Hubert Neumann

Hubert Neumann. Photo: privat


Hubert Neumann
Author, Mainz

Hubert Neumann is a historian, contemporary author and columnist. In 2001, he was awarded the Martha Saalfeld Award for Literature by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate for his historical trilogy "Wolkenschieber" ("The Cloud Pushers"). With "Lusthängen" ("Hanging Desire"), he leaves the historic environment and goes into the present, where he traces the depths to which the consequences of hanging go. Since 2009, he has worked as lecturer in academic writing and columnist for the local newspaper as well as the Mainzer Vierteljahreshefte für Kultur, Politik, Wirtschaft und Geschichte.



What motivates you to write? What inspires you?

Even if it sounds overly romantic: writing is an urge, a form of possession. The reasons are buried deep in the writer. If he ever actually expressed why he writes and what drives him to write, he would certainly stop.


How and when do you write? What does your work process look like?

Constant and steady – that's what distinguishes the writing process from other work processes that don't involve writing. There are no breaks, even in dreams, that can be the subject of the writing process.


What are you currently writing?

"Brot der Träume" ("Bread of Dreams"), a novel set in the sixteenth century.


Do you have a favoured publisher?

Actually, no. It only needs to be one which reaches many people.


Would you publish your own books?



When will your book be published as an e-book?

"Lusthängen" will be published in November 2013.


Do you have a favorite bookstore?

The bookstore on the corner, of course.


Name your favorite book or author.

I don't have just one favorite book or author. But if I had to take a single book with me to a desert island, then it would be "Atonement" by Ian McEwan.


What was the first book that you read as a child?

First book: "Detektiv Söckchen rettet den schwarzen Hengst" ("Detective Socks Saves the Black Stallion") by Inge Rösener. Currently I'm reading: "Suttree" by Cormac McCarthy.


You can learn more about Hubert Neumann on his website.