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06 Feb 2015

Interview about THE HEALER at Uviart

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“Christoph Fischer is a gifted author and a high-ranking book reviewer. He is also my ‘partner in crime’ in the creation of a boxed set of ten amazing novels, titled At Odds with Destiny, along with Aaron Paul Lazar, Brandt Legg, Amalie Jahn, Suzanne Jenkins, S.W. Vaughn, Janet Morris, P.C. Zick, and James DiBenedetto. His new release, and the one I am intrigued about in this interview, is The Healer.”

Is the book just fun and entertainment or is there more to it?
I wrote the first draft of the book as a character study with deeper psychological aims rather than as a thriller. At that point the story had an alternate ending and a different flair altogether. Then I had an idea to turn this into a thriller and rewrote it. The central themes from the first draft are still in there but I put the emphasis on entertainment, the mystery aspects and tried to steer clear of making the book a statement on energy healing versus Western Medicine.
What are those central themes for you in The Healer?
Erica, my protagonist, needs to open her mind and reassess her life; Arpan, the healer, needs to overcome his self-doubts. Overcoming your fears and having faith in yourself are central to the story. Their limiting attitude stops both central characters from being who they are or who they want or could be. In my mind, Erica and Arpan mirror each other in that respect perfectly, both hiding behind a persona and living from validation which comes from other people and success. All of this is now hinted at rather than explored in depth.
What are your views with regards to Western Medicine and Alternative Healing?
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Much of what Erica feels is based on personal experiences and sensations. I’ve been to a few energy healers / alternative therapists and regularly see an acupuncturist. (I cheekily dedicated the book to him)
I’m very open and believe that there is a lot outside of Western Medicine that works. In both fields there are naturally good and bad practitioners, which made writing a thriller full of doubt and ambiguity so much fun for me. I didn’t write it to prove a point or make a statement but to make people feel the doubt.
After your Historical Trilogy and two contemporary family dramas, seeing you release a thriller came as a surprise. What do you think about genre focus as writer?
Creating a formula probably works better for sales and brand recognition, so I may not be doing myself any favours crossing genres as I do. Unfortunately I can only write impulsively about what interests or fascinates me and so I have to take the risk that some of my readers will not join me on parts of my journey. As reader and consumer, I happily follow a few writers who cross genres and luckily I have found that large parts of my audience are doing that with me, for which I am very grateful.
Having said that, my next novel “In Search of a Revolution” is just around the corner (release approximately Easter 2015) and will be a return to Historical Fiction. It is a war epic set in the Finnish Civil War and subsequent military conflicts in Scandinavia. There is also another thriller and a sequel to Conditions in the pipeline and even a comedy, if I can juggle them all.
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  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.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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20 Jan 2015

The Year Ahead

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 Its’ hard to beat the last few weeks, during which

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TIME TO LET GO reached #12 of the 50 Best Indie Novels 2014 over at readfree.ly

 

 

 

 

 

THE HEALER was released to a warm and fabulous reception and humbling reviews – even making it into the medical thriller charts.The Healer - new book from Christopher Fischer

 

fullbook2

 

 

 

THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS was hugely popular during the BookBub free promotion and had almost 60,000 downloads with knock on sales for all books of the Trilogy.

So here are the next tricks I have up my sleeve:

P1130154Yesterday I’ve received the proof copies for IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION – my Finnish War Epic set between 1918 and 1950. A return to historical novels. To be released March/ April 2015.

 

 

 

 

In the mean PhotoFunia-1407153ctime I’m writing the sequel to Conditions and am working on a new thriller, losely entitled THE GAMBLER. I am hopeful to have one of those ready for a September release.

 

 

 

In March 2015 THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS will become part of the 

cover-under construction AT ODDS WITH DESTINY Box Set.

I’ll be introducing the other writers of the set in the run up to the release.

Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside the box. Open it at your own risk! Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you AT ODDS WITH DESTINY, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery, history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their journeys.

 

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand – and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families – one Jewish, one Catholic — fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love endure?

Outview by Brandt Legg Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.

Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn Mia, Thomas, and Kate have psychic abilities and a common destiny. They just don’t know it yet.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she fine a different way forward?

Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have to make his own.

Tempus by Janet Morris Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like no other.

Native Lands by P.C. Zick When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they treasure.

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer? Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds dangers of the most rarefied kind!

