Reblogged from Suzy Henderson
Today I welcome the Author, Christoph Fischer to the blog. Christoph presently has two books out, the first of which is The Luck of the Weissensteiners. This is set in war torn Europe and incidentally, is one of the top ten indie books for August 2013.
Hello Christoph, and welcome. It’s great to speak with you today and to learn a little more about your books, the Three Nations Trilogy.
Hello Sue and thanks for inviting me to your blog.
Always a pleasure to host a fellow writer of historical fiction. Can I begin by asking what was it that influenced you to explore such periods of history?
When my interest in family history arose a few years ago I realised how little I knew about any of it, particularly Czechoslovakian history before and during WWII and about the places where my family came from. There was nobody I could get first-hand information from so I had to get my head into the archives and history books.
I am not a ‘pure’ German and have often felt a little bit like an outsider in Germany. Now I even live as an ‘alien’ in the UK and maybe that is why my interest was drawn to periods in history where Nations were drawn together or separated.
The fascination with what I found led to my first book, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”. [My ancestors had different experiences to the characters in my book but they infiltrated my story a lot.]
Vienna and the early 1900’s have always been mentioned in the literature I read for book one as a perfect place in history. I wanted to find out if that was true, which is why I chose it as the setting for my second book “Sebastian”. There were some unanswered questions and themes from the first book that I wanted to explore further and so I decided to write the Three Nations Trilogy. The breaking down of the multi-cultural Austro-Hungarian Empire in “Sebastian” serves as a useful and sharp contrast to the pan-Germanic Third Reich and offers a point for reflection between the two books
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