The Conditions Series is easily the work closest to my heart. Conditions was my first ever novel and I packed it with the things that I knew and that I wanted people to know about.
I personally have struggled with depression and minor but consistent psychological problems all of my life. Understanding and support came often from unlikely sources, if not from people who were in the same boat with me. Many had it much worse.
Mental illnesses make people uncomfortable and many prefer to brush them under the carpet – whether they are suffering themselves or if it affects those around them. Sadly, this silence makes the problem worse; whether that is depression, addiction or bi-polarism….
In the Conditions Series I’m not lecturing you about it. I’m portraying one rather likeable character with a specific mental health issue and show how people around him adapt – some great, some not so great.
I’ve chosen a ‘condition’ other than my own so the book wouldn’t be spoiled by becoming auto-biographical and I’ve deliberately added a dose of lighter notes and quirky supporting characters to keep it as enjoyable as possible.
Understanding breaks down barriers and mis-conceptions. It teaches tolerance, compassion and empathy. My Condition Series tries to contribute to this in its own little way.
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.
CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.