 

Short Biography: Christoph Fischer 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 hamlet, not far from Bath.  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. 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/ Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChris

14 Jan 2015

My plans for the year 2015

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images (6)Its’ hard to beat the last few weeks, during which

 

 

 

 

 

 

time-to-go-books2 bigTIME TO LET GO reached #12 of the 50 Best Indie Novels 2014 over at readfree.ly

 

 

 

 

The Healer - new book from Christopher FischerTHE HEALER was released to a warm and fabulous reception and humbling reviews – even making it into the medical thriller charts.

 

 

THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS was hugely popular during the BookBub free promotion and had almost 60,000 downloads with knock on sales for all books of the Trilogy.. 

fullbook2

So here are the next tricks I have up my sleeve:

Yesterday I’ve received the proof copies for IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION – my Finnish War Epic set between 1918 and 1950. P1130154A return to historical novels.To be released March/ April 2015.

 

 

 

 

In the mean time I’m writing the sequel to PhotoFunia-1407153cConditions and am working on a new thriller, losely entitled THE GAMBLER. I hope to have at least one of them ready for release by autumn.

 

In March 2015 THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS will become part of the 

cover-under construction

AT ODDS WITH DESTINY Box Set.I’ll be introducing the other writers of the set in the run up to the release.

Each one of the novels in this boxed set is outside
the box. Open it at your own risk!
Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from
across the book continuum join forces to bring you AT ODDS WITH
DESTINY, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d
never find: full-length novels brimming with myth, fantasy, mystery,
history, romance, drama, originality, heroism, and suspense. Finding
themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight
to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in
their journeys.

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky
Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted
court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see
himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between
ambition and longing for purity?
Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning
events out of hand – and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of
his wife, braces for the fight of his life.
The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer
In WW2 Eastern Europe, two families – one Jewish, one Catholic —
fight for survival amidst deception, fear, distrust and betrayal. In the
entangled web of political, religious and familial loyalties, can love
endure?
Outview by Brandt Legg
Nate embarks on a breathless quest to save his brother and unravel
the mystery of their father’s death. His desperate flight takes a
stunning turn when mystics reveal an extraordinary destiny to him.
Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn
Mia, Thomas, and Kate have psychic abilities and a common destiny.
They just don’t know it yet.Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins
After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined
to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she fine a
different way forward?
Broken Angel by S.W. Vaughn
To rescue his kidnapped sister, Gabriel is forced to join a crime
syndicate, where he discovers a dark underside to the city that few
have ever seen. Yet the game can’t be won by their rules. He’ll have
to make his own.
Tempus by Janet Morris
Woe betide the soul who dares too much! Ride with Tempus and his
Sacred Band of Stepsons cavalry into myth, legend, and adventure like
no other.
Native Lands by P.C. Zick
When their environment is torn apart by a battle for power and control
of the last of the Florida frontier, a tribe of native Floridians thought to
be extinct rise up to halt the destruction of the natural world they
treasure.
Dream Student by James DiBenedetto
Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college
junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the
only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?
Let in the dog and let out the cat, for this box holds
dangers of the most rarefied kind!

Short Biography: Christoph Fischer

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 hamlet, not far from Bath.  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.

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/

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=241333846

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterChristophFischer?ref=hl

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11 Jul 2014

MJ Magazine Issue 4 is out

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MJ MAGAZINE ISSUE 4 IS OUT!

MJ Magazine

The Magazin was founded by the saintly and relentless supporter of authors, Fran Lewis in honour of her late sister. 

Find it on AMAZON
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The Magazine contains a wide range of information, for example:

Writer’s Workshop, including an article by me on writing historical fiction,

Writing Tips

Recommendations for Books on Writing

Features on Authors Clint Morey and Allan Topol

Book Reviews, including
“Aming the Shrouded” by Amalie Jahn,
and
“Cider Brook” by Carla Neggers,

Reviews & Interviews, including 
“Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost” by Tom Winton
and
“Leap the Wild Water” by Jenny Lloyd

BOOK of the MONTH

“Madiva: A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela” by Danny Schechter

Recommended Reading

Fran’s Top 5 New Authors

Christian Fiction Reviewed by Lee Harmon

Issues —Focuses: Alzheimer’s, Spouse Abuse and Gun Control

Issues —Medical Concerns

Teen Issues

Helpful Hints

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or
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16 Feb 2014

