Did you hear Odesza?

D.C. Odesza is one of those colleagues I only got to know personally when I was voted my favorite author. Although, of course, I already noticed their noble covers in Amazonia. Just look at this one. Just great. Mind cinema from the first glance. That my friend Mella Dumont praises her in the highest tones - and not only professionally, but also personally, is of course a recommendation.


Of course, I was excited about our conversation and the insights into the life of an author and the personality behind it. Thank you for taking your time despite your dog grooming.


What is your "fuel" when you write, where do you get your ideas from?


Read a lot of books (from classic novels to fantasy & dystopias) and of course music - because I can't write without music.
(I also like background noises. Other authors like BC Bolt, for example, are more in favor of absolute silence.)

Sometimes I spend hours looking for a suitable title so I can keep writing.
(* haha ​​* I'd rather leave the radio on. Otherwise I'll get lost in the track composition and won't write at all.)

Then the ideas flow all by themselves.

(And what ideas ...)


What would you do if you couldn't write anymore?

Dark thought. How do you come up with such a mean question?
(As I explained to Jennifer Jager - I'm just pretending to be nice. I'm not.)

Let's think pessimistically, then I would paint, read, or grab a dictation machine to record my stories.
(Another one for the dictation workshop! Katja, BC Bolt ... we can get the course together!)

I would definitely find a way to "write" even if I ran out of hands or if I was blind. There would definitely be a way for me. If I'm being honest, I sometimes imagined what would happen if I couldn't write.

(And ??? Although cliffhangers are okay in books, I find them mean in interviews.)


On what occasions have you considered stopping writing?


(This will put your fans at ease.)

What was your most emotional experience while writing?

The sad scenes, e.g. when a person says goodbye or bad things are wrongly inflicted on him.
(Do you have an example?)

For example, I never, really never get the scene out of my head when Gideon Maron taped on the toilet in "Longing Found" in order to beat her down verbally and physically.
And a scene from “Zalina” when Tarek watches as the Domnita is whipped without intervening.

(What we come up with for our protas is weird. If you read how we all suffer from it, it is so weird that it will probably straighten out again on another level. * Kay waves her hands and is spatially overwhelmed . *)

How much autobiography is there in your stories?

Well, difficult. I'm not a mathematician, more of an idealist. I've never been particularly good at percentages. : D
(Elegant attempt ... just guess.)

But a lot - more than I would like, after all, you can only write about something you know.

(My speech. I admit that my dragon and vampire knowledge are all abstractly derived. And I hope your whip too!)


What would be the biggest compliment you can be given as a writer?

The greatest compliment for me is always - although I write trivial literature - when people write to me that my books have brought them out of a short-term depression, that a relationship that has fallen asleep is revived, that reading is an experience for them and lets you switch off from everyday life.
(Don't put trivial literature down like that. We all get satisfied with bread, not lobster.)

Those are the most beautiful compliments that I get over and over again, because never - not even for a second, would I have thought it possible to touch people like that with my books.

(Actually all colleagues say that, the happiness of authors does not consist in dismissing a story that "wants to get out", but in the simple feeling of making others happy. I think that's wonderful.)


Who is your ideal reader for you?

I myself. There is no other.
(Okay? This is a completely new answer now. I'm curious ...)

No one can feel the words like I felt them.

No one can see the same scene exactly as I saw it.

Nobody can hear the sound of my protagonists' voices as I heard them.

Or if I go on, nobody feels the touch of my characters as I felt them.

Nevertheless, I show my readers my world and think that a great many can feel it as well, albeit in a different way.
(One of my favorite book quotes about this is: "No two people will ever read the same book.")


Which of your protagonists would you describe the relationship status with yourself as "difficult"?


(Yeah. Difficult. Which is not to say that you don't like the Prota.)

But I would say Gabór with his secrecy and Miguel with his freaking out, Law with his spinning and Gideon with his indecision. As in real life, I briefly have a "difficult" relationship with some of my protagonists, even with Dakota, Odette and Maron.

(I can imagine thtat.)

And finally: to which question in an author interview would you just like to answer with "yes"?

Has a dream come true for you and do you thank God for it?