Introducing the characters from my new novel “Conditions – post 6: Catherine

Cover for GoodreadsCatherine is a supporting figure in my novel “Conditions”. She is an aspiring poet who lacks the confidence to publish her work – even to connect with the people who are clearly interested in it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her early life is influenced by being a redhead and by an un-loving stepmother

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Then she settles for Mister Right instead for Mister Passion and ends up in divorce and with more fear of life on her own.

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Although very attractive and full of potential Catherine hides from the world and clings onto Charles, an un-threatening (gay) male and generous friend. 

Catherine is full of conflict, controversy and contradictions and was a fantastic character to explore. How does she cope with the challenge of the funeral, of having a difficult friend and will she take up opportunities that come her way? 

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Will friends always be friends and what challenges can peopel rise to?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Welcome to an Interview with author Christoph Fischer

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Lord Prosser kindly hosted me on his blog “barethshirediaries” – one to check out even if you don’t want to hear any more about my new book ;-)
Many thanks David!

Originally posted on barsetshirediaries:

Welcome to an Interview with Christoph Fischer
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Author of.  Conditions
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A brief synopsis.

Two estranged brothers are confronted with each other when their mother dies. One is bitter about his place in the family, the other has mental health issues. The book follows the group of people attending the funeral and covers the days leading up to and the weeks following the funeral itself . 
What made you decide to write this book?
 
I know a lot of people who struggle with mental health issues, whether it is  themself or because of one their friends or their family. I’m amazed at how wonderful and natural some people are with it and how uncomfortable and unkind others are. I always wanted to write about that to raise awareness and make people challenge themselves. I think we all (me very much included) have a lot to learn about…

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Introducing the characters from my new novel “Conditions” – Post 5: Edgar

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Book_marketing2-lrgEdgar has only a compratively small part in the book but has a significant role in my main character Charles’s life. He is an attractive bodybuilder from Brazil who is a personal trainer, a friend and love interest. 

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Edgar joins the group of friends for the funeral to show support for Charles but he soon comes under the miscroscope of the gathering who want to know what is beneath that pretty facade.

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How did this Brazilian hunk end up in the UK and then in Hampshire of all places? What does he think of Charles and the rest of the group? He, too, has a story to tell about his past, his dreams and aspirations and about friendship.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Book Review Friday – Conditions by Christoph Fischer

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Thanks P.C. Zick for this thoughtful and amazing review. What a fantastic surprise!

Originally posted on P.C. Zick:

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Families are our first line of defense against the world. And when that line crumbles, brothers can turn away from one another. Christoph Fischer’s Conditions examines the horrific consequences of shattered familial relationships in a poignant and sad manner.

This work of contemporary fiction also addresses the issue of mental illness through a close magnifying glass, and begs the question of what qualifies as “mental” degeneration.

At the forefront as a poster child for mental illness stands Charles; however, as the novel progresses, there are times when Charles is the only one who makes sense in the cavalcade of characters that prance and plod through Conditions. His brother Tony struggles for years with jealousy of Charles, thinking that his condition is one that lets him off the hook for responsibilities. As is the case in far too many families, assumptions made in childhood only multiply and fester if not addressed…

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Introducing the characters from my novel “Conditions” – Post 4: Martha

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Book_marketing2-lrgMartha is a petite and fragile woman, a battered wife and recovering alcoholic. Despite her own desperate situation and her shy and vulnerable nature she decides to stand by Charles and support him through the ordeal of his mother’s funeral. She switches quickly from painfully holding back and being tense to complete and utter lack of boundaries.

 

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She is an unlikely candidate to join this sad event since she carries so much of her own baggage and emotional scars with her, but despite her lack of confidence and sense of self worth she can surprise everyone with her occasional powers of determination. 

How does she ‘deal’ with Charles’s condition, what is her take on his character, how does she cope with the hostility at the funeral and will she ever break free from her chains?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Introducing the characters from my novel “Conditions”, Post 3: Elaine

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Book_marketing2-lrgElaine is a motherly figure and a close friend to Charles. A haidresser, a psychic and a caring giver, she attracts fragile and needy people and is always happy to help: be that her sister who has ME, her neighbour with the broken leg and of course, Charles. We never learn how the two met and how they became friends, but they are close, and she is the engine that powers the group on the day of the funeral. 

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Approaching her sixties, she is lively, always busy, a little bossy and outspoken but also charming, gentle and caring. I picture her a bit like a young Judy Dench or Zoe Wannamaker with spiky multi-coloured dyed hair, wearing a kind of alternative yet stylish velvet black dress.

