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I grew up in a small city in southern Germany that was much too bureaucratic and sleepy for me. But I was also born into a family with a love for books and music. Playing the piano and reading about Astrid Lindgren’s or Jane Austen’s idyllic worlds helped me through the ups and downs of childhood and adolescence.

Growing up in the 1960s and 70s, I had three big dreams: to one day be a mother, to live in America, and to write a book—in no particular order. But life threw me many curveballs (from divorce to infertility struggles) and it wasn’t until 1998, when the first two dreams became true within a few months of each other.

It took another twenty years until I found the inspiration to write my debut novel TURN BACK TIME. My books aren’t autobiographical, but in my writing, I realized that our past never really leaves us, and every story contains grains of my own experiences.

My novels explore questions about relationships, long-harbored dreams, but also about deep-rooted insecurities, and send the protagonists on emotional journeys of personal growth. Each of my books, even though fictional, is inspired by everyday people and events. I’m not content with being limited to one genre and interweave contemporary romance with strong elements of women’s fiction and a hefty dose of travelogue.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, photography, going for long walks and lunch dates with friends, and traveling…always traveling!

 

And I added another dream: spending part of the year in Italy, writing many more books under the inspiring Tuscan sun.

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