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November 11, 2014

Cover for GoodreadsCatherine is a supporting figure in my novel "Conditions". She is an aspiring poet who lacks the confidence to publish her work - even to connect with the people who are clearly interested in it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her early life is influenced by being a redhead and by an un-loving stepmother

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Then she settles for Mister Right instead for Mister Passion and ends up in divorce and with more fear of life on her own.

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Although very attractive and full of potential Catherine hides from the world and clings onto Charles, an un-threatening (gay) male and generous friend. 

Catherine is full of conflict, controversy and contradictions and was a fantastic character to explore. How does she cope with the challenge of the funeral, of having a difficult friend and will she take up opportunities that come her way? 

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Will friends always be friends and what challenges can peopel rise to?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Published on November 11, 2014 02:12 • 5 views

November 9, 2014

Book_marketing2-lrg Edgar has only a compratively small part in the book but has a significant role in my main character Charles's life. He is an attractive bodybuilder from Brazil who is a personal trainer, a friend and love interest. 

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Edgar joins the group of friends for the funeral to show support for Charles but he soon comes under the miscroscope of the gathering who want to know what is beneath that pretty facade.

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How did this Brazilian hunk end up in the UK  and then in Hampshire of all places? What does he think of Charles and the rest of the group? He, too, has a story to tell about his past, his dreams and aspirations and about friendship.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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November 8, 2014

Book_marketing2-lrg Martha is a petite and fragile woman, a battered wife and recovering alcoholic. Despite her own desperate situation and her shy and vulnerable nature she decides to stand by Charles and support him through the ordeal of his mother's funeral. She switches quickly from painfully holding back and being tense to complete and utter lack of boundaries.

 

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She is an unlikely candidate to join this sad event since she carries so much of her own baggage and emotional scars with her, but despite her lack of confidence and sense of self worth she can surprise everyone with her occasional powers of determination. 

How does she 'deal' with Charles's condition, what is her take on his character, how does she cope with the hostility at the funeral and will she ever break free from her chains?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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November 4, 2014

Book_marketing2-lrg Elaine is a motherly figure and a close friend to Charles. A haidresser, a psychic and a caring giver, she attracts fragile and needy people and is always happy to help: be that her sister who has ME, her neighbour with the broken leg and of course, Charles. We never learn how the two met and how they became friends, but they are close, and she is the engine that powers the group on the day of the funeral. 

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Approaching her sixties, she is lively, always busy, a little bossy and outspoken but also charming, gentle and caring. I picture her a bit like a young Judy Dench or Zoe Wannamaker with spiky multi-coloured dyed hair, wearing a kind of alternative yet stylish velvet black dress.

How does she cope with Charles's erratic 'turns'and 'episodes', his highs and lows and his needs? Why is she so selfless, where does she get her energy from and can she really read the tarot?

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Published on November 04, 2014 21:02 • 6 views

November 2, 2014

Book Marketing2 My new book "Conditions has just been released. A good opportunity to introduce another main character of the book:

Tony has had a tough life. Always missing out and having to make allowances for his brother he doubts that Charles truly has a legitimate illness, and bitterly resents him for having taken up too much of their mother’s attention and resources.

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He finds happiness and love early in his life with Clare, an attractive trophy wife who adores him and builds her life around him and the children. They have little to do with his family until the funeral.

 

 

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To Tony's straight and narrow mind of building houses and playing football Charles is a self-absorbed chatter-box with no sense of responsibility and awareness of others, and his friends are a bunch of 'freaks'.

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Find out how he and his wife Clare deal with grief and loss, their differences with Charles and the challenges lying ahead for them.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Published on November 02, 2014 10:48 • 4 views

October 22, 2014

Book_marketing2-lrg Charles has been a difficult child from day one, talkative, attention seeking and flamboyant. In his teens he gets diagnosed with a mental condition.

Intelligent in some ways and helpless in others, likeable, but not always easy to handle, he is a challenge for some.

As one reviewer put it:

"Charles has a noticeably atypical mind, perhaps mild autism and most certainly bipolar disorder. Since childhood, he has struggled to exist in a world created by and for “normal”, or what some call neuro-typical people, a world he cannot always understand and which most people take for granted."

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'Dealing' with difficult people may just be a lack of education and awareness. How do we view these people? As dangerous? As mad? As hopeless cases that should be locked away?

