" Don't be afraid, don't be afraid of the inevitable. It is going to happen. Let us all focus on the immediate rather than the past. It is ever so important to use the past as a learning tool to guide in the present and build the future. Mistakes were never bad, they are meant to sometimes and most often have habitual recurrence to teach us something. Maybe that something is good, or maybe it is even bad. Whichever road fork it is, it's ever so pressing to comprehend and understand that change is the greatest thing in life.
Writing Nur Für Dich has been such a rewarding experience and journey. This book is an emotional masterpiece full of ups and downs. Nur Für Dich means Only For You in German. I bring to you a question and answer page as an added bonus feature for this wonderful book.
When did you begin writing this book?
It is actually very hard to believe, but this book began in December of 2016. Really it has been a long 6 years. I need to mention that the plot began totally different than what it is now. Originally I wanted to cross both the commercial world and the military world of aviation. Every aspect of the story was very different. I even changed the character's names a total of 6 times. Through long thinking and writing I ended up creating 5 different drafts. That means I re-wrote this book about 5 times.
Who are the characters based on?
So there is not any specific person that influenced any of the characters in the book. I feel as if there always needs to be a character that reflects someone's specific personality, but for this book I sort of combined personalities of many people I have known. I never base characters off one single person. Writing is an empath's paradise, so that also means that I can sort of curate my own character personalities based off feelings and thoughts.
What part was the most fun/hardest to write?
It is interesting to actually think about this one. I would say the best part to write was definitely the ending. I really got emotional writing that knowing that the book was coming to an end, but I also really felt that deep connection to Marion and what was happening. I really like to dive deeper into the lives of a character and what they are feeling. Marion was just someone that I could connect with really well. The hardest scene was the chapters where she was emotionally bound to Nicholas, but she had to be split. That was hard because I had to really sneak into the minds of both these amazing people.
Does this book have a connection to you?
Absolutely! This book reflects a lot of my feelings through Marion. She is a shy girl that struggles to speak up, but when she does she always has something good to say. Marion has the same thought processes and mental connections that I do. I tried to integrate part of me into the story without going too far overboard. I must make it clear that Marion is not me, she is just another character. I wanted to place the emphasis of 'good is good' throughout the story. No matter what it is so important to understand that the smallest things influence something so big. The ending of the story emphasizes that point.
What is up with Nicholas?
He is quite a complicated character for me personally to explain. I really love the name Nicholas -and yes if your name is Nicholas you have the best name ever- that is why I integrated it into my story. It is never about the name, but rather, what that name means. The name Nicholas means 'victor of the people.' Since this is a war time story I wanted that influence behind the smallest details. Marion means 'star of the sea,' or 'beloved.' Throughout the story it makes total sense as to why these characters were assigned the names they were given. It is not just because I love those names, but rather, their specific meaning. There were indeed a few people that influenced the name Nicholas, but other than that it is purely just for the deep meaning.
Do you cry while reading the book?
I do cry when I read Nur Für Dich. While I was doing a quick edit before posting it all I could not help but really bond with the characters in such a way I could feel what they were going through. The world is a tough place where they are from. Everything that was happening to them really dug deep into my veins. I mean, Marion's shock of a lifetime, Nick's performed miracle, and the inevitable. I absolutely intended this to be a story that has a rollercoaster of emotions. It is meant to teach life long lessons through small and simple things.
What inspired the idea behind this book?
Actually it was inspired by a variety of things. I actually took a lot of inspiration from dreams I had. That sounds very weird, but that is the sole inspiration behind this whole thing. My dream to fly was something else that really fueled this specific piece of literature.
Question and Answer part two is coming very soon!