I grew up amidst the vineyards and gently sloping hills of southern Germany. I spent most of my childhood with my nose buried in a book, earning me the nickname “professor” before I even finished elementary school. The writing bug bit me at the age of eleven. The very first piece of fiction I ever wrote was a thirty-page western story that I still have somewhere (well-hidden because it alternately makes me cringe and laugh when I read it today). I wrote two dozen mostly novel-length stories (westerns, adventure stories, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction — you name it, I’ve probably written it) in my “baby years” as a writer, but no one but my poor twin sister ever got to read them.

That changed when I discovered the Internet and the wondrous world of fanfiction and online stories. My parents belatedly got their wish — I took my nose out of my books and started to spend my time glued to the computer screen instead. Soon after, I wrote my first fanfiction, a Star Trek: Voyager story. Don’t bother to search for it on the web; even if there was still a copy in circulation somewhere, it’s in German. Back then, I would have taken a thousand oaths that I would never, ever be able to write more than a grocery list in English. Then I took an intensive, free online language course — almost eight years of constant fanfic reading. Let’s just say that I learned some words I later had trouble explaining to my friends why I would know such expressions.

So in the beginning of 2006, I finally put my newly acquired knowledge of the English language to good use and wrote a series of three Law & Order: SVU fanfics in English. As my confidence grew, I wrote a longer fanfiction and then my first English historical fiction. In some way, I’ve come full circle, because “Backwards to Oregon” takes place on the Western Frontier. Other than the setting I promise that it doesn’t have much in common with my first childish attempt at writing.

I still live in Germany, where I work as a psychologist. When I’m not working or writing, I like to spend my time reading, cooking for a bunch of friends, spending time with my nephew and niece, and watching way too many crime shows. I also enjoy learning new languages (Russian is my latest project. I haven’t found any online stories using the Cyrillic alphabet to help me learn, though).



  1. Multi-lingual! Thank you for sharing your history. As a child your parents called you the professor; mine called me the little evangelist. Ha! Funny how our parents turned out to be right in many respects about us. It must be true that we are what we are from the beginning.

    • Thanks for reading the blog, Carol.

      I’m not fluent in Russian or French by any means. I just know enough not to starve in either country.

      I often find it funny how a family of non-readers (neither my parents nor grandparents read books on an even semi-regular basis) can produce three avid readers, two of them also writers 🙂

  2. As an “exile” from my own country I really appreciate your blog 🙂

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