- What should we know about you? Please introduce yourself!
I was born in Linz in upper Austria as the second daughter out of six children. I like swimming, travelling and being outdoors. After school I worked as sales promoter, waitress, receptionist, bookseller and office assistant. Now I live with my two cats in Vienna where I studied German Philology and Journalism & New Media.
I love ice cream, rocking chairs and summer rain.
- How old were you when you started writing? What does writing mean to you? What are your goals with writing?
I don’t remember when I started writing but making up and telling stories was always part of my life. Since I was young, I have been fascinated by books and all kinds of arts. In my teenage years I started juggling and I was training seriously to become a professional juggler. My goal was to hire in a circus and juggle around the world. But then I grew up and became more reasonable and realistic, so now I’m focusing on my writing skills to become a novelist. I believe writing is the most powerful art, because an author can create whole worlds out of the blue who are special and unique in every readers mind.
- What kind of books do you like to read? Who is an Austrian author that you’d recommend?
I like almost every genre but mostly read contemporary fiction. T.C.Boyle, John Irving, Kazuo Ishiguro, Claire King, Cormac McCarthy,…
My favourite book is Sand from the german author Wolfgang Herrndorf.
Austrian wirters I would recommend are Maja Haderlap, Joseph Roth, Peter Henisch and Michael Köhlmeier
- What works of yours have already been published? What are you currently working on?
I’ve published a few journalistic online articles but want to focus more on literary writing. Besides that I’m currently working on my master thesis and collecting new ideas for my next novel.
- What is the genre of your published works? What other genres would you be interested in writing?
I’m writing fiction but would also be interested to do documentaries
- Tell us about how you write!
- How much do you usually write? Do you write daily? Weekly? This varies very much and always depends of the story I’m writing on.
- What part of the day do you prefer to write? Night and day… but mostly in the evening
- What do you do if you’re out of ideas? Making a break, enjoy life and get inspirations
- Do you outline your writing first or do you start right in on the first draft? Do you prefer hand writing or do you write on a computer?Usually on a computer, but hand writing is better for concentration and inspiration
- Where do you like to write? for example at home, in a coffee shop etc. Mostly at home
- Are your stories typically character-centered or plot-centered? Varies from story to story
- How did you hear about Europe Village Project?
Someone else sent me the anouncement, because she thought I should apply.
- What do you think about the teamwork involved and our workshops?
It was very smooth but sometimes difficult, i guess mostly because of the distances and the short time we could spent together. But the atmosphere was very nice and through the project i guess we grew together to one novel.
- Have you ever participated in teamwork like this before?
Not exactly like this, it was a good experience
- What is the hardest part of working as part of a team?
Probably getting all different visions together to one common vision.