Another quote from a thoughtful review of Conditions:

"Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear."

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Charles cares for his friends and has a lot of positive qualities, if you stick around long enough to find them. A passionate gardener, flamboyant, excitable and at times obsessive, thoughtful and gentle, he can be many things at once. He doesn't find tolerance, understanding and acceptance everywhere, although he finds it in often unexpected places. I hope Charles can give food for thought and challenge our views on and our awareness of mental health. 


As some of the characters in the book say:

“Each and every one of us has their own weirdness, it’s just that it’s more obvious with some people than others.”





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“Madness is a completely undervalued quality and I don’t understand why people should hide it to conform to some boring version of themselves.”





The book is out tomorrow, October 16th and is available for pre-order now.

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Conditions

When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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October 2, 2014

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Welcome to my new book club! You have written numerous novels, including a historical trilogy series. Your latest books, "Time to Let Go" and "Conditions", seem to be headed in a different direction where the topic is more focused on mental health and family matters. This is not an easy subject to write about, what prompted you to tackle this field?

Thank you for inviting me. People tend to write about things they already know about or that they would like to find out about. With my historical novels I had some knowledge and an interest in the periods I chose, and it’s the same with the contemporary novels. I knew people with these problems or people who dealt with them. In Conditions there is a variety of characters, many of whom are oddballs in their own right. As in real life, I find those more interesting than ‘regular’ or ‘normal’ people.


Since the death of comedian and actor, Robin Williams, the world is now much more aware of mental illnesses and depression. Did this have an impact on your new novel, Conditions? Did you have a particular goal in mind?

“Conditions” in its first draft was written in 2008, long before Robin Williams’s tragic death and I certainly would not want to jump on a bandwagon. I understand that his story has raised much needed awareness for mental health issues but I must confess that I am a little saddened that in modern society only a high profile case like his can have such an impact. Let’s not forget that there are thousands of little people who commit suicide and struggle with their life every day. Just as their stories, my novel won’t have this kind of impact but changing people’s perspective and their perception is something I strive for in all of my novels, looking for tolerance, acceptance and showing that we’re all human.


You have lived in Germany and the UK, did those locations inspire you when it came to writing your novels?

Yes, a little, but not entirely. The UK has been my home for over 20 years and my contemporary novels are all set there. The historical novels are all over Europe: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Vienna and in the next novel, Finland. Only one of my books is set in Germany (The Black Eagle Inn) and that in a different time. However, having lived in Germany half of my life has certainly formed me and my writing.


Have you always been interested in writing?

I used to write for the school newsletter when I was twelve but then there is a very long gap until 2008. I have always been a keen reader, but the writing of my novels was almost accidental, never planned and aspired to. I never thought I had a novel in me and am still amazed that some people actually read and enjoy them.


Some writers love to listen to music when they are working, do you do this too? Any favourite songs or musicians?

No. Sadly I need total silence when I write. Distractions easily throw me out of the ‘zone’, something my partner often pokes fun at. When I’m not writing I listen to a lot of different music. Heather Nova, The Bastille, Scissor Sisters and Ace of Base spring to mind right now, ‘Xanadu’, “Lessons in Love” and “Wuthering Heights”.



I've noticed that family and pets, especially dogs, are very important to you. Do you think that it changed you and made you a better person today?

When I was young and carefree I always looked out for my friends but my current family and pet commitments have brought a new focus into my life and new priorities. I wouldn’t quite call myself a ‘better’ person but I do strive to improve in all areas of my life where I can.



You seem to be an avid reader and passionate reviewer with a current rank as a Top 500 Reviewer on Amazon. I'm simply amazed at your ability to do so many reviews! What is your secret? How do you manage to find the time do this?

My secret is my passion for books and my solidarity with other writers but I’m also just very fortunate enough that I have a lot of spare time. I used to travel and got into the habit of killing time on buses and in hotel rooms with books and that habit is hard to break.



Since you have a special place in your heart for animals, do you have any favourite charities?

My dear friend and fellow author Paulette Mahurin has introduced me to a No Kill Shelter in California, http://www.santapaulaarc.org/ All proceeds from her books go to that shelter. Although there are similar shelters in the UK, Santa Paula is probably my favourite animal charity.
I also admire the work that the Red Cross does worldwide.


