Who are you? What do you do/study?
My name is Julian, I’m in my twenties for another semester and I am born and raised in good ol’ Hamburg. I studied Chinese and Economics before an eventual change of heart that lead me to American and British Literature at the University of Hamburg. I may have lost my soul to capitalism already but who knows, with a little help I might still be able to redeem myself. I’d love to pay rent with my writing, or attempt to afflict others with my love for books and storytelling in general, be it as an author, professor, critic, or everything in between. I’ve still got a bit of work ahead of me though… so for now, I’m just enjoying the hell out of studying what I’m actually interested in.
What or who inspired you to write?
I am a nerd in every sense of the word, in particular when it comes to any form of media. Which one might notice in my writing (It’s fine if you don’t as long as you read it anyways.)
The Shinto shrine of my personal deities houses Heinrich Heine, Lewis Carroll, everything Monty Python, Aaron Sorkin (the only person not named Gilmore, able to produce dialogue at my preferred pace), Alfred Hitchcock, Herman Melville, Sean “Day9” Plott, John Green, Sir Peter Ustinov, Stephen Fry, Emily Dickinson (a recent addition), Steven Spielberg (the gift that keeps on giving, only not so much in recent years) and many many more.
How would you describe your style?
I am still experimenting with different styles, but really enjoy the ‘Ready Player One’ way of throwing everything into my writing just because I like it. By that logic, you could say I’m trying to imitate Heine’s poetic sensibility, Carroll’s wit, Python’s humour, Sorkin’s speed of mind and word, Hitchcock’s structure, Melville’s spirit, Plott’s & John Green’s empathy, Ustinov’s ideals, Fry’s thirst for thought (say that three times in front of a mirror), Dickinson’s metaphoric might, and Spielberg’s youth of heart. Pretty hard to follow in so many footsteps…
A random fact: The gecko that occasionally visited my apartment in Shanghai was called Heidegger and loved Duck flavoured Ramen.