Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an average german guy, who likes to slow travel and enjoys the sun more than the cold weather in Germany (who wouldn’t, right?). I am currently living in Hamburg but am escaping on a regular basis due to the lake of sunshine. I already published two german books (non-fiction) and now finally released my first english novell “And then came you”.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The story in “And then came you” was basically inspired by my own. I travelled through Australia for over a year and ended up at a place where I didn’t even plan on stopping (so did the character in the book), but stayed for more than five months. One of the reasons was cause I got attached to a quirky receptionist at the local backpacker hostel (so did the character in the book) who I am now proudly call my girlfriend.
When we parted and I had to go back to Germany I started to write the book (Just in case I have to win her over one day – Spoiler: It already worked without the book ;)). And even if the storyline is completely different from our story it’s a perfect reminder how everything between us started cause it includes moments or conversations we shared.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I would say I usually write under the shower but that’s technically impossible and you would spot it as a lie. So no, not really. Apart from the fact that the best ideas usually come right when I try to fall asleep.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have to admit (and I am not ashamed) that I am a big fan of chick lit/romance authors. I think that just the results from being raised by a mom, two sisters and a castrated dog (so if we have to blame someone, let’s blame them). So I really enjoy the books of Jill Shalvis who probably had a big influence on my writing skills.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Honestly, I am still trying to figure out what’s the best way. A lot of writers – including me – are really introverted and don’t like to be the center of attention. And that just makes it harder.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yeah, don’t be afraid of showing the world that you accomplished something you are proud of. Cause if you don’t let the world know that you published a book, no one will know about it and therefore no one can read it. Which is a shame since you already put the effort in writing it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t be afraid of letting people know what you feel (In writings but especially in real life).
What are you reading now?
A lot of blogs about how to promote my book :D.
What’s next for you as a writer?
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
In case I can’t bring my girlfriend I would definitely bring my own book, so I can “escape” into the moments we met once in a while and if I can bring her probably some Harry Potter books. Just in case I need to make a fire and to annoy my girlfriend – who is a huge fan.
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