Writing on, and about, an island

Guten Tag, German Readers

In Books, Crime & Mystery Writer, Writing on April 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm

The main character in my Tasmanian crime book is from Berlin. Her name is Cattis Cull, she’s a 33-year-old academic – and I only have a vague idea as to why I ‘made’ her German… I say made, but characters tend to create themselves.

Perhaps she’s German because:

  • I love Berlin
  • I have German heritage (my last name was Anglicised during WW1), and learnt German growing up
  • One of my favourite books is Anna Funder’s Stasiland
  • I can remember where I was when the Wall came down
  • There’s something enigmatic, mysterious and cool about Berlin

I kind of imagine her looking like actress/author Kitty Aldridge.

Again, not sure why.

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