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Starbucks

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author

Dear Erica,

you have a very German name; you must have German ancestors. Have you ever been to Germany? Do you understand some German?

I just saw on your website that you graduated from UW! What a fascinating place to be! Going to school there was my first getting in touch with the U.S., and it has changed my life completely. I still remember standing at the fountain, looking at Mount Rainier, and I just couldn't believe that I was allowed to be there!

I find you 'About' part on your website so very honest and emotional. I just loved it!

Sinik

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?

EricaBauermeister

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author
@Starbucks

Hello! My apologies for the late response. I have been hiking off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia with no internet reception (but plenty of rain and bears!). Yes, I do have a German name. Bauermeister is my husband's family, but mine was Rechtin, so I have it from both sides. I don't speak German, although we did some traveling in Germany when we lived in Italy from 1997-1999.
So fun that we share the U.W. I came there from California and I remember feeling the same thing, looking at Mt. Rainier. Now I live in the small town of Port Townsend, on the Olympic Peninsula, but I still look out to Rainier ever day....

EricaBauermeister

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author
@Sinik

Great question... I had just sold my first book, The School of Essential Ingredients (called Das Liebesmenu in Germany). My publisher wanted a second book, so that was motivation! It may also have something to do with why my second book was about fear, and courage, and doing something you've always wanted to do. I loved the idea of looking at fear from many angles, and seeing how different people would respond to it...

Sinik

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author
@EricaBauermeister

Thank you very much for your answer.
In my opinion all human beings have at least two fears. First: to loose something they want to keep (i.e. life). Second: to get something they dont want to have ( i.e. illness).
Is there something you personally want to do in the future where you need courage to do it, because you are a little bit afraid of it?

EricaBauermeister

vor 4 Jahren

Fragen an die Autorin / Questions to the author
@Sinik

It's almost ironic that I wrote about courage and fear because I have always been a very fearful person. That said, that backpacking trip I just took confronted many of my outside fears -- doing something beyond my physical capabilities (but I did it), bears (saw 4, but they didn't attack), seeing my children get hurt (they didn't), being really, really uncomfortable (I was -- it poured rain, the trails turned to mud, the bear spray went off in our tent -- but we survived it).
Would I do that every week? Probably not. But in the end, it's good to know you can...

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