15 Oct 2015

Edgar, a character from my forthcoming novel CONDITIONED

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

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

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

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Conditions

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

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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: 

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Conditions

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

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14 Oct 2015

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

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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.

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13 Aug 2015

Why a sequel to CONDITIONS?

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The short answer is: I left a few of the characters in the lurch and wanted to give them a much needed closure. Book_marketing2-lrg

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.PhotoFunia-1406374f

 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.

The book is being edited now and is set for a fall release.

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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.

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

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17 Oct 2014

“Things aren’t always as they seem…” – a fantastic review of my new book “Conditions”

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I had the perfect start to my day when I found this ever so thoughtful and very kind review of “Conditions”. The endorsement comes from a talented writer and a woman with a background on social and behavioural sciences. Not that this should matter, since any praise and feedback is naturally welcome but read for yourself. 
Thank you Anna Burke and everyone for  your support and sharing the journey with me.
Here is the review:

Things aren’t always as they seem…We humans seem to love to name things, sort and tuck them neatly into categories. I get it. It’s a way for a busy, crowded brain to sift through and assimilate massive amounts of information in a reasonable amount of time. Can you imagine a world where every situation or event is taken on the face of it as a completely new and original one? It’s a kind of shorthand we use, an important and very basic capacity that lays the foundation for language and history and science and just getting through the day.

When it comes to people, we like to do the same thing. Despite that admonition not to judge a book by its cover, we often do just that. Peg people based on a superficial or incomplete understanding of who they are. For humans, labels, at best, convey something narrow and delimited about a particular aspect of an individual’s nature or status. That ‘shorthand’ strategy may not serve us quite so well.

All of this is a bit of a windup in order to place Christoph Fischer’s latest book, Conditions, in context. It’s an unassuming book that takes a thoughtful and intimate look at some very weighty subjects. One of those ‘slice of life’ stories, it captures interactions among a group of family and friends brought together by a key life event. In this case the death of the mother to Charles and Tony. The two brothers, struggling toward middle age, are central figures in the book. They couldn’t be more different, on the face of it. Tony is the successful responsible older brother, with a job, a mortgage, a wife and children. Charles, on the other hand, is a single man with a serious and persistent mental illness who, at times, is unable to even care for himself. Fischer’s book asks us to beware, however, of pigeon-holing these two brothers and tagging one as ‘normal’ and successful and the other as, well, less.

If labels are less than ideal when it comes to dealing with people, they’re even trickier when using them as a way to make sense out of the life and experience of persons with mental health conditions. Fischer doesn’t go there in his book. He sets aside the matter of naming Charles’ disorder, leaves it open-ended. I think that makes the man’s condition a far more interesting—less a mental patient and more a human being facing his own limitations and trying to understand those of others. Like his brother. One of the big hurdles someone with a severe mental illness faces is the social distance created by difference. By avoiding the use of labels, Fischer closes the social distance between the two brothers, especially when some of Tony’s life struggles are revealed. On some level he and his brother are the same—two men looking for ways to deal with the problems of living.

The book provides glimpses into the challenges placed upon a person with a mental illness—challenges that impinge on friends and family, too. The helpless feeling those around Charles experience, at times, is all too familiar to anyone with a friend or family member like Charles. The brief descriptions of Charles’ encounters with the mental health system speak for themselves. After thirty years in the social and behavioral sciences, it’s a disappointment to me that we know so little, and fail to use what we do know, to support individuals with mental illness. Charles, for all the challenges of his condition, is a lucky man. In most any big city, or big city jail, it’s not hard to find with those like Charles who are less fortunate.

Bravo to Christoph Fischer for writing this gently provocative book. This book is recommended for readers who enjoy family sagas and stories about humans trying to do their best to figure it all out.

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Conditions Book_marketing2-lrg

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.

16 Oct 2014

FANTASTIC REVIEW of my new novel “CONDITIONS”, out now #mentalhealth #asmsg #release

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My new book  “Conditions” has just gone live on Amazon. The novel is a gentle drama about mental health, family, a funeral and friendship. Although my fifth book published it is the very first one I wrote, many years ago. Here is what S. Rose had to say:

“Like a lighthouse beacon on a treacherous coast, Christoph Fischer’s novel illuminates the darkness of man living with a mental disorder.

Charles has a noticeably atypical mind, perhaps mild autism and most certainly bipolar disorder. Since childhood, he has struggled to exist in a world created by and for “normal”, or what some call neuro-typical people, a world he cannot always understand and which most people take for granted. 

The strain on his family has left its mark; his own brother doubts that Charles truly has a legitimate illness, and bitterly resents him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources while they were growing up. As the story begins, Tony has long been estranged from Charles, and the situation seems intractable.

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.

I heartily applaud Fischer’s contribution towards enlightening people without preaching; in helping us take an in-depth look at mental illness and its toll on sufferers, as well as their families. Even more importantly, he has put a lovable face on a stigmatized group, and left us feeling hopeful that with love, understanding, and proper medical care, mentally ill and autistic people can not only lead a full life, but enrich our world with their creative gifts.

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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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