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Interview with Christoph Marzi

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Hardly any adulation that I come across Christoph Marzi hadn't put it on paper yet, and again and again he brings me to new virtual knees before his ideas and his talent for drawing pictures in the reader's head with his words. On the occasion of his brand new novel The miraculous story of the Faye Archer (http://www.schwarzesbayern.de/?p=3787) I asked the author for a short interview.

Enchi: Describe "The Wonderful Story of Faye Archer" in one sentence.
Christoph Marzi: A story that is like a golden autumn day.

Enchi:Music plays an essential role in most of your novels, in “Faye Archer” perhaps even more than usual. Do you make music yourself? How do you get ideas like “September on my tongue” or “Miss Coffee” - are there any melodies in your head?
CM: I am able to elicit melodies from my piano, but I neither play regularly nor particularly well (although I had lessons for years as a child). The melodies always have to do with certain moods, with colors, emotions. It is in this context that the titles and the melodies are created. In concrete terms: Yes, I usually imagine specific melodies (or perhaps better: rhythms).

Enchi: Alex is working or working on a graphic novel. Could you imagine taking part in such a project yourself?
CM: In any case, I would be delighted if an illustrator would approach me with this concern.

Enchi: Faye finds Alex again on Facebook. What do you think of social media and what do you think the future of communication looks like?
CM: No technology is good or bad. Social media are part of life and it is important, especially for young people, to know how to use them. Of course, I don't know what the future of communication will look like. But I think that at some point everything will find a balance in which it is easy to live.

Enchi:Faye Archer is more of a charming American love story than a fantasy novel. Did you consciously want to move away from worlds like the ancient metropolis and Malfuria, towards more subtle fantasy?
CM: The story just came to my mind. Sounds banal, but it was true. I wanted to write a story that was like easy listening. A story that you just feel good about. Faye Archer is one with her music and the colors of Brooklyn Heights. It was good to stay there.

Enchi: Faye had problems with her mother. So she fits into the series of many of your characters: orphans, children of divorce ... Why do children and young people with difficult backgrounds often play the main roles in your novels?
CM: Characters with difficult family backgrounds are interesting to a writer because so much can happen.

Enchi: Some of your characters - especially Vesper Gold from Grimm - are pretty goth, and it's not for nothing that we are called SchwarzesBayern. Do you have anything to do with the black scene?
CM: No, actually not at all. I used to be more like that, but I've been getting more and more colorful for years.

Enchi: Inside question: David Tennant or Matt Smith?
CM: David Tennant! Clearly. But I'm really looking forward to Peter Capaldi.

Enchi: Which book would you be proud of if you had written it?
CM: Great expectations

Enchi: Who would you like to have tea with (fictional character or real person)?
CM: Ian Malcolm, Tim Burton, Bob Dylan, Grady Tripp and Judi Dench.

Enchi: What does a perfect day look like for you?
CM: Red with white dots!

Enchi: Do you have a favorite character from your own books?
CM: I like Colin Darcy a lot, as do Faye Archer and Piper Hepworth. And of course Chico, the stuffed monkey.

Enchi: Who was the hero of your childhood?
CM: Captain Future, Zorro (the one from Yesterday's westerns) Mr. Spock. And the wombles.

Enchi: Your first book?
CM: A tailor's book with the title Fly, little blackbird, fly.

Enchi: What should everyone have on their bookshelf (and of course read)?
CM: Something of Charles Dickens.

Enchi: What was the last book you read and how was it?
CM: The Ocean at the End of the Lane of Neil Gaiman. Terrifyingly beautiful and nostalgic and, I think, only understandable if the child you once were is still alive.

Enchi: What do you think of book adaptations, and could you imagine one of your books as a film (if so, which one)?
CM: I love movies. I look at all sorts of things. Fidelity isn't as important when it comes to capturing the sentiment and message of the template. I would love to hear from my novels Fabula, Piper and Faye see it filmed (in addition, I would be very fond of Never more). The others too, of course. In the end, it would definitely be fascinating to see what a film would look like about it.

Enchi: What inspires you to write, where do you get all these fantastic ideas from?
CM: Writing is an obsessive desire. The ideas ... come to mind. Difficult to say. Today they become stories; in the past they were class register entries.

Enchi: How long does it take from the first idea to the finished book?
CM: That is very different. And difficult to answer. But once I start writing, the story will come to an end.

Enchi: What's in the works, what can your readers look forward to?
CM: The current novel has the working title MAINE. The manuscript is growing and growing and will be ready soon (hopefully before the evil deadline monsters swarm out). A teenage novel set on the Maine coast. I won't reveal more at this point.

Enchi: A few final words. What do you really want to say to SchwarzesBayern?
CM: Beware of Faye Archer. The world quickly turns all red with white dots when you hear their music ...

Anyone who has become curious now can look forward to Christoph Marzis homepage and the lovingly maintained Facebook page. His novels are published by Heyne and Arena, and you can of course find many reviews here on SchwarzesBayern.