Welcome Christoph Fischer, it is awesome having you…I mean you’re the author of the moment!
My dear Lobers you should know that, aside a career full of achievements, recently, Christoph’s very first book, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners,” has downloaded, during a giveaway planned for celebrating the release of his new medical thriller “The Healer” (Jan 16th, 2015), more than 60K copies.
Yes, you read it right! And…correct again! Christoph Fischer is the Best Selling Author by definition!
Now Christoph, allow me to ask you something more about yourself:
How did you come to writing?
Completely by accident. I’ve always been an avid reader but writing was never planned or even on the horizon. Four years ago I was bored and attempted to write a short story. That eventually turned into a full sized novel. Ancestry research then got me into history and created the ideas for the next three (historical) novels. I’ve not stopped writing since.
How did you come up with your stories?
The idea for my latest book, “The Healer”, came from my partner, who had a dream about one such healer. We were on a long car journey and discussed ways of how this could become the topic of a book. I personally have experienced healing that defies reason but I’ve also seen some real charlatans in that area.
I think this makes me the right person to have written this story with its ambiguous character because I have an open and undecided mind towards the profession.
Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?
As Erica, the 44 year old advertising executive, I see Catherine Keener or Naomi Watts.
For Arpan, the ageing healer, I’d pick Liam Neeson or Dustin Hoffman.
Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?
In this book, for once, nothing was planned. I started writing the story with a different concept altogether but then decided to turn it into a thriller when I was at page 78 of the first draft. When I re-wrote it I left my options open for the ending for as long as I could. The story decided for me which ones needed to be abandoned but I didn’t know myself where the story would settle until I wrote the last chapter. Then I had to go back and “even things out”.
What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?
I love writing the first few drafts the most; when the story is still unfolding and has plenty of potential. I’m growing to like editing but it’s not my favourite part of the process.
What is your advice to new writers?
Believe in yourself, write and work on your craft, and don’t let others discourage you.
What makes you laugh?
My dogs, my partner, slapstick humour, silly, adolescent jokes, Big Bang Theory, Friends etc,
What makes you cry?
TV appeals for starving children, selfish and ignorant people, “Six Feet Under” (Final Episode)
What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?
My ipod, a Gameboy and my kindle, (assuming there are a survival guide and an Axe somewhere already)
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
The current Pope, to see if he is as good as he appears to be.
Hot or cold?
Salty or sweet?
What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality? What would you chose as those qualities?
My friends would say that I’m loyal and eccentric, and I would have to agree.
What song would you pick to go with your book?
I can’t decide between
Sheryl Crow: Tomorrow Never Dies
Cyndie Lauper: True Colours
How do you handle criticism of your work?
Overall, I think quite well. I appreciate constructive comments. They serve as useful tools and help to improve my writing. Some criticism is down to personal taste and with that you can’t argue, and a small percentage use reviews to vent anger, and that I’m learning to recognise and to ignore.
Okay, thanks so much Christoph, but, now, allow me to ask you the question all of us are wondering about, and also the one you knew was coming! Just to understand, he is one of those few guys who manage success and celebrity by becoming even more kind and friendly, and believe me he has always been a true gentleman from the start.
So…ready? How did your great success feel?
I’m still in shock. It feels humbling and amazing. I received so much support from others to spread the word, it was phenomenal.
I credit my friend Daz Smith and his cover design for attracting so much immediate attention. I found it also very reassuring that the topic and my blurb didn’t seem too dry for the people who downloaded the book.
Thank you again Christoph, it was a true pleasure having you here, although something is telling me that you’ll be our guest very, very often.