Good morning! Today we can read the amazing interview with Florian Wacker. Enjoy!
-We see that your career has gone down the road of Psychiatry in adolescents. When writing starts to be more important or how it has been taking more and more presence in your life?
I write since I can think. Writing is a part of my life and probably a part of my personality. As a young adult, it was a big dream to publish a book one day and to call myself a “writer”. But only after my studies in Leipzig at the German Institute for Literature, I began to see writing as a serious thing. I’ve published some stories in magazines, was invited to readings and get contacts to lectors and agents. Since then I see myself as a writer, I can say: My profession is a writer.
-What was for you to start to get Awards, mentions? How has this changed your life, your interests, your plans with respect to the literature?
Texts must find their ways to readers, to other writers, and awards are a possibility to reach that. And awards are also one possibility to get contacts to publishers, lectors, editors etc. In 2010 I’ve won my first award, and this, so I can say, was the start of my career as a writer. It was like breaking through a wall.
-How are you facing your author career?
Think in years not in days – this is what I’ve learnt in the past. It goes on, step by step, sometimes you stand for a while at the same place, sometimes you jump. You must have patience, perseverance and a bit luck. At the moment I’m happy with my life as an author, in spring 2018 my new novel will appear and I’m writing the next one. I walk, step by step.
-With regard to the translation. You write in German, only one of your stories of Alburquerque book has been translated into English. Is that influencing your career as a writer? There are plans of translating more parts of your work?
It would be great if more of my stories would be translated into English. But in the moment there are no plans for other translations. As a German writer it is hard to get translated into English, maybe when you write a bestseller. So I focus on the German book market to become a strong voice there.
-We have read the Mouse story, which is translated into English. Is a very intense story that we don’t want to reveal anything key, however, have called us the attention the chosen name, Mouse, a weak animal, and Petra which means rock, was this an intentional detail?
In German the main character is called “Muffe”, this means to be afraid, to be not a very brave person. Names of literary characters can be a key, a way to understand the story or the intention of the author, and I think most writers choose them well.
-Which topics you are interested in, on what are you thinking writing?
Not in special topics but in human beings, in situations. My next novel, for example, take place in the Amazon basin in Peru over three centuries, so I had a lot to read about the history, the amazon rainforest etc. Another project, a book for young adults, is about a young girl who is a talented gymnast. The topics depend on what I want to write and this can be very different.
-Do you think that literature can help people?
Literature can show you another point of view, another way of life, it tells about human beings and their motivations, their fears and longings. Literature can’t prevent wars or the climate change, but it can tell about the horror of war, find a voice for all these unspeakable things.
-Are there any clubs, book clubs, in your city? Have you participated in any?
Not yet in Frankfurt. But when I studied creative writing in Leipzig, I was involved in different student projects and readings.
-What do you say to a novel writer that feels rejected again and again by the denials of the publishers?
Write and try it again. What I’ve learned the last years: You must have a strong will, learn to deal with denials, work hard on your texts and get honest feedback from readers (not from your mother, grandma or your boyfriend).
-We believe that everyone has a book that has impacted us much in her or his life, could be for the moment in which we have read it or by the subject that touches what is the book that has changed you life?
There are a various books for the different phases of life. As a young adult, I love adventure books like The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, later then I began to read Joyce, Beckett, Dostojewskij and American writers like Cheever, Carver and Yates. But I think the most impressive reading experience in the last years was William Faulkner, especially The Sound and the Fury and Light in August. Great literature!