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 as well as a novel and TV pilot script, 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.
Below you can find more information on my television scripts, short stories, and novel.
FRAGILE is an unproduced pilot script for a seven-hour drama series based on my novel of the same name. Set in a divided near-future New York where intimacy is as scarce as food, drugs, and normal weather, it tells the fated love story between a Homeland Security agent tasked with keeping the city alive and a passionate underground activist from the dying side of East River.
FABRIXX is 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.
The series 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 penned 163 episodes of FABRIXX.
Something, Somehow, Somewhere
A young woman takes a trip from New York to California to meet her estranged father shortly after her mother dies. While a hurricane threatens to destroy everything she was hoping to return to, she is given the chance to leave it all behind.
“Something, Somehow, Somewhere” is forthcoming in the November 2021 issue of the Delmarva Review
“Welcome to the Déluge.” The host smiles at him as he dives into the dimly lit lobby of the restaurant, relieved to be out of the rain. Her greeting sounds funny, the pronunciation halfway between English and French, plus he finds it fitting given that he’s dripping wet from the torrents coming down outside. She offers a towel and a dry jacket for him to wear during dinner and reminds him to put his Spine in full 3D mode, as if that wasn’t the default. He’s still surrounded by the holographic maps and track forecasts he’s been working with on his way up here from the West Village, trying to arrive at a decision.
Read more in Orca, issue 7, 2021.
I’m currently querying my first novel, FRAGILE, which is set in the same near-future world as my short stories and explores the meaning of love, loss, and resilience in an era of global scarcity and rapid climate change.