Interview with Katharina Gerlach

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle of a forest in Northern Germany. Of course, this influenced me heavily -- from my preference of fantasy and mythology to my choice of studies (forestry, no wonder there). To this day, the best place to be for me would be on a blanket in a secluded spot in a forest with a book in my hand.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm agented but German publishers are currently too scared to pick up new authors that don't fit the bins they created for their books. My stories always have (and always will) broken the barriers. In them, I mix biology with science and fantasy (Paralan's Children), history with fantasy (Urchin King), fantasy with crime (Swordplay) and more. Naturally, I'm not a favorite author of German publishers despite the fact that agents and editors love my stories. Since I knew there had to be people out there who would like to read boundary breaking stories, I went Indie and never looked back.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not at all. I do sell a few copies now and then, but that's it. The biggest advantage of Smashwords is that it gets my books into shops where non-US authors cannot open an account (like B&N etc.)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing.

Oh, and feedback, of course. Even if someone doesn't like one of my stories and tells me so, I'm thrilled to know that (s)he went to the trouble of telling me. Every review means that I evoked enough emotion to elicit a response (not that I get many negative reviews, mind you). Sure, I prefer being mollycoddled (who doesn't), but I always take an honest, thoughtful review over a caffe latte, thank you.
What are you working on next?
Well see. I love surprises, any my Muse loves to surprise me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspires? Forces you mean. It's the alarm and the knowledge that my kids wouldn't get packed lunch if I don't move. And since I'm up already I might as well get to work.

