Probably in elementary school. I am not sure if my overactive imagination worried my teachers or made them support my hobby. My first story involved our neighbor's cat and a spaceship, I believe.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Schattentänzerin" (Shadow Dancer) is the story about Asara, the young ruler of an Arabesque empire built upon forced labor. When she tries to change the rules and call for an end to slavery, she is forcibly deposed. Put in chains and believed dead, Asara discovers both her darkest desires and fiery determination.
Cover text aside: This book is an epic fantasy novel that does not shy away from mixing a thrilling plot with juicy and somewhat forbidden scenes of bondage.
Describe your desk
It's ridiculously old-school (worn wood, dark paneling) and messy. It sports an overgrown pot plant, a joystick (don't judge) and a Shadowrun character sheet for my trigger-happy fire mage. Again: Don't judge ;)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to tell stories, to build worlds. Whenever I write, I help to bring alive something new. It's exciting to be the first person to walk on an unknown shore, even if that shore is just a figment of imagination. It's not just a break from reality -- it's an adventure.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock. It's less of an inspiration, though. More a desperate call to action.
What do you read for pleasure?
Ridiculously cheesy fantasy novels that are probably a lot more innocent than "Schattentänzerin"
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do most of my casual reading on my phone. Any job-related reading usually happens on my laptop (I am lost without CTRL+F)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I suck at promoting my books -- big time. I've tried Adwords without much success. There does not seem to be that big a market for (German) full-fledged fantasy novels with heavy bondage elements. Anyway, buzz marketing always worked best for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Jacqueline Carey. I love myself some good, epic fantasy. Naughtiness optional ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach, I do research, and I write texts that are distinctively more boring than my novels.
What are you working on next?
This and that. There are several books I'd love to write a continuation for, "Schattentänzerin" included. But truth is, I have to get some writing done for my actual job -- which involves a lot less fiction and more research.
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