One thing after the other ...

... that's what my life has been like for the last 14 months or so. Finally, I'm finding some space to breathe and to update my website, though.

Last year in July, I headed out to Hamburg (about two hours from here) for a business meeting. Little did I know that this meeting would turn into one of the more exciting projects I have ever worked on! Although I had already talked to one of the people I was going to meet on the phone, and had a really good feeling about working with her, I didn't know what to expect and was very nervous - especially since I knwe full well that the whole project we were discussing was on the line for me, depending on how the meeting was going to go.

What I hadn't expected was that the people I was going to see for the first time - Dr. Beate Forsbach from Edition Forsbach, Dr. Yusuke Yahagi M.D. and his wife April Yahagi - were not just enthusiastic for the project, but also really nice and welcoming. I hope I'm not exaggerating when I say that we clicked instantly.

 From left to right: April Yahagi, myself, Beate Forsbach, Yusuke Yahagi

From left to right: April Yahagi, myself, Beate Forsbach, Yusuke Yahagi

Yusuke Yahagi es a heart surgeon from Texas and has written the novel "The Exchange Soldier" (available here and here in English), which he wanted to publish in Dr. Forsbach's publishing house in English and German. Yours truly was supposed to translate, of course. When we parted ways at the end of the day, we were all on the same page: This was a project we all wanted to tackle together.

The process that followed was unique for me in many ways. Working so closely with the actual author of a novel was very exciting. I can't recall how many e-mails we passed back and forth between Texas and Brauschweig, but I'll never forget surprisingly productive phone calls at midnight. And of course, it was all in service of one thing: to make the novel even better.

And the hard work by all parties paid off in the end. "Der Austauschsoldat" has been in stores since March. You can buy it here directly from the publishers, or here on Amazon.

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In May, I even had the pleasure of visiting the book's launch in the gorgeous Literaturhaus Berlin and get my own copy signed by the author - which is not as common for translators as you might think.

Even less had I expected to be introduced by Yusuke himself and even get a round of applause, which made me very happy and proud, but also caused me to stare at the floor rather hard. I very much look forward to seeing where the road is going to take Yusuke, Beate and the Exchange Soldier. I'm sure the future is bright for them.

Good-Bye UK, Hello Germany!

After two fantastic years living in the UK, I had to say good-bye to Windsor in early February, as it was time for me to move on. Moving on, in this case, meant back to Germany, but also on to brand-new challenges: Braunschweig (or "Brunswick") is my new home, a city I knew next to nothing about when I arrived here. However, it has turned out to be surprisingly pleasant, so I'm starting to feel right at home here after only two short months. Please note my new address and phone number, then:

Christina Brombach
Im Gettelhagen 102
38108 Braunschweig
Germany

Phone: +49-531-12867891
Mobile: +49-174-3779633

Obviously, moving house between two countries is tough at the best of times, and considering that both my husband and I simply adore (and collect) books, the logistical challenges were considerable. However, I've settled in nicely now and am looking forward to a bright future with many new opportunities here in the heart of Germany - including travelling to fairs and conventions I've had to forgo in the past. The first of these will be the LoveLetter Convention in Berlin on May 2 and 3, which I'm very much looking forward to. If you would like to meet me there, shoot me an email (christina.brombach@gmail.com) so we can arrange a date and time. I'd love to meet you!

 

Welcome!

Hallo and welcome to my brand new website!

I hope you will like it here, although it is still a bit bare in places. This is going to change in the near future; soon, you will be able to find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, maybe even Twitter, as well as some professional networks, which should help the "Networks" page grow rather nicely.

Until then, please do come in! Make yourself comfortable, take a good look around, and if you like what you see, feel free to contact me. I'm looking forward to meeting you!