Character Interview with Bebe Bollinger images-25

Thanks for meeting with us today, Mrs Bollinger. Please tell us, how do you know Christoph Fischer, the author?

Please call me Bebe, my dear. As for Mr Fischer: I’ve never met the man. I was gobsmacked to find he wrote a book about me. What can I say? Gay men seem to love us Diva’s, and they’re such loyal fans. I must have lunch with him sometime. I’m very grateful he thought of me when writing his mystery novel. What a sweetheart.

Are you happy with the setting he placed you in?

I like Wales and the cottage he’s given me, very quaint and remote, but honestly, those neighbours? I’m not amused. What would have been wrong with having Tom Jones or Charlotte Church in the hamlet? I hope in the next book he’ll find me someone less mad and common.images-22

I’ll make sure to suggest that to him when I interview him.

Good. And tell him there’s no need to be like my last hopeless agent and put me onto a reality TV show in the next book. I won’t have it. In the next story I want to be back on “Top of the Pops”.

Er, that show has been cancelled a few years ago.

Really? I had no idea… Well, I’d go on the Parkinson show or Oprah.

Er I don’t think the Parkinson show runs anymore either. But I get the picture. Now, what do you think attracted Fischer to your character?

My musical talent, I should hope. Maybe he would like to sing like me, maybe he’s a closet drag queen, or hopefully, he just has good taste.51cpm-u983l-_uy250_

How did you get involved in the detective work in the book?

When I heard of that dreadful incident and that the police seemed to be so incredibly clueless, I had to make myself available to help.

I read that you were not answering your door.

Yes, yes. That’s true but only partially. I was busy recording music in my private studio in the basement, and then I was in London at a business meeting. As soon as I could, I provided every support to the police that I could.

Someone told me that was only because your daughter is implicated in the case?

What a vicious insinuation. I refuse to comment. You should ask me questions about my musical comeback. That’s what your readers want to know about.

So what about your comeback?

It’s very early days but we’re in a really hot phase of negotiating a record deal and a duet coming out on single with a very hot star.

That wouldn’t be with Will Young?images-21

Er… I don’t think Fischer will be so predictable. Since Will Young left Strictly Come Dancing in a huff last week, I shouldn’t put my eggs in his basket, should I? Tell that to Mr Fischer, please.

There seems to be some confusion about your age…

Would you like to some tea? Or a Gin & Tonic? I’m being a dreadful hostess.

No thank you. No back to my question…

I have some snacks. Not that I could afford to eat them. I need to watch my figure, but there’s nothing of you…

You were first credited in a newspaper clipping in 1969 as performer at the Lewisham Tea Dance. You must have been at least 18 to have been allowed to perform there, under the laws of the time.

Well, if you must know, my father accompanied me, so I was able to perform there, despite the fact that I was MUCH YOUNGER than 18. I’m not sure you got the right year anyway. Next question, and make it a good one please.

Mrs Bollinger, what do you think about Cosy Mysteries?

Darling, I love them. I only wish I had more time to read them. I will read all of Fischer’s work, though.  Tell him that, when you see him, and tell him that I would prefer it, if he wrote my biography or in a serious drama.

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Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.

Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap.

Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.

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 moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. In 1993 he moved to the UK and now lives in Llandeilo in West Wales. He and his partner have several Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. His first historical novel, ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’,  was published in November 2012 and downloaded over 60,000 times on Amazon. He has released several more historical novels, including “In Search of A Revolution” and “Ludwika”. He also wrote some contemporary family dramas and thrillers, most notably “Time to Let Go” and “The Healer”.









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