Interview with author Christoph Fischer – participant of Carmarthen Book Fair 2016
Hi Christoph, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a German ex-pat living in Llandeilo. I come from a large family in Bavaria but decided to explore the big wide world on my own. Now I’ve settled down with my partner and three dogs. I used to work in libraries and the travel industry and came to writing late in life.
What were you like at school?
I used to be a keen student until life started to distract me and I found books, music and occupations for my time that the teachers didn’t recommend.
Which writers inspire you?
Lionel Shriver, Anne Tyler, Armistead Maupin, Brett Easton Ellis, Judith Barrow, Sally Spedding
So, what have you written?
Ten novels so far: Five historical novels set in the 20th century, of which “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” and “Ludwika” seem to be most popular.
Three contemporary family dramas about Alzheimers’ and mental health, and a two thrillers, most notably “The Healer”.
Where can we buy or see them?
Amazon, Smashwords and Itunes
On iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LL9CF
How much research do you do?
I do a fair amount of research, especially for the historical novels. It is one of my favorite parts of writing, when I find details and facts that I hadn’t known about before.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time. My other commitments fluctuate, so sometimes I enjoy the luxury of writing full-time.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I prefer writing in the morning, after walking my dogs and before the rest of the world gets up and keeps me busy.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
That it is so time-consuming. With marketing to do as well, it can be very anti-social.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The subject of my latest book, Ludwika, was a real person and I’m friends with her descendants. It was hard making the character go through everything in the book, knowing that so much of it wasn’t just my imagination. I wanted to spare her time and time again but couldn’t.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
For me that is writing the first draft. I usually sit on an idea for a while and when it is ready to be put on a page everything happens really fast.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Touch wood, no. However, whenever the words don’t flow I turn to the many other things a writer must do, such as marketing, and don’t dwell on the feeling of a ‘block’.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I read a lot and I have a lot of favourite authors: Christos Tsiolkas, Tom Winton, Murielle Cyr, Dermot Davis, Rebecca Bryn, Patrick Gale, Richard Yates, Melodie Ramone, Olga Nunez Miret, Carol Lovekin, Elisabeth Marrion…
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer paperbacks. Holding them, reading the title, associating the cover art with the content, knowing the scratches and dents on the pages – you develop a real connection with the book. With some E-books I often forget the title and the author and after I read it the book sinks into the bottom of the file library, literally never to be seen again. The real books are all on shelves.
What book/s are you reading at present?
“White is the coldest color” by John Nicholl – e-book, Haruki Murakami “Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki” Hard Cover, “The Man behind the Glass” by Greg Howes, paperback
Are you looking forward to the Carmarthen Book Fair 2016? And if so, why?
Very much so. There are some fantastic writers at the fair, many of which I have seen at other fairs but never got round to speak to them about their work and get autographed copies of their books. Sally Spedding and John Thompson in particular.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?