Featured Interview With Christoph Fromm
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Christoph Fromm and I am screenwriter and author. Among other things I have written the cinema films “Treffer”, “Die Katze” and “Spieler” for Dominik Graf and aside from that the television series “Die Wölfe” for my brother.
Eleven years ago I have founded the Primero publishing house together with Tina Lizius. I have written the novels “Macht des Geldes”, “Amoklauf im Paradies” and “Stalingad – The lonliest death” which also appeared in English as you can see from the title.
I live in Munich, but I was born in Stuttgart and I love going to Sweden near Östersund every year. This is also the setting of the second half of my novel “Amoklauf im Paradies”. I don’t have any pets, except from a squirrel that is sitting on my window seat every day, if that counts.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading the books of Astrid Lindgren at the age of six and I never stopped ever since. I started with writing screenplays for television and film 34 years ago.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
In my youth I was influenced by Kafka, Jack London, Hemingway. Later Dostojewski, Hubert Selby, Beckett, Foster Wallace. And among the thriller authors: Ellroy, Hammett. And Franzen, of course, the list is endless. I still love reading thriller, especially political thriller. John le Carre is also one of my favourites.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called „Amoklauf im Paradies“. It tells the story of a petit bourgeois, or you could even say enraged citizen who gets slowly but surely out of control.
I think that this is a highly topical story, because for many of us certainties more and more break off. It is also the story of a daughter who is seeking affirmation with her father that he cannot give her though. The tone of the book is funny, but as with every good comedy the situation of the characters is rather tragic.
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