Come sit under the wattle tree, Edith. You have visited me in Australia but you aren't Australian. Tell us where you come from.
I grew up in a little village in Germany, Oberhinkofen, surrounded by woods and fields, but with a—now abandoned—military training ground nearby and the city of Regensburg with 100,000 inhabitants in biking distance. So it didn't really feel like we lived on the countryside, with German and US tanks driving by and starfighters in the sky disturbing classes, while we enjoyed all the benefits of nature around us. As a child, I wouldn't have wanted to live anywhere else. Now, I live in Nürnberg with half a million inhabitants and enjoy city life.
Do you think you’d like to live anywhere else?
I do dream about living in
a house at the sea, but my life here in Nürnberg is extremely comfortable, and
we have a small airport a short underground ride away. Even traveling to the
other side of the planet isn't a big deal these days. So unless a move would
offer something really intriguing, I'll probably stay put and keep traveling to
different places when I find the time and money.
What is the setting for your latest MuseItUp release, Crumple Zone?
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Crumple Zone is set in the Atacama desert in Chile, a fascinating place of stark contrast: a lush coast line set off against the barren desert rimmed by tall volcanos.
Tell us a little about this novel?
Crumple Zone is psychological suspense unfolding along Ruta 5, the Pan-American highway running from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Lara is crossing her own emotional desert as she travels through Chile and hooks up with a seemingly charming backpacker—until trucker Enrique crashes into her and thwarts her flight from life and his escape from reality.
The main theme is?
Crumple Zone explores human emotions, most of all the power and danger of love. Beware, it's not a romance.
Who is the main character based on?
Now you have us guessing. :)
Do you place much faith in your muse or do you believe writing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration? Can you expand on this?
Without inspiration, I
can't work up a sweat. First I need a powerful idea that drives me on during
the marathon of writing a novel. The quality of a first draft depends on how
much perspiration I'm willing to invest right away.
Why writing? Why not some other craft like painting or quilting etc?
In school, art class was too painful. Thinking back, I know I could have enjoyed painting, potting, or anything creative, but teachers forced creativity into molds that made my muse sulk. Why walk in shackles, instead of learning to climb a rockface? Since I always loved to read books or listen to stories, it came fairly natural to try my hand at it myself.
Traveling to unknow countries is a force that can make me drop my virtual pen quickly but I'm always hoping for an interesting story to spark. Friends can pull me away from writing fairly easily, because usually, they are very understanding when I turn into a recluse. So once they start dragging me away from my computer, I'm happy to comply and glad that they are still willing to talk to me.
Here's an except from Chapter Twenty-Two:
Thank you, Edith. I've enjoyed our time together and hope you and JJ will visit us again, if we don't get to your place first. :)
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