The book that changed my life

For many life changes, one can point to a specific event that was pivotal for that change in life’s direction. In my case, it was a book I read more than ten years ago, and also something that the author mentioned in one of her interviews.

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How many of you like “Twilight”?

Take care and stay safe!

Author vulnerability No.1: Fear of rejection

I think I can talk for all authors when I say that each and every one of us fears that our work will be disliked, that people won’t respond to it, that it will leave them unaffected, especially if we give heart and soul into our creative work (which is pretty much always). I succumbed to the same fear so much, that I unpublished some of my work due to the response. And then, I had a good talk with a very clever person who taught me some wisdom 😉

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A word about gratitude, love and recognition

A long time ago, my mother in law told me that there are three components to happiness. Looking forward to something, to love and be loved, and to be recognised and acknowledged by others. Today I will focus on the last one: recognition, and what does recognition mean for a writer.

The last audiobook excerpt Vlog, and my favourite scene

Today I’m playing the last of the audiobook excerpts from my book “The Senthien” and, as a proper romance author, I chose this one to be one of the romantic scenes.

Also, this is a place where where Humans find out that Senthiens can tell the future, and where J finds out that he needs to change something to make this particular future happen 😉

#audiobookgiveaway

Findaway Voices, the production and distribution company for audiobooks, is offering 10 free copies of the audiobook “The Senthien”.

If you are interested, just send me an email.

* the free copy is available from Chirp, and currently only in US, Australia and UK.

Sam Swift at “Swift Escape” book giveaway

I figured since I have the paperback for “The Senthien” and “The Mind”, I might as well do one for my tech-thriller stand-alone novel “Swift Escape”. And for this episode I invited someone very special: Sam Swift, a main male protagonist of “Swift Escape”.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

“The Senthien”: The story that starts with a lie

Today, I am playing a scene from Chapter 5 where readers find out that a premise of the story – is a lie. So if you haven’t read “The Senthien” yet (and want to), and you like twists and surprises, please skip this Vlog post 😉

For all others, I like this scene a lot, firstly because this is also the moment when my protagonist, Dora Dana Dasnan, finds out the truth as well (and I like how she reacts ;-)), and secondly, here you can really enjoy the narration. Voice acted by Corinne Davies, the story becomes alive: the different colors of her voice, variety of accents she can do, and distinct personalities she is able to act is simply amazing.

For me, having Corinne narrate my stories, is a real treat 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

One of the most famous book-spots in Switzerland

Last weekend my family and I went for a long dog walk starting in Bad Ragaz and ending up in the fields of Maienfeld. These names won’t mean much to most people.

But what if I told you that this is the spot where one of the best-ever selling books was written (no, not mine ;-)) and all the events in the book happened exactly here?

Any ideas?

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“The Senthien” audiobook excerpt 2

Today I am playing a scene that I find super cute.

A group of Old Earth people and Dora are about to cross the rushing river using zip-lining. Dora is getting ready and J is adjusting straps, when at one moment, they realise they are too close to each other. Dora´s Descendant upbringing urges her to move away but her inner emotions glue her to the ground.

I hope you enjoy it!

Memorable scenes: When Dora meets J (audiobook excerpt 1)

When I find an idea for a book, it is unmistakably because of the handful of scenes that keep churning in my mind, that I can´t get rid off and that move me so much I wished there was a book or a movie already done and I could read/watch it again and again.

Since this is not the case, the only solution is to write the story myself. Here I will play the first of several scenes in “The Senthien” that were “memorable” scenes for me, and also the scenes I wrote first.

Enjoy!

Three (energy) stages of book production

A few weeks ago, I promised I will tell you about three stages of book production. This was related to my “silence” before I had published “The Mind”, and for all of you who wondered why this was, here is the answer 🙂

Check out my new Vlog to find out what the phases are and which one I prefer the most!