Come on, Beate. You have to think of better things to say. What would I ask myself if I met me? One question for sure . . . Why on earth do you write in English? In fact, people all over the world have asked me that. It does seem strange. After all, I'm German, have lived in Germany most of my life (with some stints abroad), and have unexciting German roots, nothing international there.
The answer is easy. We Germans have a simple approach to life. If you want to be good, make sure you study your subject (at university). If you want to change track in the middle of your life, don't. If you want to become an author, keep on dreaming. If you want to have information about how to write, how to submit to a publisher, how to polish a manuscript, see point one. Or make sure you have excellent connections in the industry.
When I had come to that point in my life, I realized (thanks to the Internet) that the Americans approach life in a different manner. They shrug, smile at you and say, "If you want it, you can do it." And then they show you how. You're a nurse, a gardener, a lawyer, a manager? Never mind. You can do it. Be prepared to work hard, be prepared for rejections, but go right ahead.
Next, I looked at the German book market and realized that most books of the kind I write (I like to call them intelligent romances) were first published in English and then translated into German. If the German market proves so difficult to crack, I thought, I'll take a roundabout way to become a published author. I'm glad to say it worked.
There's just one drawback: I'm far away from "my market", and book signings are even more difficult to arrange if you first have to find people who understand the language! That's why I'm so happy about the invitation to blog today -- it gets me in touch with the people who read my romances!
Now, another question. Hmm. Let me think. Something you don't know yet, something that hasn't been published on my website, something fun . . . suppose you ask? I'd love to answer.
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