Interviewed by Chris Westlake

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A very happy Sunday to you. The skies are blue even in Birmingham this morning, which really is saying something. Here is a transcript from http://www.chriswestlake.co.uk/

Chris Westlake has been kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to hist me on his blog:

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Today I’m delighted to bring to you my recent interview with historical fiction writer, Christoph Fischer.
I first became aware of Christoph just before Christmas, when I got my hands on the first in book in his Three Nations Trilogy, The Luck of the Weissensteiners. Set in the quiet town of Bratlislava, in Czechoslovakia (the most difficult country in the world to spell) the story begins in 1933, when Jewish girl Greta falls for Wilhem, a bookseller from Berlin. The Luck of the Weissensteiners is the story of two families, one Catholic and one Jewish, struggling against the fascism and horror of World War II.
Nowadays, I always read as a writer. Sometimes I wish that I didn’t. Reading as a writer makes you critical and annoying, and I am critical and annoying enough as it is. On the flipside, though, it does mean that I appreciate good writing more than I used to. One of the things I loved about The Luck of The Weissensteiners is the angle; the viewpoint. Unfortunately we all know too well the brutality of the concentration camps, of the heroes on the front line. This is the story of two ordinary families, brought together initially by love affair. The horrific war is only a backdrop. It brings to the forefront the prejudice and hatred already simmering under the surface. 
But let’s not forget the meticulous attention to detail that Christoph demonstrates. Or the absorbing characters that draw you in….
I hope that the interview tell you more not only about the books but about the man behind the words.
Thank you very much Christoph.
Readers, enjoy…!  

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Could you please describe your upbringing in Germany? How did this affect your views and writing? 
I was the youngest of three children in a Catholic family with strong conservative and also some liberal upbringing. My father’s side of the family was expelled from Czechoslovakia and grated slightly with the Bavarian culture they were forced to live in. It has created a distance between me and Germany in a way which probably shows in all of my three books in one way or another. However, you can take the man out of Germany but…. 

When did you first start writing and how did this develop?
I first started seriously writing three years ago with an idea for a short story, which turned into a novel and then I had another idea. I am currently working on my 5th novel but I have more drafts and ideas coming, so I guess I will be writing for a while yet. When did you first see your name in print? How did this feel? I was away with my then day job and my partner sent me a multimedia message with a picture of the proof copy of my book. That was 14 months ago and it felt absolutely amazing and also a little scary. Why are you passionate about historic fiction? Initially my stories were driven by ancestry research. I take an interest in the history of the 19th and 20th century and my thirst to learn more has helped creating the stories for my books. Currently I am writing about the Finnish Civil War, just because one day I realised how little I knew about Finnish history and found that there was a lot to learn.

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Are you interested in writing any other genres?
I would love to write a comedy or a murder mystery but all my attempts in that direction have not ended in a completed novel yet. I am however writing contemporary fiction, too, and will be publishing a book with a side-plot concerning Alzheimers’ hopefully this spring. 

Who are your literary influences? 
Early influences would be Dostoyevsky, Sartre and Kafka. Later influences include Lionel Shriver and Christos Tsiolkas. Recently it’s independent authors such as Paulette Mahurin, Amalie Jahn and Melodie Ramone. 

What drives you more – character or plot?
 51% characters, 49% plot 

There is great attention to detail in your books. How do you go about researching? 
With history I learned that you cannot trust all of your resources. Political colouring and wishful thinking find their way into the books and so I read as many sources, books and online materials as I possibly could until I was sure about everything. I try to live in the story with the characters while I write and so the details become important.

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Do you believe in writers block? If so, how have you overcome it? 
Touch wood, I have been spared that evil yet. With the simultaneous self-promotion of three books it is so hard to find time to write at all that I usually have a backlog of ideas to write down when I get round to it. As with sleepless nights, when it doesn’t happen I just get up and do something else. I never try to force it. 

What piece of writing or writing achievement are you proudest of? 
The epilogue of THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS has got some very good write ups and is something I enjoyed writing very much myself. 

You now live near Bath, United Kingdom. What is the story behind your move? 
The move was pure chance. A student exchange programme brought me to London where I enjoyed a great decade of city life. After a painful relationship breakdown at a time when I lived in Brighton, I decided to make a fresh start and move to a different city, which had to be in a 2 hour radius to London. I always wanted to be close to the West Country of England and to Wales, which I am now. I was lucky the move worked out and I established great new roots quickly.

