Suzanne’s Note: I met writer Christoph Fischer when our books appeared together in the original At Odds with Destiny anthology. Like me, he isn’t limited to one or two genres; from Jewish history, to psychological thriller, family life and coming of age, to German history and medical thrillers. Each one is equally compelling!Through intense research and innate compassion, Christoph transports the reader through history and experience.
Meet my friend, writer Christoph Fischer. Below find a sampling of my favorites.
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
The Luck of the Weissensteiners is the first book of the Three Nations Trilogy
The Luck of the Weissensteiners is an epic saga set in wartime Eastern Europe. It follows the lives of two families – one Jewish, one Catholic – and their entwined survival amidst the backdrop of the second world war; first the fascist then the communist invasion and occupation of Slovakia, and the horror of the consequences of war. The reader is transported to a world of deception, fear, distrust and betrayal, alongside enduring love and family drama. Weissensteiners is a magnificent tale of human survival.
The Healer When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons. casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?
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 – which completes his ‘Three Nations Trilogy’. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions”, another contemporary novel, 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 latest thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
An Interview with Christoph Fischer
- How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
I never had the plan to write. A psychic told me that I would write books and I laughed it off. In a self-fulfilling prophecy type of way I then started to think about it and within the space of a few weeks I write a short story that then became a full novel. I treated this more as an experiment and didn’t think about publishing until I had written drafts for seven more novels.
- Did you launch into self-publishing immediately or did you try the traditional route first?
I attended a course by Hay House Publishing on self-publishing and on hearing how hard it is to even get a meeting with agents, let alone publishers, I decided to go it alone. I wanted to see first if readers would like my books before subjecting myself to the thorny experience of ‘begging to be heard’.
- What was the most difficult part of the journey?
Understanding how to use social media. It is a very dynamic environment and just when you think you got it right, a new platform opens up or one closes down. Marketing takes up too much of my time that I would prefer spending writing.
- You have several books, including a series. Do you want to do a stand alone? Or are you compelled to continue your series? Or both?
I think both. I don’t like series which are too repetitive, so I was initially drawn to write stand alone books. My “Three Nations Trilogy” series has a thematic rather than a plot and character link. However, some readers’ comments and questions encouraged me to write sequels to my mental health drama “Conditions” and my thriller “The Healer”. I’m more of an impulsive writer and need to be ‘inspired’ or the words won’t flow, which makes it hard to commit to a series.
- Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
I have some vague plans and outlines but keep a very open mind throughout. For many of my novels I need to do extensive research before I can start, during which time the plans can already change.
- Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?
I have a quiet corner in my house, overlooking the garden. I like to write early in the morning when it is quiet, with my dogs lying at my feet. Noise can be a big hindrance but once I’m in full flow I barely notice things around me.
- Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
I can have several projects in the works but I only work on one at a time. I’ve contributed two short stories to Brenda Perlin’s anthology “Punk Rocker”, which will come out in May. I also just finished the final edits for my novel “African August”, which will be part of “The Art of WaAR” anthology in aid of the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Centre. Now I will look at the feedback from beta readers for my wip, a comic mystery novel set in rural England. After one or two re-writes, the plan is to put it aside and return my attention to the sequel for “The Healer”.
- What encourages you to write? Discourages? What do you do to motive yourself through the rough times?
When I have an idea for a novel it almost becomes a compulsion to write it down and get it out of my head. When I hit writer’s block or lack of motivation I actually welcome it because it frees up time for marketing and life in the ‘real world’. I don’t force it and turn my mind to other things until the story catches up with me again.
Where to Find Christoph Fischer