Is there anything you would like to share with aspiring new writers?

It’s a tough game but with all the changes in the publishing industry it’s also a very exciting field. I remember how the Sundance Film Festival and Independent Film Production gave Hollywood a run for their money and in the end neither group missed out. The result was a revolution that livened up the market and gave the consumer a broader choice of books.

So keep going, keep writing and believe in yourself. Don’t let yourself be discouraged by slow sales or by the odd bad review. Try to learn from all of your experience and enjoy the ride.


Thank you Christoph for providing such wonderful insight into your work and your life!

Want to learn more about Christoph and his books? You can visit his website, view his blog and chat with him on Facebook:

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; 'Sebastian' in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel "Time To Let Go" in May. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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More links for his books:

The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)

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Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)
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The Black Eagle Inn (Three Nations Trilogy Book 3)
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Time To Let Go:

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October 1, 2014

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Continuity, not the big things like the time line and general events, but the tiny little details you make up while focusing on a different matter. Hair color of a secondary character, car type, etc.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Lionel Shriver and Christos Tsiolkas, both for their raw honesty and uncompromising writing.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not yet, but I did go to the London Book Fair this year and am planning to attend a few more in the future, now that I know how it all works.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

All my covers were designed by Daz Smith of nethed.com and I must say he is a wizard.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

“Conditions” was my first book and had all the usual ‘first book’ errors, such as repetition and over-emphasizing my points, or including viewpoints that have nothing to do with the story.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I found myself in almost all the characters I wrote, in one way or another. In that respect writing is a sometimes uncomfortable look in the mirror but it can also be liberating and very cathartic. I learned a lot of personal lessons.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes. Write as much as you can because only practice makes perfect. And don’t get knocked down by criticism. Take from it what helps and keep going.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Reviews are important to writers. If you have taken the time to read a book, consider leaving a comment on the website where you bought it. Independent writers in particular live from word of mouth and benefit from any fuss made about them. Remember that we do not have a big PR machine behind us, so if you liked a book you can make a big difference by just writing a few lines about it.


Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

It was called Konrad and was about a boy who came out of a tin. Apart from that, I grew up with Enid Blyton, Astrid Lindgren and Ottfried Preussler.
Grown up books: “The Idiot” by Dostoyevsky and “Heimatmuseum” by Siegfried Lenz.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Comedy TV, such as: Scrubs, Friends and Six Feet Under.
My friends. Writers: Ian Hutson, Duncan Whitehead and Aaron David.


Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

Swedish author Henning Mankell seems a fascinating character with all the theatre and charity work he is doing aside his writing.
Dead: My grandfather on my father’s side, who lived on the other side of the iron curtain and whom I never got to meet.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Walking my dogs, cycling, running, travelling and films.


Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Dexter, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Macrobiotic Vegan Tofu Salads (or Haribo and Pizza on naughty days) / Blue and Red / Cheesy Pop or atmospheric chill out music


Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Sports professional, location scout, dog whisperer


Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?

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September 28, 2014

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I did my A-levels at an old-fashioned grammar school in Bavaria, moved to Hamburg to become a librarian and ended up in London working for the British Film Institute and British Airways.
I come from a large family and now have three labradoodles as child substitutes with my partner.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My new book “Conditions” will be out on October 16th. It is a contemporary novel about friends, family, mental health and a funeral. I published three historical novels but after my last novel, “Time To Let Go” (a book about Alzheimer’s), was surprisingly popular I decided to follow with another contemporary book.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Five years ago I tried to write a handbook for a workshop and whilst I sat at the computer, I wrote down a short story, just to see if I could write fiction. To my surprise the short story turned into a novel and suddenly I had ideas for another. I wrote a few before I decided to publish one of them, “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” in late 2012.
My new book, “Conditions” will be my fifth published book but it originated from the very first ‘short story’ I wrote and is my ‘original’ first book


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

A key scene in “Conditions” is a funeral, which is based on one I personally attended. The family division at a moment of grief shocked me and I always wanted to know more about it, although I never found out. It inspired the central conflict in the book.
On a wider scale, I grew up in an environment where I felt I didn’t fit in and consequently, I always ended up being friends with other misfits; that has influenced the people that populate “Conditions”.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I tend to write the first draft with a plotline in mind but characters and events take on their own life, so I also become part spectator as the story unfolds.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Intuitively. I kept thinking of names but none of them fitted. Then “Conditions” popped into my mind and I liked it. I gradually realized how well it worked.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. I do, but I don’t want to spoil the experience by spelling it out and hitting you over the head with it. Something along the lines of “You’re not alone”


