Fiction was my first love, long before I even thought about becoming an academic. I look back to a decade-long career in the German film and television industry in the course of which I became head author of the weekly TV drama series FABRIXX. My practical knowledge of film production and script writing has deeply influenced my theoretical and analytical work as film and literary scholar, but I always missed writing fiction. Recently, I have returned to it, trying my hand at a couple of short stories and a novel, for which I am currently seeking representation. Now I find the opposite is also true – the issues I have become invested in as a scholar influence and inform my creative writing. It’s been a fascinating journey so far.
FABRIXX was a weekly TV drama series for young adults set in a youth center in Stuttgart, Germany. It tells the stories of a diverse group of teenagers who face the challenges of growing up in the early years of the 21st century. It explores topics such as friendship, love, and sexuality along with the negative consequences of peer pressure, trauma and drug abuse, and social issues such as discrimination, racism, and nationalism. It was broadcasted on German national television (ARD) from 2000 to 2005, altogether four seasons and 220 episodes.
After a few months as production manager, I first became a script editor on the series and then was promoted to head writer in 2001. In that capacity, I authored 163 episodes of FABRIXX.
My short story “Le Déluge” is set in a New York restaurant of the same name known for serving the very last specimen of endangered animal species. It tells the story of Jake, whose job it is to keep New York above water, metaphorically speaking, and who must make a terrible decision.
“Le Déluge” is forthcoming in the Summer 2021 issue of Orca: A Literary Journal
I’m currently querying my first novel, FRAGILE, which is set in the same near-future world as my short story and explores the meaning of love, loss, and resilience in an era of global scarcity and rapid climate change.