Interview with Marc Rogatschnig

What do you read for pleasure?
I generally read business and management consulting books. However, for lighter relief i enjoy a wide swathe of genres, from adventure to philosophy
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My book launch was a great success. Beyond that i am leveraging my network via social media, and good old fashioned calls and coffee chats.
Describe your desk
Always a different coffee shop view and ambience
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Southern tip of Africa to immigrant parents. I was schooled in an alternative education system that encouraged free thinking, independent mindedness and creativity. For much of my younger years I felt like an outsider, in many ways that shaped the way i engage with myself and my story lines.
When did you first start writing?
I have dabbled with poetry for 20 years. My entry into writing novels began in 2014.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is a true story. My father disappeared from my life when I was 11 years old and a decade later invited me to join him on a Ukrainian Side Car motorbike to travel 22 000km from Austria to South Africa. Our plan was to celebrate the new millennium in Cape Town. The journey had the potential to heal a fractured and unfulfilled paternal relationship. We endured significant hardships, life threatening situations and separations, and along the way were humbled by the kindness and generosity of strangers across three continents. Our relationship was tested, but we failed to heal our wounds. In the end, that was the only way that it could have been for either of us. Redemption and forgiveness had to be offered to ourselves. It took me fifteen years to finally complete the story, and a day after I was due to send the story to my father, he died.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the escapism, and the joy of imaginative dancing between the real world and my mental wanderings.
What do your fans mean to you?
everything! i am humbled by their enthusiasm and gratuitous love!
What are you working on next?
A thriller - dark, psychological and with historical relevance.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my city, my life!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story about a mythical angel that lives on Table Mountain in Cape Town.
Published 2016-12-20.
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