Interview with Heinz Ebser

What inspired you to write this book?
Many times I caught myself saying that I should write a book. Other People constantly encouraged me to do so. I think that almost everybody has a story to tell. All you need is plenty of time, a reasonable memory and the will to publish it. All I needed was a trigger to get started. Just like with solving engineering problems, the best ideas came to me at night.
What was this trigger und when did it happen?
It happened all out of boredom. After my divorce I was living alone in a small flat. Rather than staring into the TV for hours I decided to get a script together and started writing. Once I had started I soon became an addiction.
What's the story behind your book?
The initial idea was only to write about travel experiences. I soon realised that I could not fill a book with travel stories only and so it turned into a biography.
Having succesfully published your first book, can we expect a sequel?
The hardest part was to find an end to the story. It would make sense to write a sequel if I had enough material to write about. Writing trivial stuff for the sake of writing is not what I believe in but I am uploading new editions of this book on a regular basis.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Silly question. What success? I am a nobody and I don't really care if the book sells or not. Statistics show a moderate interest in the interview but only five percent of these translated into a sale. It appears that the books title is misleading some people.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing brings back memories. The more you write, the more you remember the good events in your life. I can express myself better when writing than when I'm trying to tell a story.
Since you retired and settled down, do you miss travelling the world?
Some of the places I mentioned in this book I would not dare travelling any more. For now I am quite happy to explore my new surroundings but there are a few destinations in South East Asia that I definitely want to visit. Western countries are certainly not on my wish list any more.
What do you mean by that?
It was refreshing to move into this new culture. It was a bit like moving back into the good old days. Contrary to what you read on western media, you have a lot more personal freedom here than in Europe, North America and Australia. When it comes to useless rules and regulations the western world is hard to beat. Here it also becomes clear that political correctness in western countries is totally out of control. Even though Thailand went through a period of Martial Law, it never felt like a Police State.
Do you consider writing about these subjects?
No way. For the open minded this would be stating the obvious. The oppressed would consider my words fake news.
What are you working on next?
What occupies my mind right now are conspiracies. I don't mean the Flat Earth nonsense or "We have never been to the moon" stuff. I am amused by the lies that we are being told every day. Knowing the truth about certain events suddenly makes sense of everything that is happening today. Your World View reaches a whole new dimension when you can connect the events of 911 with the disappearance of MH370 or what the Worlds Banking Elites have to do with World Wars. Writing a book about these topics? No way, but I wish people were more aware of what is going on. There is tons of material available on the Internet if people really want to know.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy the occasional round of Golf and daily life in general. I also enjoy taking photographs and create audio visual videos.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
If I remember correctly it was Robinson Crusoe. Then Treasure Island and of course the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and
Huckleberry Finn. My imagination was running wild and I was constantly dreaming of far away lands.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small German village which soon became too small for me. The memories of the place are now becoming very faint because I never returned to the place where I was born.
Published 2017-05-01.
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Books by This Author

The Return of Saturn
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 58,720. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
This is the story of Heinz and his journey through life. His travels will take him to five continents. Eventually settling in his dream destination Australia, he describes locations and everyday life in his new country. Work will take him to more locations around Australia and South East Asia, but personal problems make his life a misery. Finally, fate will take him to a new start in Thailand.