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

“Crime and Punsihment” by Dostoyevsky, “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts, “We Need to Talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver and “The Slap” by Christos Tsiolkas


Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

My beta readers Paulette Mahurin, Melodie Ramone, Fran Lewis and my editors (both writers) David Lawlor and Wanda Hartzenberg


Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“Americanah” by Chimaamanda Ngozi Adichie and “His Name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Far too many, Murielle Cyr, S. Rose,, Nichols Sansbury Smith, PC.Zick, Judith Barrow, Travis Luedke, Dianne Harman, Dab10…


Fiona: What are your current projects?
“In Search of a Revolution”, a historical novel set in Scandinavia between 1918 and 1850. It is about two Danish men whose friendship is tested by war, politics and love.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My partner Ryan whose patience and kindness puts most of us to shame.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I am starting to see it a bit like that but I am enjoying the experience so much that I know I will always write, even if I ever grow tired of publishing and marketing.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I learned a lot from feedback, critical reviews and from continuously writing, so part of me is always tempted to go back over old material with an editing pen. However, I am not sure I would change more than minor details. I know if someone edited one of my favorite books I might be quite upset about it.
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September 21, 2014

The proof copy of my new novel Conditions has arrived today. Bringing us closer to the planned publication of October 16th
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My dear friend and talented designer Daz Smith has come up with this great cover, based on a key scene in the book.
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CONDITIONS - the blurb:
When Charles and Tony's mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 

The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.

Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast.

Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

The book is on Goodreads for now, publication planned for mid-October 2014

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The first review is in, too:
"Christoph Fischer has done it again, in his great tale, Conditions. A writer of great warmth and depth, Fischer draws the reader in from the first sentence, where the rhythmic bleep of the life support machine sounds like a countdown. The reader is drawn into that hospital room and tension builds with the introduction of characters. The chapters move along like a journey through life, a clever ride through all and what it is to be human. On the backdrop of a funeral, two estranged brothers come together in what is sure to take the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. The challenge of a good writer is to elicit those emotions in the reader and Fischer does not disappoint as he describes in brilliant dialogue and scenes conflicts over material things, mental suffering, prejudices, and the anxiety over all that funeral setting engender and give rise to. A quick read that embraces a couple of weeks, with the characters developing to resemble family the reader can relate with; the tough guy with the soft interior, the odd ball that is difficult to be around, all the flavors and shades inhabited by the rest of us out here. Conditions is a book not to be missed."
Paulette Mahurin author of "The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap" and "His name was Ben", released this week.

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"Conditions" will be a strange and special occurence for me. I am going back to the very first book I've ever written.  Five years ago I was working on  a training manual when I decided to experiment with writing fiction.  The planned short story grew quickly and when it reached 36 pages and showed no sign of ending I abandoned the course and continued writing.  I put it aside and wrote my other novels. "Conditions" had a lot of the typical errors that a first book can have and I never was sure if I would ever be able to publish it. Ever so often I returned to it and made changes and improvements. The book underwent plenty of re-writes and edits but now I feel it might resonate well with some of those readers who liked "Time To Let Go". 

I used to go to a lot of funerals when I was in my teens and might have developed a morbid fascination at the dynamics and processes involved. I also loved "Six Feet Under", a TV series set in a funeral home. 

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I grew up as a bibliophile in a very macho and sports orientated environment  and always bonded more with the odd characters and outsiders rather than the prom queens and sports heroes. Over the years I have met and befriended many other "misfits". In this respect the novel is probably the most personal book to me. The events and characters are all a figment of my imagination.  Re-telling something that has happened already has never had an appeal to me as a writer.

I imagine Tony somewhat hardened boxer type with a light gentle touch and Charles like Alan Cummings, Johnny Depp or even Benedict Cumberbatch in some of their more eccentric roles. The story has been likened to The Breakfast Club - I don't know if that's true as I have not seen that one yet. I am toying with a sequel for this book already since it all takes place only in the space of two weeks. I hope to have the book ready for publication in October 2014.

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