden jealousy, bitterness, and resentment floods out and families can and do fall apart. I was heavily invested in this story. I was not engrossed in the novel at the beginning, when mother dies, and the first few chapters cruised at a steady pace. sculpturing the characters, but I found myself being drawn into the story, as it progressed, and the characters became more sculptured. This is what I love about Mr Fischer’s writing. His stories are addictive, and at times I feel as though I am watching a family saga, TV series with the same visual sensation.

Another stellar read. PhotoFunia-1406e95f

on July 11, 2015

 

Conditions is a fascinating piece of literary fiction and human drama focusing on prejudice, grief, misconceptions, and unconditional love. There is a non-fiction element throughout, making it an interesting and informative, as well as an entertaining read.

I highly recommend author Christoph Fischer, in fact, I’m off to read another of his books now.

on June 5, 2015
The wonderful privilege we have as readers is to step into any kind of world of our choosing. There are no boundaries, as in the real world; we can go backward or forward in time, be amongst aliens or zombies. We can be in war or on a desert island or in a world of high finance.
Then there are stories like ‘Conditions’. This book is simply about family in all its diversity and how the death of a mother brings together people bound by birth and family ties but burdened by prejudgment and misunderstanding.
The story centres around Charles and his brother Tony as they come together for their mother’s funeral. Tony is full of bitterness and resentment at what he perceives as his unfair ‘lot’ growing up in a household where one child was ‘normal’ and the other suffered from mental illness. I could empathise with that, parents must go through this dilemma all the time when one child has special needs be it physical or mental.
But times move on and Tony is still burdened by his perceptions whilst Charles has found some kind of freedom in his condition.
I have personal experience of mental illness with a family member and it can be hard not to feel resentment and a weariness at the sacrifices inevitably made. I could not condone Tony’s attitudes but I could understand them.
Into the story the author introduces a smattering of interesting peripheral characters (family members and friends) all with their own opinions and flaws. Even with the boundaries of time and space set by the author it made for a very diverse and ultimately satisfying read.
on June 2, 2015 alone-62253__180
While there are a few characters you meet in this story, the author had written them so well, I knew who was who. I’m loving it and I love Elaine, Simon, Tony and Charles. Catherine is also a hoot and I totally understand where Martha is coming from…I went through the same thing.
It’s the two brothers, Tony and Charles who are integral to the story and they stand out.
My favorite is, Elaine. Her wisdom and psychic readings were great.
At times, I wanted to punch Tony for being a wuss for not standing up to his greedy wife’s mother (which I felt sorry for…at first) and for being a dick to his brother.
I love the different personalities and I see a little bit of myself in all, except for the douches, Ruth, Clare and Anna.
Tony has so many issues with his brother that it only seems as if Richard can help. Tony seems to feel more comfortable with him and him “thinking” he’s an alpha male, he would listen to a man before a woman.
I enjoyed each character, some I hated and some I loved. I was intrigued the whole way through.

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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.

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

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529337

On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL8nt

Nook Book Link: http://ow.ly/LMhGM

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

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

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