Story of My Life

I was born. I grew up, went to school, to university and found a job. And then I started writing, like almost every author ever. Boring, eh? But short.

Actually, I was born in Germany, to German parents. But I took my life into my own tiny hands when I made my parents take me to the US at the tender age of two. We stayed for half a year. That’s where I got my first taste of English, and I loved it. As you can see, I never let that love die.

The next chance came when I was eleven. My father did a lecture tour in the US, my mom went with him, and my parents dropped me off in North Caroline in time to celebrate the Bicentennial. (You do the math.) I went to an American School for the first time in my life. And I figured out I could actually make myself understood even with a limited vocabulary and much improvision.

At sixteen, I became an exchange student and went to High School in Southern California. That included earthquakes, Homecoming Game, Disney Land, Disney Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm. I graduated, visited family on the East Coast and went home, to continue school in Germany. Sounds a little unfair, eh? But I still had to do two more years of school back at home before getting my German Abitur.

I spent the next year and half getting certified as interpreter and translator of English. That wasn’t enough to find a decent job, so I went on to university and finally got a Staatsexamen (first teacher exam) in English and Spanish. During my studies, however, I discovered that teaching in the German school system wasn’t what I thought. So I grabbed the chance at a job at university and started a PhD.

The PhD project failed eventually, and that’s when the writing virus hit me. In a short time, I finished a couple of novels and started about three others, all set in my Lar Elien Universe. I found an agent. I got my first short stories published.

But my agent never managed to sell the series. Eventually, we both gave up on it. I went into yet another direction, discovered EFT and became a Non-medical Practitioner of Psychotherapy. I’m still working part-time at university, building my practice, and I’m still writing, although not as much as before.

Self-publishing has now grown up enough for me to actually consider marketing my Lar Elien series on my own. This is where I stand now, and this is where all the excitement and fun begins. I invite you to come along on the journey and see where it takes us.

5 Kommentare zu Story of My Life

  1. Wow, I’ve known you online for what, whoa, it’s been FIVE years!, and I never knew all your back story! Thanks for filling in the gaps!

  2. Well, of course there is lots more that I don’t want to go into in public. But this is what shaped my life and my love of English, and definitely impacted my writing. And it’s been great knowing you!

  3. Ferran sagt:

    Hmm…

    Sorry. You mentioned about my email and books on Passive’s site. I can’t find yours.

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