Taking the reader on exciting adventures, with interesting, yet flawed characters at their side.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have read fantasy novels since I was 12. My father had a veritable treasure trove of books in our living room, from Michael Moorcock's "Elric" saga to Eric Van Lustbader's "Sunset Warrior", Ursula K. LeGuin's "Earthsea" to Bram Stoker's "Dracula". My biggest revelation was reading "The Dark Elf Trilogy" by R.A. Salvatore though. These books kindled my fascination with all things Dark Elven.
I greatly enjoy Terry Pratchett's work. "Good Omens" by him and Neil Gaiman is my single most-read book and I can come up with a situational quote any time.
And last but not least, I deeply adore H.P. Lovecraft. No one but him can craft a morbid, dark atmosphere with just a few well-placed words.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music and playing with our two cats, Sia and Leo.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a dragon hunter tale, populated with characters taken from our D&D group. When I look back, I can say that bits of it ended up in "Storm and Steel". Back then, I still wrote in German and it was horribly clichéd. I hope I have improved since then.
What is your writing process?
I'm a spurt writer. When the muse kicks me, I begin writing until I run out of steam. Sometimes, at that point, I have a finished story. More often than not, I'm not even close to the halfway point. There are dozens of unfinished pieces on my hard drive, each begging for a new attempt.
Describe your desk
To my right, I have an armor-plated dragon, sitting on it's hind legs and holding my letter opener out to me on its front paws. In front of me is my monitor, with a half-finished story on it. Above that, on a board over the desk, a handful of Transformers figures are keeping watch. To my left, in easy reach, a can of energy drink and a bottle of water. I try to keep my desk as clutter-free as possible.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent most of my childhood in a small village near Münster, Germany. It was a quiet, rural region, lots of farming going on. Thanks to my poor eyesight, I wasn't much of an outdoors person, preferring to dig through my father's books instead of being taunted by other kids. When I turned 13, my parents sent me to a boarding school for the blind in Marburg. That place changed me quite a bit. I found friends and the school did its utmost to further our mobility and confidence, by offering a lot of extracurricular activities. We spent at least two weeks each your on field trips, skiing, rowing and whatnot. During one such skiing field trip, inspiration struck me for the first time and I began to write my first story - on napkins, graph paper, whatever I could get my hands on at that time. Having to decipher and type it later was quite the adventure in itself.
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