But the second I sit down to write, motivation washed through me like a tidal current and I find it hard to drag myself away when it's time to stop.
Published 2013-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Characters in Swordplay
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Price: Free! Words: 20,660. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In a world where everything is powered by magic, the Gendarmerie Magique needs specialists to fight crimes committed with magic. A gendarme who can't use magic is a liability. Moira is magically challenged. However, her biggest dream is a place in the Gendarmerie, and she refuses to let her disability get in the way.
Charaktere in Waffenruhe
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Price: Free! Words: 22,450. Language: German. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
In einer Welt, in der Magie alles mit Energie versorgt, braucht die Gendarmerie Magique Spezialisten, um Verbrechen mit magischem Hintergrund aufzuklären. Ein Gendarm ohne Magie, ist eine Gefahr für seine Kollegen. Moira hat Schwierigkeiten mit Magie. Trotzdem ist ihr größter Traum ein Platz bei der Gendarmerie, und sie weigert sich, sich von ihrer Behinderung an der Erfüllung hindern zu lassen.
Swordplay - A Gendarmerie Magique Novel
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,940. Language: American English. Published: January 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
CSI with magic but without the gore Moira Bellamie apprentices with the Gendarmerie Magique, the magic police. To keep the hard won job, she puts all her effort into solving a burglary at the National Museum. When more and more people are murdered with one of the stolen weapons, Moira must tame uncontrollable magic before it is too late. For lovers of Fantasy and Mystery from 14 years up
Waffenruhe - Ein Roman der Gendarmerie Magique
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 92,880. Language: German. Published: January 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
CSI mit Magie aber (fast) ohne Ekelfaktor Moira Bellamie hat einen Praktikumsplatz bei der Gendarmerie Magique, der magischen Polizei. Um den hart erkämpften Job zu behalten, steckt sie all ihre Energie in die Aufklärung eines Einbruchs im Nationalmuseum. Als Menschen mit den gestohlenen Waffen ermordet werden, muss Moira unkontrollierbare Magie zähmen bevor es zu spät ist.
Gifts for Holly
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,900. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Nine characters named Holly. Nine stories. Not two of them alike... ... but many with dragons. Read stories like Storm's End: When an injured dragon meteorologist crash-lands in an empty barn, she must make friends with the enemy to keep from restarting an old war. or Delete: Computer program Holly wants to be free from her confines, but accessing the net is dangerous. Will her programmer help?
Fleisch & Blut
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,100. Language: German. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Der Engel: Der todkranke Van Cleft sehnt sich nach einem neuen Körper, aber ist der eines Engels wirklich die beste Wahl? Hochzeitsnächte: Kind-Vampir Constance hasst die Jagd und nun reichen ihre Energiereserven vielleicht nicht mehr, ihre aggressive Beute zu überwältigen.
Flesh & Blood
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: American English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
The Angel: Dying Van Cleft craves another body but is that of an angel really his best bet? Wedding Nights: Child-vampire Constance hates hunting and now, her energy might not suffice to seize her vicious prey. In these two dark fantasy short stories, the horror lurks in unexpected corners, and for those who are willing to see, there is a twisted kind of humor hidden within.
The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Mother Nature
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Series: 33 Worst Mistakes for Writers, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,920. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2012 by A Conspiracy of Authors. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
This book is not just about mistakes writers make but about things they tend to neglect. However it will not tell you "How To" create a world. That is still up to you but the most important point is to create an abundance of living beings and all they need to survive in a believable way.
Amadi, der Phoenix, die Sphinx und der Djinn
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 77,740. Language: German. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Amadi hasst es ein Mädchen zu sein. Es gelingt ihr, eine Lehrstelle bei einem Dieb zu bekommen, wo sie als Junge leben kann. Doch als ihre Helfende Hand ermordet wird, wirft sie ihr Racheschwur direkt in den Weg eines Assassinen, der sie töten soll, und eines schakalköpfigen Gottes mit demselben Ziel. Jetzt sind ihr einziger Schutz die Tunika eines jungen Mannes und ihre Ausbildung als Dieb.
Amadi und der Phoenix (Teil 1)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: German. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Amadi hasst es ein Mädchen zu sein. Es gelingt ihr, eine Lehrstelle bei einem Dieb zu bekommen, wo sie als Junge leben kann. Doch als ihre Helfende Hand ermordet wird, wirft sie ihr Racheschwur direkt in den Weg eines Assassinen, der sie töten soll, und eines schakalköpfigen Gottes mit demselben Ziel. Jetzt sind ihr einziger Schutz die Tunika eines jungen Mannes und ihre Ausbildung als Dieb.
Amadi und die Sphinx (Teil 2)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,990. Language: German. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Mit alten Feinden auf den Fersen, rettet Amadi eine Sphinx, obwohl der Phoenix vor der gefährlichen Spezies warnt. Ihre wachsende Zuneigung zum Leibwächter ihres neuen Arbeitgebers kompliziert die Flucht, und es hilft nicht, dass der neue Arbeitgeber ihre Halbschwester liebt. Doch am schlimmsten ist das Familiengeheimnis. Kann sie den Feinden entkommen und mehr über ihre Familie erfahren?
Amadi und der Djinn (Teil 3)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,580. Language: German. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Amadi sucht nach den verlorenen Mitgliedern ihrer Familie, aber ihre alten Feinde haben nicht aufgegeben. Je mehr sie über ihre Familie erfährt, desto näher kommt die dem geheimnisvollen Zauberer, der hinter ihren Feinden lauert, und das gefällt ihm gar nicht. Amadi gibt ihr Bestes, um ihren magischen Ring vor dem bösen Zauberer zu schützen, auch wenn sie sich dafür mit den Djinni anlegen muss.
Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,870. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Full trilogy. Amadi hates being a girl. She manages to become apprenticed to a thief where she lives as a boy. But when her Helping Hand is murdered, her oath of revenge lands her smack dab in the path of an assassin hired to kill her and a jackal-headed god with the same purpose. Now, her only defense is the threadbare tunic of a young man and her training as a thief.
Amadi and the Phoenix
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,210. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Volume One of the trilogy. Amadi hates being a girl. She manages to become apprenticed to a thief where she lives as a boy. But when her Helping Hand is murdered, her oath of revenge lands her smack dab in the path of an assassin hired to kill her and a jackal-headed god with the same purpose. Now, her only defense is the threadbare tunic of a young man and her training as a thief.
Amadi and the Sphinx
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,650. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Volume Two of the trilogy. With murderers on her heals, Amadi picks up a Sphinx although the Phoenix warns her of the danger. Another problem is her growing attraction for her employer's bodyguard, and it doesn't help that the employer falls in love with her half-sister. Worst of all is the discovery that she's not who she thought she was. Can she outrun her enemies and still find out more?
Amadi and the Djinn
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,210. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Volume three of the trilogy. Amadi is searching for the lost members of her family, but her old enemies haven't given up yet. The more she learns about her family, the closer she gets to the identity of the man behind them, and he's not at all pleased. Amadi does her best to protect her magical ring from her enemies' evil master, even if it means facing down several Djinni.
Urchin King
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,490. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Street-urchin Paul learns that his miserable existence keeps him safe from an ancient law that decrees the killing of all second born twins. He agrees to stand in for his twin brother, the mentally challenged Crown Prince, but finds that his skill of going unnoticed is now a liability. Can he defeat a vengeful sorcerer and a soul-devouring ghost without getting his friends and family killed?
Von Störchen und Kindern
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Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: German. Published: August 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Glaubt man Disney-Filmen wie Dumbo, werden Kinder (auch die von Tieren) vom Storch geliefert. Ziemlich viel Arbeit für den armen Kerl. Und sicherlich hat sich in den vielen Jahrtausenden die Arbeit auch ganz schön geändert, oder? Länge: 4 Seiten (+Titel, Copyright, etc.)