Wednesday 25 October 2017

Interview: Jessica Koch

Last Updated: 17 July 2024

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Today, I'm pleased to be able to bring you an exciting interview with indie author Jessica Koch, celebrating the release of her novel So Near the Horizon.

How did writing the book come about?
It was actually a coincidence that I wrote the book. It rather served as a means to process experiences. It was not my aim to become a writer. After sending it to five different literary agents and receiving four positive answers, I started to think about creating a book out of it.
How did you first become interested in writing?
In high school, I was interested in writing essays and short stories. Actually becoming a writer, though, never originally crossed my mind.
So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch book cover

Tell me about So Near the Horizon.
The novel deals with a very deep love story. It is a story about trust, courage, pain, despair and the strength to let go.
How did you go about the translation process?
My agent arranged the translation. Two native speakers did the translation and the editing part. Now we will just see how things develop.
What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The lack of sleep. I only write at night when everyone else is asleep.
Jessica Koch author photo

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Many people ask me how my books became so successful. There is no such formula for success. Just do it. Believe in it and do not give up. There is actually one saying which motivates me to show other people that anything is possible: 'When someone tells you it can’t be done, it’s more a reflection of their limitations, not yours.' 
What are your interests outside of writing and reading?
I like riding and running. Most of my free time I spend with my son - well, what's left of my free time, anyway!  
What are you currently working on?
My last book (in German: Die Endlichkeit des Augenblicks) was published in June. Right now, I am focusing on the publication of So Near the Horizon in the US.
What are you reading at the moment?
The last book I read was Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for reading.
So Near the Horizon is available to buy now (paid link; commission earned).

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