There are more books in the market than ever. How do you market and publicise your books to stay ahead of the competition
Just be yourself, write as you would like to read a story and do not try to copy anyone to be successful. There are plenty of similar plots and stories but there is only one you. 

What is the greatest compliment a reader could make? 
That the book moved or touched them in one way or another, that it changed their perspective. Those are great compliments, but “good entertainment” is equally flattering.

What is your favourite and least favourite part of the writing process? 
Editing used to be my least favourite part but I have grown quite fond of it since and I enjoy going back to a story and rewriting and pondering about the best word and the wider implication of my editing choices. Marketing is what I like least I guess. I’d love for people to just find the books without them being promised anything, but it is a necessary evil and if you get it right it is hopefully connecting the story to the right readers. 

Could you please summarise your three published works, The Luck of The Weissensteiners, Sebastian, and The Black Eagle Inn. 
THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS is the story of a group of characters of different backgrounds whose life in Czechoslovakia is turned upside down by Hitler’s politics. Love, families and livelihoods are affected in not so obvious ways as we would expect. Vienna before WW1 was often mentioned as a place where different people lived in a safe and more tolerant society. I researched those claims and chose this as setting for SEBASTIAN to examine that claim by picking another set of culturally different characters to witness and be affected by the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. THE BLACK EAGLE INN examines the life of another family, this time in Bavaria after the war. They face new circumstances and modernisation as Germany redefines itself and their own inner demons, regardless of the war.

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What are you currently writing? 
Currently I am writing A TIME TO LET GO, a contemporary coming of age novel about a family dealing with Alzheimers. 

What are your literary ambitions? 
I would like to entertain people with my stories, hopefully change their perspectives or teach them things they had not known. Obviously I would like to have a few bestsellers and awards in the future but for now writing is rewarding enough to see it as a happy hobby.


You discover more about Christoph at

http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/

and more about his books at

07 Feb 2014

Interviewed by Eden Baylee

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Read an Exchange with Author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

Reblogged from

http://edenbaylee.com/2014/02/07/read-an-exchange-with-author-christoph-fischer-cffbooks

Christoph, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. You’re a generous author who conducts many interviews on your own site, which makes me especially happy to have you as the first author interviewed under my new format. I hope you have fun, and thanks for bringing a drink along too:)

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Let’s find out a bit more about you …

Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?

At the moment I am a full time writer but I have a family and other commitments and responsibilities that can without warning demand my full attention. It is a constant struggle. Being self-published there is always something that you could be doing to promote your book. My work is never done.

Promotion is never ending, and you are extremely diligent with it. Do you have a profession other than your own you’d like to try?

I would like to be a psychologist and work in dynamic group therapies, gestalt or family constellation therapies. I imagine you see a lot of personal breakthroughs and that is very appealing to me.

I studied psychology and agree it’s wonderful to know about the mind. Is there one thing you want to do before you die?

See New Zealand, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Greenland, Alaska….

Christoph w/ dogTravel, nice! How would your best friend describe you in 20 words or less?

Dog fanatic, book obsessed, neurotic, eccentric, adolescent minded recluse with a wild imagination and a good heart.

I love this picture with your dog. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would make myself relax more. I have too much restless energy and am interested in too many things to sit still as much as I probably should.

It sounds like you’re interested in many things. As for writing, where do you draw inspiration from?

My inspiration is drawn from real life and real people but a fair bit from my over-active imagination. With my historical fiction I had family stories, rumors and anecdotes as a basis which then met the given frame of historical data and events. Once the scene was set my characters and the plot dynamically developed a life of their own.

Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

Not at all. I have to live the story together with my characters, which is why the stories often end differently than I had anticipated. The titles that I am most proud of came to me at a later stage of the writing when the underlying themes come out more clearly.

I’m the same way, titles are the last thing I come up with. Name a few of your favorite authors and books, and why you like them.

“Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts really got to me. The concept of guilt and redemption is handled very well, the idea of a spiritually led life and finding and redefining oneself is very appealing. I really cared for those characters.

“The Clay Lion” by Amalie Jahn is a wonderful story about a girl who travels in time to save her brother from dying. Time travel novels always try to be clever whereas in this case it is a legitimate tool to help the girl come to terms with death. It is a very sad but moving and inspirational story for younger readers that handles the difficult theme of dying extrememy well.

