Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name and age.
I’m Andre Michael Pietroschek, a 47 year old German author & ex-homeless half-troll.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Born into the industrial melting pot of Western Germany, and having lost a lot of time herein.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a university dropout by the books, never recovered the financial losses. I am a former fantasy roleplayer & game master, seriously influencing my prose and my priorities. I am a survivor of a winter among the urban homeless, as one of the urban homeless, and I did spent my decades in the less genteel lower ranks of society, sometimes, as the criminal in the equation (for honesty’s sake, no court to nail me for that old crap).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Hamstrung by my old publishers I restarted with BookRix and Draft2Digital, and I produced my own self-made audiobooks (https://awesound.com/AristoBum )
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started as a kid, when a story wasn’t good enough I wanted it fixed. Later poetry touched me, and the joy of meeting artists & authors with cultivation & some education straight while part of the subcultures we lived for (back then).
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When the second ebook, and the customer wanted first paper book, sold not at all, and I did not even flinch!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The poor people, who always were good to me, and who spend their lifetime in not so comfortable jobs, houses, and neighborhoods. I dreamed of creating some jobs, but so far I failed. And animals, like my mother drilled me, I am a ‘cautious-fanatic’ on animal rights & neo-shamanism…
Fiona: How did you come up with the new titles?
The Obfuscated Thunderbird, as it is clearly inspired by Dashiell Hammet’s Maltese Falcon.
Blood On My Touchscreen, as it was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s DAGON, and by the concept of retelling it in modern prose (in more modern own words).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I enjoy writing, while inventing the story, though I admit I need extra efforts to correct grammar, sloppiness, and comma placement.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
25%. I wanted a streak of truth shining, or leaking, through, as I have never been a skilled deceiver (lack of talent).
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I suffered damage to hip and spine by now, and hence dislike traveling a bit more than before. A global tragedy that not all artists & poets can travel freely, so the tales they deliver are speaking from both, knowledge learned AND personal experience.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did. People, by reading my ebooks, wouldn’t believe how much better I could do layout and cover-art, if not impaired by low technology and
crappy software, or barely veiled attempts to blackmail money out of me, before I ever earn sales. Still, I prefer offering artists a chance to create covers for me, so I can hype them along.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Growing adult is not optional, and there is a lot of abstract crippling & killing danger in our society. Diseases, accidents, allergies…
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
There are many noteworthy, wise, and helpful persons out there – Beyond all religion, beyond all politics, where for one moment we can rightfully be who we truly are. Poets, writers, narrator animators, and kudos to all the mothers, who contribute more than children’s books!
One of the most remembered, and darkly spiritual, stories I read in years:
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Valerie Noir. In my own terms, stemming from ‘Vampire the Masquerade’: Valferatu, Valkavian & Valeador!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I see it as a fraud-infected, dying industry.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, improving readability to show my readers that I respect them. Oh, and starting my own charity in each.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I learned to do all my work myself, combine it with bathroom cleaning, and martial arts workouts, and never stopping to fight-back against frustration and disappointment!
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would want one ‘star’ from each represented generation to join in, with some real charity, in case we score more money than expected. Given that I already have first lessons on low-budget movie making aka film-making, I fear it could one day be done. Luckily newer talents arise.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never consider yourself better, or wiser, than those who read your works. Even, if it is factually true and legal.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for taking a chance on me! It’s tough, as a new author, but the feedback has been appreciated.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Vampyre’s Daughter by Jeff Schanz.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. I would say ‘The little prince’, but in truth that came later.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
No, I did not yet earn any special in that league, and I would ignore it to further my own goals, or save some real lives instead.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Meditation, walking the surroundings, online research.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I loved ‘Those who kill’, ‘Supernatural (early seasons)’, and ‘Star Wars – The Clone Wars’.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I work on a better balance between loving it, and knowing it to be healthy. Music is too much to list. With age milder colors became more comforting.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Producing movies, video games, or simply being dead?