Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the four hundred and second, is of children’s author Gigi Sedlmayer. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born in May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.
Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany, following where her dad got work. That meant she had to change schools nine times. In the end, she never had friends again, for fear she will lose them again.
Finally they settled in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.
Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.
In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handcraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots in several sizes of which she sold thousands in a few years.
In 1988, she and Albert decided to adopt and became parents two twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.
Two years later, Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, ‘Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life’.
She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English improved so she pressed on to develop her creative writing.
Albert taught her how to use a computer and Gigi wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often received very good reports, which gave her the confidence to go on writing.
One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and characters to life.
She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossicking), and enjoys good adventure DVDs or going to the movies.
And now from the author herself: