Welcome to the Open House and I am sure that many of you will already be familiar with my guest today, author and blogger Christoph Fischer
I will of course be showcasing Christoph’s latest book Ludwika – A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany, but first a brief overview of Christoph’s life, his books and his blog here on WordPress.
Christoph Fischer is the best-selling author of many books that have received outstanding reviews. These include The Luck of the Weissensteiners, The Healer, Conditions and the sequel Conditioned.
Christoph relocated to Wales last year and has taken to the culture and his new surroundings like a duck to water.. Well it is Wales and if I remember rightly from my years there… It has quite a bit of rain. This year sees the start of a brand new project for Christoph and one I am sure will be very popular with Welsh authors. The Llandeilo Book Fair with details later in the post.
Christoph was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. 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 with his partner and beloved labradoodles in a small town in West Wales.
He enjoyed a fascinating career which involved working for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. Christoph is now firmly established as an author with books such as ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ which 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 the thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015 and Conditioned in October 2015.
With the move to Wales comes the opportunity to celebrate the amazing scenery and the literary talent that has always been a part of this countries proud heritage.
Christoph’s love of history is also celebrated on Saturdays with his interviews of historical novelists and here is this week’s post. https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/saturday-historical-novelist-interview-with-bill-douglas/
You will also find book reviews: https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/review-running-with-crows-the-life-and-death-of-a-black-and-tan-by-d-j-kelly/
About Christoph’s latest book. Ludwika – A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany
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.
What the readers are saying:
It’s so important for us to all be reminded of the horrible events of WW2 and this story made one feel … By Beverly Couch on February 4, 2016
I was totally captivated by this story and couldn’t put it down. It’s so important for us to all be reminded of the horrible events of WW2 and this story made one feel like you were right there! Very awesome story!!!
Intriguing perspective By Sarah on February 1, 2016
I’ve read a lot of historical fiction books and I’ve never read one from the non Jew Polish perspective. It really makes you realize just how many peoples lives were affected and the aftermath. People just didn’t go back to living their lives normally when it was over. Very good read.
Polish point of view during the war was very interesting By beach gooses on January 31, 2016
Could not put this book down. It had me crying then smiling. Since I am from Polish decent, it was very interesting to see the war from the Polish side of things. Most books only give the Jewish side.
A selection of other books by Christoph Fischer
Buy all of Christoph’s books: Amazon: http://ow.ly/BtveY
Now time to hand over to Christoph for his answers to the four questions he has chosen and some news of his latest work in progress.
What genre do you read and your favourite authors?
You’ll regret asking a book lover that question:
I love reading historical fiction or novels set in different cultures the most. Books are a great way to learn and to glimpse into another world. For that I like them to be based in reality. Novels by Khaled Hosseini, Tan Twan Eng, Judith Barrow, Gregory David Roberts, Miriam Drori and Mary Smith had all a huge impact on me because they showed me lives so different to my own, yet they made me feel I was living in those times and places.
For a similar reason biographies can be really fascinating. Some of my favourite writers are Sarah Jane Butfield and Frank Kusy, who wrote about their lives in various countries and professions.
Serious writers, such as Lionel Shriver, Uvi Poznansky, Tom Winton, Lesley Hayes, Dermot Davis, Brett Easton Ellis, Richard Yates and Christos Tsiolkas also keep me hooked. I love their great characters with bite and contradictions.
I’ve taken the odd plunge into fantasy, horror or science fiction but prefer action and comedies when it comes to light-hearted entertainment. I can recommend Tom Sharpe, Ian Hutson and Aaron David for that.
Sorry for this long answer. You see, I’m very passionate about books.
Which is your favourite leisure pastime?
Spending so much time in front of the computer, I would have to say it is running or hiking in the countryside, preferably with my dogs. There is nothing better than a complete break from IT and networks and being part of unspoilt nature. I’m very lucky to live in sparsely populated West Wales, where you have an abundance of hills and wonderfully green landscape.
As an author and if one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?
I currently have a soft spot for Ruth Wilson, who was phenomenal in both, “The Affair” and “Luther”. I could see her easily as Greta in “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”, where she would play an idealistic, warm-hearted woman coming to terms with the harsh reality of being Jewish in Slovakia during WW2.
Ruth Wilson can appear naïve and cunning and express much without having to say anything. In fact, she would also be perfect for “Ludwika”, a young Polish woman who struggles to survive as slave worker in Nazi Germany. Although quite different in character to Greta, the two roles would have some similar traits.
I’d give Ruth even one more part: that of Erica Whittaker in my thriller “The Healer” where she would have to play a sceptic approaching a faith healer as last attempt to beat cancer. She could carry off the despair and effortlessly deliver the cynical and biting dialogue.
Which four famous guests would you ask to a dinner party and why?
I’m very torn between a dinner party where I can meet very interesting people and one that would bring politicians together to solve a concrete problem, such as the Syrian refugee crisis or Tibet. If the latter, it would be Hilary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin for the power and The Dalai Lama for the right spirit.
For a good conversation I would like to invite Keanu Reeves (he’s posted some pretty inspiring stuff on social media), Susan Sarandon (very intelligent and charming), Tristram Hunt (UK politician whom I admire for his eloquence and education) and Lionel Shriver (I met her at an author event and she had excellent answers to all questions)…
…the list could go on and on….
What are your current projects?:
I’ve just completed a large giveaway for my newest novel, Ludwika and am still in the middle of the initial publicity rush.
Halina and Ludwika
The story is based on a real person and we’re trying to re-connect separated branches of Ludwika’s family in the Uk and Poland. Beyond that, I’m currently organising a book fair in Llandeilo on April 30th.
It’s time that we come away from the all-in-one concept of London- and Amazon-centricity and return to the real world and our local ambience.
I’ve invited a broad selection of Welsh authors to come together and showcase their talent. Llandeilo has a rich art scene and frequently hosts Jazz and other festivals. It’s an inviting and beautiful location and the residents have responded with great enthusiasm to my plans so far.
The line-up of authors includes some fabulous talent and I can’t wait to meet them in person after having interviewed so many of them on my blog.
The Facebook Page for the Fair is https://www.facebook.com/Llandeilo-Book-Fair-2016-428923113964907/
My thanks to Christoph for such a great response and we all look forward to hearing reports of the Llandeilo Book Fair which I am sure will become a very popular annual fixture.
Links to connect with Christoph and buy his books.
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106213860775307052243
Thank you so much for dropping in to the Open House and if you would like to be a guest and showcase your books, art, music here then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the link to the questions.
I would be very grateful for your feedback and of course if you could share on your own networks.. Have a great Sunday.. thanks again Sally