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.

2 Responses to 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!

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