How does she cope with Charles’s erratic ‘turns’and ‘episodes’, his highs and lows and his needs? Why is she so selfless, where does she get her energy from and can she really read the tarot?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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MCV Egan’s Long Journey to Prague

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The same trip, yet many different thoughts during this amazing experience. Thanks Victoria and MCV Egan

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letter from homeThis, for me, is the week of the re-blog, but I just can’t resist. On Monday, I posted Christoph Fischer’s lovely piece about his trip to Prague and now I’m posting MCV Egan’s. But don’t for a minute think you’re just getting more of the same. MCV’s post is powerful and meaningful – drawing not only on her observations from her recent trip to my favorite city, but on family stories and tragedies in her own home country of Mexico.

Please have a read. Then go have a cry.

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Just a week ago, on Monday October 6th I got up early in Prague to catch the first train to Kutná Hora . My friends and I wanted to see for ourselves The Bone Church in Victoria Dougherty’s phenomenal novel.

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My one hour train ride that morning was with two Europeans with very…

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Introducing the characters of my new book “Conditions” Post 2: Tony

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Book Marketing2My new book “Conditions has just been released. A good opportunity to introduce another main character of the book:

Tony has had a tough life. Always missing out and having to make allowances for his brother he doubts that Charles truly has a legitimate illness, and bitterly resents him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources.

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He finds happiness and love early in his life with Clare, an attractive trophy wife who adores him and builds her life around him and the children. They have little to do with his family until the funeral.

 

 

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To Tony’s straight and narrow mind of building houses and playing football Charles is a self-absorbed chatter-box with no sense of responsibility and awareness of others, and his friends are a bunch of ‘freaks’.

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Find out how he and his wife Clare deal with grief and loss, their differences with Charles and the challenges lying ahead for them.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Introducing the characters of my new novel “Conditions” – Post 1: Charles

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Book_marketing2-lrgCharles has been a difficult child from day one, talkative, attention seeking and flamboyant. In his teens he gets diagnosed with a mental condition.

Intelligent in some ways and helpless in others, likeable, but not always easy to handle, he is a challenge for some.

As one reviewer put it:

Charles has a noticeably atypical mind, perhaps mild autism and most certainly bipolar disorder. Since childhood, he has struggled to exist in a world created by and for “normal”, or what some call neuro-typical people, a world he cannot always understand and which most people take for granted.

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‘Dealing’ with difficult people may just be a lack of education and awareness. How do we view these people? As dangerous? As mad? As hopeless cases that should be locked away?

Another quote from a thoughtful review of Conditions:

Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear.

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Charles cares for his friends and has a lot of positive qualities, if you stick around long enough to find them. A passionate gardener, flamboyant, excitable and at times obsessive, thoughtful and gentle, he can be many things at once. He doesn’t find tolerance, understanding and acceptance everywhere, although he finds it in often unexpected places. I hope Charles can give food for thought and challenge our views on and our awareness of mental health. 

As some of the characters in the book say:
“Each and every one of us has their own weirdness, it’s just that it’s more obvious with some people than others.”
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“Madness is a completely undervalued quality and I don’t understand why people should hide it to conform to some boring version of themselves.”
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The book is out tomorrow, October 16th and is available for pre-order now.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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FANTASTIC REVIEW of my new novel “CONDITIONS”, out this Thursday #mentalhealth #asmsg #preorder

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I just found the most amazing ARC review for “Conditions” on Goodreads. The book is already available for pre-order and will be out this Thursday!
Here is what S. Rose had to say:

“Like a lighthouse beacon on a treacherous coast, Christoph Fischer’s novel illuminates the darkness of man living with a mental disorder.

Charles has a noticeably atypical mind, perhaps mild autism and most certainly bipolar disorder. Since childhood, he has struggled to exist in a world created by and for “normal”, or what some call neuro-typical people, a world he cannot always understand and which most people take for granted. 

The strain on his family has left its mark; his own brother doubts that Charles truly has a legitimate illness, and bitterly resents him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources while they were growing up. As the story begins, Tony has long been estranged from Charles, and the situation seems intractable.

Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear.

I heartily applaud Fischer’s contribution towards enlightening people without preaching; in helping us take an in-depth look at mental illness and its toll on sufferers, as well as their families. Even more importantly, he has put a lovable face on a stigmatized group, and left us feeling hopeful that with love, understanding, and proper medical care, mentally ill and autistic people can not only lead a full life, but enrich our world with their creative gifts.

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When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family.
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.
Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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