What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Demon Summoner: Apprentice?
As a decades-long war rages in the Holy Roman Empire, field surgeon Martin shares a shocking truth with his new apprentice Gustav: Demons are real, and the casualties of battle are their reward for fighting for humanity. A revelation that changes everything…
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
Since graduating with degrees in history and political science 20 years ago, I have dealt with historical material almost daily as a history teacher. Hence it was only a matter of time before I combined this with my passion for fantasy. The result is “Demon Summoner: Apprentice,” a thoroughly researched historical novel, with a fair dash of fantasy and humor.
I am a big fantasy fan and I love historical novels because I work as a history teacher. That’s why I write my own novels in this very genre.
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
As always, these are a few books: currently “Amongst Our Weapons” (Rivers of London Book 9) by Ben Aaronovich entertains me very well. In addition, I’m reading various reference books on the French Revolution, because my next historical-fantastic novel will be set in that period.
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
I liked the first appearance of the demoness and her loose tongue. Actually, I like all the scenes where Mela the demoness appears, because I can bring in a lot of humor there.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
I always listen to music loudly and with noise-canceling headphones, no matter if I’m all alone in our house or the dog and kids are making noises. A few years ago I was very inspired by underground hip-hop, now I tend to listen to jazz…
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
Always be who you are!
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
In war, absolutely everyone loses. This has been proven not only by the Thirty Years’ War, which I describe in my current book, but by all armed or military conflicts.
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