Believing that there should always be humor in the world whether it is from a newspaper column, novel or even an editorial cartoon, local author Wolfgang Niesielski has completed two new books. The first book is a collection of his newspaper columns and the second a fantasy novel featuring a madcap, wacky world.
"I always enjoyed making people laugh; therefore, writing humor comes easy to me," Niesielski said.
Born and raised in East Germany, Niesielski moved to the United States at age 22. For the most part, he has been making a living as a caricature artist, cartoonist and illustrator. Always loving writing but not sure whether he would be able to accomplish the feat here because English wasn't his first language, he decided to give it a try.
"I always assumed that the subtle nuances and peculiarities of my adopted tongue would always escape me, until I sat down more than a dozen years ago and started writing," he said.
Niesielski explained that his first experience in writing was an exercise describing his experience as a boxer during tough sparring sessions.
"Putting down a few pages, I actually liked what I wrote and decided to keep going, turning it into a crime thriller, which remains unpublished as of yet," he said.
His next try was a book he published in 2000 called "Touched by Choi," a dark, science-fiction horror story. At the same time, he also published a book that featured a collection of his cartoons
Over the next few years, Niesielski tried his hand at a variety of genres and writing several books that have yet to be published.
In 2003, Niesielski moved to Antioch, introduced his writings to the editor of the local edition of the Contra Costa Times and wrote humor columns for the Sunday paper for six years. This brought him to his first new book, which he titled "The Alien in my E-Mail and Other Stories."
"I try to focus on the ironies of daily life, like the conundrum a yellowing front lawn would provide for the average homeowner, or how treacherous an innocent-looking tree in the yard could be," he explained.
He explains his second new book, "Bruno Fenster Saves the World -- And Still Has Time for Breakfast," as a madcap humor-fantasy novel, which takes the reader on a wild trip to strange lands, populated with zany, peculiar characters.
"It is my belief that the world sorely needs more humor novels, as you rarely find one these days, especially the kind that is unusual, as for example 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams or any of Tom Sharpe's novels," Niesielski said.
He believes those who like the irreverent humor of television personalities such as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would really pick up on the humor he is going for within the pages of his new book. Niesielski is about 80 pages into the sequel to the Bruno Fenster story.
Both books are available through amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Those interested in the hardcover or soft cover of the books can try their local Barnes and Noble; Niesielski said they can be ordered through the store if not available.
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