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).