WRITING – THE FEATHER IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

“What is difficult to say, could become easier when written.”

EARLY BIRD

I have been writing since my childhood. Actually, the story of my first writing experience is quite a funny one. When my mother forbade me to watch a specific drama film (a film adaption of Peter Schamonis “Castle Königswald”), I was so upset that I started to write down how I imagined the film to be. It was short and naturally childish and yet, my mother saw the potential in it. She bought me a blank book to write more stories. At the age of seven, I wrote about the monster of Loch Ness and even drew sketches to accompany the story. Remarkably, I drew a castle ruin without ever having been to Loch Ness in Scotland. Guess what? There indeed is a castle there – Urquhart Castle! What a coincidence.

SCHOOL YEARS

Yes, school can be boring from time to time. No exception in my case. But whenever tasked with wrtiting short stories in German lessons, I let all my imagination fill the empty pages. My efforts were always rewarded with good marks. Later, essays proved to be more challenging and occassionally rather dull depending on the subject. However, writing was a joy to me and I made the best of every task given.

THE DEBUT NOVEL


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In 2004, a young adult by then, I began writing a draft for a novel. It involved the theft of the Romanov Star, a priceless piece of jewellery of the Romanov family treasure, on loan to the British Museum in London. Protagonist of my story was insurance detective Gloria Andretti, tasked with finding the thief and bringing him to justice. A thrilling pursuit would lead her from London to beautiful Venice, Milan and famous ski resort Kitzbühel. 

Writing on and off, it took me three years to finish the novel. Much research had to be done, especially for the detailed descriptions of the various locations. Halfway through the book I stopped for several months – out of ideas, writers block if you will. Reading it all again, I picked the story up where I had left it but gave it a somewhat rushed ending.

In 2007, I finally published the 321 page novel under the name “History Repeating – Sternzeichen Romanov” with self-publishing house LULU. It is still available from their website in both paperback and PDF.

BLOGGING

The thrill of having released a book was great, the reality of two sold copies however wasn’t. Other attempts to write a second novel failed and I still have several unfinished manuscripts. I had done some copywriting jobs for an agency in Hanover but not written publicly when I started to get interested in blogging. Naturally, I chose my favourite topic to write about: JAMES BOND! In September 2012, I launched my blog “The Bond Bulletin” and informed fans of the series about the latest news and insights on an almost daily basis. I delivered extensive coverage of the filming of “Skyfall” as well as the aftermath with opinions and reviews. The blog quickly became a much visited resource for news on James Bond and I met many wonderful people through it.

In 2015, I gave the blog a design overhaul and moved it to its own domain. Continuing with in-depth coverage in both English and German, I extended the blog to feature many different categories, microsites and guest writer access.

What makes blogging so appealing to me is that I can write completely outside of conventional news reporting. I alone decide about the content and the frequency of release. Additionally, I can throw my personal opinion and experience into the mix which is a great plus. This combination is what makes bloggers stand out from the usual news cycle. Concentrating on facts without being restricted on what you can or cannot write.

THE SECOND NOVEL

Since 2014 I am writing on my second novel. Entitled “My friend Cezanne”, it is about a woman suffering from cancer and her final years. That’s pretty much all I can reveal about it at this point. Everything else would give away too much.