What are two things that don’t always seem to mix? Dating and Berlin. Author and blogger Manuel Thieme is on mission to change that. Inspired by her conversations with family and friends, Manuela writes about how to build better relationships. When she’s not eating breakfast at the rooftop restaurant Kaefer or strolling through Gärten der Welt she’s working towards the publication of her new book. Read more about the Berlin savvy author and what has inspired her to bring a little love to the city:
What inspired you to become an author?
Since I was a teenager in the nineties, I’ve had interesting ideas about how the world works that gave me a lot of joy and inner peace. I wanted to share these ideas, though becoming an author was so unusual in my environment that I didn’t even dare dream about it. Instead I studied law.
In 2005 I published my first book on the side, without intending to write as a career. However, I grew more and more frustrated with legal jobs. In 2012, I decided to turn my passion into a career and become a professional author.
What is the biggest roadblock you’ve faced professionally? How did you overcome it?
When I decided to be an author, I worried that I might not have enough ideas to write books for the rest of my life. To my surprise I found out that the more I write, the more there is I want to write. Therefore the biggest roadblock is to actually make a living out of it. To overcome it, I give it time and do as much marketing as possible. But even so, I couldn’t take the risk if I weren’t in a position where I can afford it.
I do have a side job, some savings and a very supportive family. It also helps me when I focus on my priorities. Being a writer is very important to me. It allows me to live the life I want to live. I feel lucky that I get to think about different aspects of life, change my behavior accordingly and become a better person.
I found out that the more I write, the more there is I want to write but the biggest roadblock is to actually make a living out of it.
Who inspires you the most?
My biggest inspiration is a man I met a couple of years ago. I asked him if I could write about him and he agreed. We were friends and got together months later. The male character in my novel “Der Orgasmus in Zeiten der Liebe” (Alexander) is based on him, as well as the male character in my upcoming novel “Verantwortung und Vertrauen” (Leander).
What is one thing you love about Berlin and what is something you would change?
I love that Berlin that it’s a tolerant, open-minded city, where people of different nationalities and varied points of view meet. Berlin has many different neighborhoods to discover.
I dislike the run-down buildings and the waste on the streets, though.
Where is your favorite place to visit in Berlin?
The waterfall in Viktoriapark has been my favorite place in Berlin for many years. It’s an artificial waterfall, which just makes it all the more beautiful in a not so exotic place like Berlin. I love to be there in the summer time, when the water is running and people are sitting on the stones. I also love the Futurium, a new building in the middle of Berlin. It’s made of concrete, glass and steel and looks futuristic.
As a result, I’ve chosen that location for the cover photo of my current novel “Der Orgasmus in Zeiten der Liebe”.
What events or projects are you excited about in the next year?
I plan to do an author reading next summer. And I’m excited about publishing my novel “Verantwortung und Vertrauen” at the end of next year.