Another wonderful author… Teasers to come 🙂
Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.
Hearing that her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.
In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.
In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for 18 years and moved to Australia in September 1992.
Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After the operation and radiation, she just vegetated, but she was always there for the girls, always thinking that she probably is dead in a few years anyway. After two years she was still alive and her brain started to work again. So she told herself, ‘Get a grip on yourself and make something out of your life’.
And so she thought about the time when she was writing short stories and getting inspired again seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Since her English became better she thought to give it a try to see how it would work out.
Albert taught her how to use a computer and so she developed many short stories. She sent them in for competitions and sometimes got very good reports back. None made it for the first prize, but it gave her confidence to go on writing. And one day, the idea for the Talon series came to her.
Now she loves writing, but she also loves travelling, 4*4 touring, gardening and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.