Author Interview: Vivianne Knebel

Bookshelf Cafe Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born 1943 in Berlin, Germany at the height of Nazi power. From early on I had many strikes against me. All the adversities have made their mark on me. I have found a way to build a new life, dealing with immigration and walking that long path to self-discovery and self -fulfillment.

Tell us about your book turned documentary.

My first book”From Rubble To Champagne” is a story of a child growing up in the aftermath of WW II ravaged Berlin. It is partly political and offers the reader a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people dealing with all this conflict and just trying to survive.

Have you always wanted to become a writer?

Although I always admired writers, I was unsure of my ability to write.

Due to hardship I joined the workforce at age 14 and therefore lacked further education. I made up for it by becoming an avid reader. I felt I had a story within me that needed to be told.

What has helped or hindered you most when writing a book?

My husband has always encouraged me to learn and grow. He helped me to let go of my self limiting beliefs and was always the wind beneath my wings.

My book “From Rubble To Champagne” was written as a token of appreciation for all that he has done for me. He taught me not just to live , but to thrive.

Your books are very inspirational, are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

I was most inspired by the author Wayne Dyer. I consider him my mentor and I apply his wisdom and philosophies into my life.

What advice would you give a writer working on their first book?

Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Be open and honest. Vulnerability is courage!

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

Do not cheat the reader!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My first book was based on my own experiences. My second book was based on my studies of the wisdom of great thinkers and philosophers.

Can you tell us a little bit about your podcast?

My podcast is intended to open our minds in a way that brings us together . It offers interesting guests discussing human emotions in order to have a better understanding to deal with life.

Do you have any upcoming projects you are working on?

At the moment my documentary film is entered in the international film festivals . My mission is to help those that feel suppressed and defeated.

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