I find history both fascinating and important. I believe that in order to appreciate how far human society has evolved, we need to know and understand how we got here. Achievements in humanity can easily be taken for granted and forgetting the evil that has happened can open the door to repetition.
Mostly the 20th century because it is close enough to the present to relate.
Lack of research. The devil lies in the detail and there are a thousand traps on the way: be that minor mundane things – like brands of hamster food, or bigger historical facts, spelling etc.
A fair amount. How you feel and how you would do things, your own life and that of your friends and acquaintances will always inspire you and influence your writing, even when creating totally different characters and scenarios. Originally, I was doing some family research about my ancestors’ time in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and that turned into my first novel, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”. Although the book isn’t actually my family history, it was heavily influenced by it.
I understand that it can be quite legitimate to do that. As a reader I prefer historical books to be authentic and realistic, and so as a writer, I would not temper with actual facts.
“Ludwika” is the story of a Polish slave worker in Nazi Germany. It is based on the life of a real woman, the mother of a friend of mine. I assisted the family with their ancestry research and then found there was a story to be told about her hardships and resolve. I only invented the parts that we weren’t able to find facts for. The book has been surprisingly popular and has just been made into an audio book.
Be careful in your research. Don’t solely rely on sources on the internet, buy books and double check everything.
I’m working on a comic murder mystery at the moment and on the sequel to my thriller “The Healer”. So busy days ahead. I’ll also be out and about this summer: at an author signing event in Manchester August 13th, (https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/meet-me-in-manchester-%e2%80%8emaeg2016%e2%80%ac-august-13th/) at the Oxford Historical Novelist Conference in early September and at the Tenby Book Fair September 24th ( https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/welsh-wednesdays-tenby-book-fair-2016-24th-september-11-am-to-3pm-tenbybookfair/ ). Hope to see some of you there.
Ludwika: A Polish Woman’s Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.
WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.
This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”
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”.