“The Barry Island Murders” by Andrew Peters is a very funny crime novel about a detective in the 1960s in Wales, long before CSI and DNA. The book is simply hilarious. I really like the writer’s style and sense of humour (esp. since I have a Welsh mother-in-law).

Great list! What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?

I love the escapism of writing and the creation of another world the most, but I also love when someone tells me they really liked my story.
The least favourite part is the marketing. I don’t like to force my books on people or assure people that they are good. I would prefer if the right people (who might enjoy it) found it by themselves.

Tell us about your typical writer’s day.

I love writing early in the morning. I walk the dogs when it is still dark and then sit down and feel still ahead of the rest of the world. By the time everyone else wakes up, I am already well into the story and can cope with disruptions of the ‘mundane’ life easier.

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What is the genre of your latest book?

The Black Eagle Inn is Historical Fiction set in post war Germany.

What inspired you to write The Black Eagle Inn?

I wondered how people lived through the years after WW2 in Germany. How a new and legitimate government could form itself and how ordinary citizens learned to live with the collective shame. We know about the Nuremberg Trials and the Nazis on the run, but little of how it would affect the people. I wrote a family saga where this theme is part of the story, although the focus is more on the personal development of the characters.

How are you marketing it?

I am marketing it as historical fiction rather than a family saga because what happens to the family represents what happens to the country as a whole. It only just qualifies as historical fiction with its time frame so close to present day.

Great covers, and it follows the first two books in the series very nicely.

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How has the reception been for The Black Eagle Inn?

Surprisingly well. I assumed without a raging war and that kind of drama going on it might be less interesting to my readers. Feedback suggests that the characters are well received.

What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Reading it would help, then talk about it, review it, recommend it, vote for it on appropriate Goodreads Lists, buy it for others… ;-)

Are you working on another book now? 

I have just finished another ‘final’ draft of “A TIME TO LET GO”,   a contemporary novel set in the UK. It is the story of a family that has different ideas on how to deal with the mother’s Alzheimers. The daughter, a stewardess, goes through some emotional turmoil and returns home where she clashes with the father. It is a personal and emotional piece and I am very excited about it as it is the first story without the historical frame to hold up the timeline.

To end off the interview, let’s do a fun lightning round!

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? Sadly my phone, kindle or i-pod

Ha! Not sad at all, mine would be my laptop.

Favorite season. Summer

The best gift you’ve ever received? A Hei-Matau fish hook pendant from my partner.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Currently vegetable smoothies and Haribo Fangtastic

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Quite the combination! 

Cat/dog/other pet? Dogs

Salty or sweet? Salty

Favorite style of music? Cheesy pop or dance

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Thank you, Christoph for sharing of yourself and your books. Below are all the links where Cehristoph can be found.

Latest Release: The Black Eagle Inn (Three Nations Trilogy Book 3)

The Black Eagle Inn is an old established Restaurant and Farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen.  Childless Anna Hinterberger has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. Religion and rivalry divide her family as one of her nephews, Markus has got her heart and another nephew, Lukas got her ear. Her husband Herbert is still missing and for the wider family life in post-war Germany also has some unexpected challenges in store.

Once again Fischer tells a family saga with war in the far background and weaves the political and religious into the personal. Being the third in the Three Nations Trilogy this book offers another perspective on war, its impact on people and the themes of nations and identity.

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The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)

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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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05 Jul 2013

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 INDEX OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS

After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone

After The Cataclysm by Inge H. Borg

Against the Tide by John F. Hanley

Agency Rules by Khalid Muhammad

Alexandra Fry, Private Eye: The Curse of the Lion’s Heart by Angella Graff

The Almost English Dictionaarony by Aaron David

The Angler and the Owl by Viv Drewa

Arielle: Immortal Awakening by Lilian Roberts

At the End of the Line by Kathryn Longino

Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Genievene

Barry Island Murders by Andrew Peters

Belfast Girls by Gerry McCullough

Bentwhistle in a Chilling Revelation by Paul Cude

Beyond Nostalgia by Tom Winton

Blind King by Lana Axe

Blind Servitude by David Chattaway

Blood & Spirits by Dennis Sharpe

Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman

The Blues Detective by Andrew Peters

The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty

The Bones of Others by Vickie McKeehan

Boone’s Journey by Kirstin Pulioff

Bridge Ices Before Road by Sienna Rose

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

Burning Down Rome by Melodie Ramone

Butterfly Season by Natasha Ahmed

By Grace by Arletta Dawdy

Caged by Sophie Davis

Captain Pegleg and the Greatest Treasure by Graham Austin-King

The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

Catoris Worlds by Murielle Cur

Chimeras: A Medical Mystery by E.E. Giorgi

Chinese Laundries by John Jung

Circle of Five by Jan Raymond

The Citizens by L.M. Smith

The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn

Cloud Diary by Tony Gilbert

Coffin Girls by Aneesa Price

Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor

Cornered Coyote by Dianne Harman

Corporate America by Jack Dougherty

Council of Peacocks by M. Joseph Murphy

Covert Dreams by Mike Meyer 

Coyote in Provence by Dianne Harman

Crashing Down to Earth by Terry Reid

Cry Before Supper by Julia Rose

Culloo by Murielle Cyr

Curse The Moon: Atcho Rises by Lee Jackson

Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squiers

Dancing Barefoot by Amber Lea Easton

Dancing With a Dead Horse by Danielle DeVor

Daughters of Iraq by Revital Shiri-Horowitz

Dawn At Last by Lawrence Grodecki

A Dead Husband by Anna Burke

Deadly Secrets by Angel Sefer

Delusions of Grandeur by Jason Najum

Destiny Nexus By Ceri London

Destroyer of Worlds by Dennis Sharpe

Devil’s Liege by Danielle DeVor

The Dividing Season by Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

Dominoes by CB Blaha

The Dracula Chronicles by Shane O’Neill

Driftwood from the Specific by A P Gilbert

Duke and Michael by Elias Zapple

Ella Hays by Lori Crane

“Elsie, Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher: 1913-1916″ by Barbara Anne Waite

Emancipating Alice by Ada Winder

Entombed (Rune, Episode IV) by J.H. Glaze

Escaping Psychiatry by Olga Nunez Miret

Every Silver Lining has Its Cloud by Scott Stevens

Everyone Burns by John Dolan

Extinction Horizon by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

A Fallen Hero by M. Joseph Murphy

Family, Lust and Cameras by Olga Nunez Miret

The Famous Union by Mike Meyer

Fat Chance by Malla Duncan

A Favorite Son by Uvy Poznanskzy

Finding Her Feet by Jams N Roses

Finding Promise by Aneesa Price

The Fix by Michael Balkind

Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost by Tom Winton

Free Fall by Amber Lea Easton

Geared at the Present by Dana Bennett

Glimmer by Melodie Ramone

A Glimpse of Heaven (The Philosophy of True Health) by Dr. Glem Hepker

The Golden Grave by David Lawlor

The Gordonston Ladies Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead

Growing Up Country by Carol Bodensteiner

Hattie by Anna Bozena Bowen

Head Case by Jennifer Oko

Hell’s Gift by K.S. Haigwood

Hetta Coffey by Jinx Schwartz

Hexe by Skadi Winter

Him by S.R. Mallery

His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin

Home for Love by Aneesa Price

The Horror Challenge III by J.H. Glaze

How was I supposed to Know by Lorna Lee

Huachuca Woman by Arletta Dawdy

The Human Forged by Anthony J. Melchiorri

Hybrid by Vaneesa Weston

The Ian Fleming Files by Damian Stevenson

I Can See You by Joss Landry

I hate Cell Phones by Mike Ronny

Into the Vast by D.J.Edwardson

Irradiance (Dreamguild Chronicles) by David Bruns

The Ivory Tower by Kirstin Pulioff

Italian Summer by Maria Grazia Swann

A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard

Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

Jellybean the Dragon by Elias Zapple

Joe Soap by Andrew Peters

Journey to Jazzland by Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Joyscope by Tiffany Kay Brett

