Hi, I‘m Chantal Schreiber,
and I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, all through my childhood and High School years in Vienna, Austria. There was no Plan B. Except there was, of course, also nothing resembling a plan A. Realizing how little passion I had for my language studies, I dropped out of uni and kept myself afloat with different jobs, such as flight attendant, model and waitress.
When my daughter was two, I was lucky enough to make it into a TV production team and and thus began my writing career thinking up scripts for children’s TV shows – not only the perfect work-at-home-job for the mom of a young child, but – looking back – also the best training a future author of novels could wish for!
Mind you, there is still no plan, but there is a laptop (the 4th by now if I’m not mistaken) and an unlimited supply of ideas!
I work in my study , sitting at my Dad’s old kitchen table that’s doubling for a desk, looking out on the Vienna woods, or down in the garden. Consequently I spend my life wearing sweatpants or shorts, depending on the season. Every once in a while, I treat myself to a writing session at one of my favorite cafés in the city – I then rise to the occasion and search my closet for what is hidden behind the stack of sweatpants.
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