1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I was born 19th May 1944, east side of Germany, in Potsdam, Berlin.
My family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. We moved around in Germany, following work my dad found, changing schools at least 7 times (I really lost track and lost all my friends with it, until I was so scared to make friends and actually never learnt proper conversation) until finally settling in Munich where I studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967.
Starting a new life in May 1975, my husband and emigrated to New Zealand. Here I started a handicraft business and in 1988, we became adoptive parents of 3 ½ year old twin girls from Fiji the year after.
Eighteen years later we moved to Australia. One year later I was diagnosed with cancer and so I started to write, first short stories then the Talon series.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
When I grew up, I realized that I couldn’t go on in life what I was doing. I didn’t want to see people or even talk to them. But my husband took me out of that state and treated me as a real person. I am not a turtle that I thought I was, and like everyone else, have a right to live. So, since I couldn’t go working any longer, I started to write. First short stories, then I developed the Talon novels.
3.What conditions do you need in order to write?
I just need a quiet place and a window to look out all now and then and see some trees and bird singing. No music beside me, it would distract me too much. And the ideas just flow out of my hands, my finger as they fly over the keyboard.
4. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
The first novel: TALON, COME FLY WITH ME
Nine-year-old blond Matica lives in a remote little village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved here with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents when she was five years old. Ever since she could remember she faced cruel rejection because of her growth handicap. She is trapped in a body the size of a two-year old. Because of that the local Indians wouldn’t accept her into their community or allow her to play with their children.
Under the watchful eyes of her parents who understand her, lonely Matica explores the plateau for entertainment.
Noticing a pair of condors soaring near the mountains she wanted to know them, and so with patience and a sense of adventure she befriended them and named them Tamo and Tima. A strong bond and love developed between them over the next two years until they have an egg again and the poachers wanted to steal it from them.
But fighting them off, they manage to get the egg back and gave it Matica to incubate it. Soon Talon hatches and she raised him with the help of Tamo and Tima to the majestic condor he was meant to be.
Slowly the local Indians fully accept her into their community.
And then, what Matica had dreamed of ever since she first befriended the condors, actually unfolds. And that is the beginning of a time of incredible adventures with Talon.
The second: TALON, ON THE WING
Book two continues with scores of incredible adventures and near disasters with Talon, Tamo and Tima. Matica is now happy that she is small and doesn’t want to be any other way. She is accepted, she is loved and she can have adventures with her beloved Talon. What more could she have? All her rejection and hardship is over.
The third: TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE
Matica is walking with her father to the city of Cajamarca to purchase some food, medication and the tickets for their six month holiday in Australia.
On the way she misses her condors terribly, but still has an adventurous time with her father as they walk through rain forests and other parts of the beautiful country of Peru, seeing macaws, toucans, monkeys and even a puma.
In Cajamarca they heard that the poachers are back, asking for condors. Matica becomes distressed, and wants to go home quickly, to tell her condors.
On the way home they visit an old Inca dwelling. And there, her father falls ill with high fever after he is bitten by a spider.
Not knowing what to do, Matica calls for her condors. But the wait until they arrive is the hardest time she has ever had to endure.
The fourth: TALON, CONNECTED
Recovering from the bite of the poison spider and his hear-death experience, life goes on with her eleventh birthday and the things she is about to encounter proves she is very brave.
Events take a sudden turn when she is invited to see Elcano, the very old and frail father of the village elder Pajaro. Not once, but three times he summons her. She is afraid of him but he fascinates her. He calls her ‘his daughter’. Why? The amazing things he is about to tell her will be life-changing, things she had never thought about.
Will Matica be able to cope with these life-changing disclosures?
In the midst of all this, the poachers are back, looking for eggs and birds…
This book is far more than a kids’ story. It is a story about growing up, friendship, and the challenge of moral choices and respect.
The fifth book: TALON, ENCOUNTER
The poachers are back – and they are looking for Talon. They are doing everything in their power to capture him, and if they can’t get him alive, will kill him. It’s the poachers against the condors, Matica and the Indians – with the poachers even taking hostages to win the war.
With the help of Tamo and Tima, Talon and Matica is doing the impossible, knowing they have to capture and stop the poachers or they will be back.
In the midst of all, Tamo was shot, Matica goes above and beyond to help her beloved condors.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Children suffer from all sorts of affliction and through my books they can learn how to cope with everything, as Matica did, the main character in my books. She had to learn it in her early life. Children can and should find a “Condor” as Matica did. Not literally a condor, but every child or adult for that matter, they are battling with none curable afflictions, should find something that let them forget what is happening to them. Finding a “Condor” would help them to overcome that.
I know that there are lots of people and children out there, who are not accepted by their peers. Children are getting bullied in school, driven to suicide. We know that first-hand as well. We have adopted Indian twin-girls from Fiji. Mostly they were accepted, particularly in our church. But when I went shopping with the girls, some people looked at us, with the look on their faces that would say: How can she do something like that?
I say: Children with special needs or with disability, or are handicapped don’t have an illness, so there is no cure and it’s not contagious. They want what we all want, to be accepted.
But I think that my books are not only for children. As I said, adults face some illnesses as well, so my book is for adults as well as for children.
6. What projects are you currently working on?
I have four books published in the Talon series now. The fifth book is on the way. It is called. TALON, ENCOUNTER. Just got the cover for it. And I’m working on the sixth book.
7. Is there anything else you would like to share with us.
Some Excerpts I like to write here:
“Lack of knowledge can do so much damage, cause so much pain.”
“Be you, yourself, be happy again. Don’t let life pass by you. Don’t look back, look into the bright future. The future is as bright as the promise of God. Smile – it’s the most beautiful attire.”
“I can do it. These four words are the most power-filled words.”“Self-pity is a useless emotion.”
“Self-pity can ruin one’s life.”
“Love and acceptance for each other, without boundaries.”
I like to share my links with you and where you can purchase my books.
My website: http://www.gigisedlmayer.wordpress.com