BORN 1962, TRAINED BUSINESSMAN, SELF-EMPLOYED ENTREPRENEUR. GREW UP IN DREIS-TIEFENBACH, NOT FAR FROM SIEGEN.
Before becoming self-employed as the owner of an advertising agency, I lived in the County of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland from the late seventies to the mid-eighties. There I experienced first-hand the bloody conflict between the IRA and the British Army.
Back in Germany, the Rhine-Main area became the centre of my life and work. After a short orientation phase, I founded and still run my own advertising agency.
To escape the stress of work and everyday life, I was and still am drawn to trekking in the Mangfall mountains near Rosenheim/Chiemsee. After a strenuous day in the mountains, I can then indulge in my other hobby in the evening hours: a good book with a glass of wine.
Books – another great passion, their sheer number is always marvelled at by friends, customers and guests. There may well be around three thousand in my office.
I have a grown-up son and have been living with my wife in the medieval old town of Bad Orb since 2017.
I can say without exaggeration that I have spent, and still do, much of my time between – but also in – the castles and palaces of the Siegerland and the neighbouring Sauerland.
Today, with over forty years of unbroken fascination for the Middle Ages, I would like to bring the time of knighthood to life with stories that are as dramatic as they are exciting.
To this end, I have also dug deep into an inglorious episode of the Roman Catholic Church: the Albigensian or Cathar Crusade. And not in the quite common romantic-lyrical style, but rather realistic and hard-hitting.
Quote from “Two Brothers”:
The world is big and mysterious and reading is the best way to understand it.
A. J. J.