The Judas Kiss by Angella Graff

Justice by Jade Varden

Just a Bit of Banter, Like by Chris Westlake

Khamsin, The Devil Wind of the Nile by Inge H. Borg

Kicker by R. Grey Hoover

The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

The Last Boat by John F. Hanley

The Last MacKlenna by Katherine Lowry Logan

Leap The Wild Water by Jenny Lloyd

A Lethal Legacy by P.C.Zick

A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon

The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis

Look Not unto the Marrow by Robert Fantina

The Lost Pearl by Lara Zuberi

Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova

Macabre Moments by Brian Bigelow

Mad Days of Me: Escaping Barcelona by Martin Henry

The Mandrake Hotel and Resort To Violence If Necessary by Jarod Kintz

Memento Mori by Katy O’Dowd

Memories are Precious: Alzheimer’s Journey: Ruth’s Story by Fran Lewis

A Menu of Death by Lucy Pireel

The Missing Half by Brooke Powley

Moscow Dreams by Julia Gousseva

The Mosquito and the Teapot by Aamani Gurajada

Mr Alhourani’s Dead Man Spots by D.M.Lee

Mr. Darcy’s Dogs by Barbara Silkstone

Murder and Mayhem at Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz

Murder in the Synagogue by T.V. LoCicero

My Prison Without Bars by Taylor Fulks

Nature Calls by Bonnie Bernard

New Fire by Philip Dickinson

NGLND XPX by Ian Hutson

The Night I Dance With Rommel by Elisabeth Marrion

The Night Watchman by Richard Zimler

The Nightlife: Moscow by Travis Ludke

Nobody Loves  a Bigfoot like a Bigfoot Babe by Phantom Bigfoot

Noone’s Daughter by Jasmine Bath

The Obsession by T.V. LoCicero

October Snow by Jenna Brooks

Of Kings and Queens by Suneeta Misra

Of Words and Water 

Oh Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century by John PaulGodgess

Okatibbee Creek by Lori Crane

Olivia, Mourning by Yael Politis

Only The Cold Remains by Curran Geist

ORBS by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Orbs II: Stranded by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The Outback by David Clarkson

The Palaver Tree by Wendy Unsworth

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

Pawn by Sophie Davis

Pebbles by Madhu Kalyan Mattaparthi and Gunjan Vyas

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

Phantom Bigfoot and the Vampettes from Venus by Simon Okill

A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon

The Poison Tree by John Dolan

Portals by Maer Wilson

Portrait of Our Marriage by Martha Emms

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

Princess Gives it Away by Dab10

Purple by Graham J. Sharpe

Quietus by David Chattaway

Rani of Rampur by Suneeta Misra

Red Gone Bad by Lucy Pireel

The Refugees by L.M. Smith

Reich by Drew Avera

The Reluctant Jesus by Duncan Whitehead

Riding Through It by Carol McKibben

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

Rivka’s War by Marilyn Oser

Roaring Zeros by Nate McIntyre

The Road To London by Adriano Bulla

Rogue Genesis by Ceri London

The Saladin Stategy by Norm Clark

The Scarlet Ribbon by Derry O’Dowd

“The 2nd Shift” by Jolie DeMarco

Send No Angel by J.H. Glaze

September Again by Hunter S Jones

September Ends by Hunter S Jones

September First by Hunter S. Jones

Shattered Dreams: The Arranged Marriage by Jyotsna Ramani

Shattered Reality by Brenda Perlin

She Found Them by Dab10

The Shepherd by Travis Luedke

Shimmer In The Dark: Rogue Genesis by Ceri London

Sideshow at Honey Creek by Steven D. Malone

Sight: Dreamguild Chronicles by David Bruns

Singing Sands by David Chattaway

The Sity by Curran Geist

Sleepover Zoo by Brenda Kearns

Sliding on the Snow Stone by Andy Szpuk

Smokescreen by Khaled Tahib

Something Bad by Dab10

The Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington by Thomas Ferreolus

Spellbound in His Arms by Angel Sefer

St. Viper’s School for Super Villains #1 by Kim Donovan

Stealing Asia by David Clarkson

Stories for Homes 

Stormy Weather by Dermot Davis

The Struggle of Me by Chamera Sampson

The Succubus In A Red Dress by Dan Garcia

Suicide Song (Songs) by Wanda Hartzenberg

Supernatural Seduction by Aneesa Price

Switch by Karen Prince

Talented by Sophie Davis

Tea Party Teddy by Dianne Harman

Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy by Dianne Harman

The Day I Washed my Head in the Toilet by Brenda Kearns

There’s Nothing Wrong with Claudia by Brenda Kearns

Three Days of Rain by Christine Hughes

Three Kitties That Saved My Life by Mike Meyer

A Time of Traitors by David Lawlor

Torn by Christine Hughes

Trails in the Sand by P.C. Zick

The Trip by Tim Morgan

Triton by Yelle Hughes

Turtle Wish by Murielle Cyr

Unexpected Gifts by S.R. Mallery

Unthinkable Consequences by Bob Rector

Until the Robin walks on Snow by Bernice L. Rocque

Valley of Thracians by Ellis Shuman

The Village Idiots EBAY CLUB by Charlie Bray

The Vril Codex by Ben Manning

The Warrior by Ty Patterson

When I was German by Alan Wynzal

A Whisper in the Jungle (A Lion in America 1) by Robert Mwangi

Why she left us by David Dennis

A World of Possibility by ASMSG Authors

The Younger Man by Dermot Davis

Zen & Sex by Dermot Davis

 

 

21 Dec 2013

Best of 2013 – Top Posts and Books on my Blog

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Here are the ten most popular posts on this blog from 2013 

calculated by views, hits and shares:

1. Free Fall by Amber Lea Easton

2. Every Silver Lining has Its Cloud by Scott Stevens

3. Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky

4. After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone

5. Singing Sands by David Chattaway

6. Pebbles by Madhu Kalyan Mattaparthi and Gunjan Vyas 

7. The Last MacKlenna by Katherine Lowry Logan

8. Love is Never Past Tense by Janna Yeshanova  images (14)

9. Red Gone Bad by Lucy Pireel

10. Moscow Dreams by Julia Gousseva

Runners up were

The Dracula Chronicles by Shane O’Neill

Kicker by R. Grey Hoover

A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon

Switch by Karen Prince

Let me add to this my favourite posts.

My blog is not open to requests and I hardly ever participate in blog tours. Every book featured here is a recommendation, so the following picks are pretty much  ex aequo. 

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Critics Choice Drama:

 Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman

Bridge Ices Before Road by Sienna Rose

Home for Love by Aneesa Price

The Lost Pearl by Lara Zuberi

Portrait of Our Marriage by Martha Emms

September Ends by Hunter S Jones

Shattered Dreams: The Arranged Marriage by Jyotsna Ramani

The Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington by Thomas Ferreolus

Three Days of Rain by Christine Hughes

A Whisper in the Jungle (A Lion in America 1) by Robert Mwangi

Crime/Fantasy/Horror:

The Citizens by L.M. Smith images (13)

A Lethal Legacy by P.C.Zick

Nature Calls by Bonnie Bernard

ORBS by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Pawn by Sophie Davis

Send No Angel by J.H. Glaze 

She Found Them by Dab10

Stealing Asia by David Clarkson

 Valley of Thracians by Ellis Shuman

Factual/ ‘Friction’:

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

Chinese Laundries by John Jung  images (17)

Growing Up Country by Carol Bodensteiner

How was I supposed to Know by Lorna Lee

Murder in the Synagogue by T.V. LoCicero

When I was German by Alan Wynzal

Humour:

The Almost English Dictionaarony by Aaron David

Barry Island Murders by Andrew Peters  images (15)

Everyone Burns by John Dolan

Fat Chance by Malla Duncan

Fur Ball Fever by Maureen Fisher

The Gordonston Ladies Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead

Hetta Coffey by Jinx Schwartz

Murder and Mayhem at Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz

NGLND XPX by Ian Hutson

Nobody Loves  a Bigfoot like a Bigfoot Babe by Phantom Bigfoot

For Young Readers:

The Clay Lion by Amelie Jahn

Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor

Journey to Jazzland by Gia Volterra de Saulnier

The Shepherd by Travis Luedke

The Struggle of Me by Chamera Sampson

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Turtle Wish by Murielle Cyr

History:

Against the Tide by John F. Hanley

Daughters of Iraq by Revital Shiri-Horowitz

Ella Hays by Lori Crane

Hattie by Anna Bozena Bowen

Huachuca Woman by Arletta Dawdy

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

The Scarlet Ribbon by Derry O’Dowd

Sliding on the Snow Stone by Andy Szpuk

Unexpected Gifts by S.R. Mallery

Until the Robin walks on Snow by Bernice L. Rocque

 

Needless to say that I could have added many more books and authors to the list. It has been a busy reading year for me .

THANKS EVERYONE – KEEP READING AND WRITING or BUYING MY BOOKS 😉

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