Once upon a time a freshly degreed German woman traveled to the U.S. to take a job in marketing for a hotel chain. At a Super Bowl party she met an engineer who worked in aerospace. That was in 1987. Thirty plus years, three kids and several careers later, the no longer so young woman is returning to her home country.
Yes, dear friends and readers, after much consideration and many sleepless nights, weâ€™ve decided to move back to Germany. My retired husband and our old mutt, Mocha, are joining me and together weâ€™ll plan on exploring Europe. Of course, Iâ€™ll continue my author career. In fact, watch for a new novel hitting the market in early winter. Specifics will follow soon.
Eventually I hope to write in both English and German. Iâ€™d also love to translate my bestselling and award-winning novel, â€˜Surviving the Fatherland,â€™ because the story takes place in Germany during and after WWII.
You may ask, how it feels to be back. To be honest, I donâ€™t know yet. The first few days feel like any other visit. My brain canâ€™t decide whether to speak German or English and so I often switch between languages. Suffering from jetlag, I walk the streets in a daze and lay awake at night. Itâ€™s strange to think we have no return tickets and that this change is permanent. Iâ€™m enjoying time with my aging father and my family, my old friends and classmates. For the next few weeks, many trips to various city offices will keep us busy. Weâ€™ve got to set up bank accounts, buy and register a car, set up insurance carriers, select Internet and phone services, arrange for the arrival of our moving container, andâ€¦andâ€¦
Eventually, weâ€™ll find ourselves in our new apartment, ready to tackle great adventures. On the writing front, nothing changes though I plan to add school visits to English classes, and maybe some editing and English related writing services. In the end, Iâ€™ll continue what I love mostâ€”writing. After all, an author only needs a laptop and a notepad.
In Other News
I just learned that ‘Surviving the Fatherland’ has been selected as a “Discovered Diamond” by the Discovering Diamonds Historical Fiction Blog. Look for their review on October 3rd.
Kindle Book Awards
‘Surviving the Fatherland is a semi-finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards. Finalists will be announced in early October.