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?
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.
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