I love books, both professionally and privately, and own far more than my shelves can hold. (Which doesn't keep me from buying more ...) In my twenty-eight years as a freelance translator working from English to German I have translated non-ficitional as well as fictional texts such as romances, historical novels and detective novels, but I also love reading them, anything from classic literature to cozy mysteries.
As a translator I am very thorough (think dog with a bone), researching technical terms on pottery, dementia care or psychotherapy or hunting down that word for a particular style of straw bonnet worn by English country girls in the 18th century.
What I like most about translating, however, is finding the right tone of voice, making jokes in English sound funny in German and conveying the tension or light-heartedness, joy or sadness the author intends his or her readers to feel.
For me, the most important point in translating is making a story come to life in another language. This goes far beyond making the words of the original understandable; it also means re-creating the atmosphere of a setting, the distinctive traits of the characters and the way they interact. Re-reading my translation again and again not only silently but also aloud helps me get the rhythm and flow of the text right. The best thing that can happen to a translation is when readers don't notice that what they are reading is a translation!
- MA in American, Anglo-Irish and English Literature
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Grade A
Having worked for a number of traditional publishing houses in Germany I have acquired experience in many non-fiction areas ranging from ceramics to educational topics, psychotherapy and dementia care. My work experience in fiction includes Helen Bryan’s bestselling novel „War Brides“ for AmazonCrossing and contemporary romance for independently published author Melissa Foster.
Publishers I have worked for:
Amazon Crossing (historical novels, chick lit, crime fiction)
Hanusch Verlag, Koblenz (pottery, ceramics)
Ernst Reinhardt Verlag, München (psychotherapy, dementia care)
Verlag an der Ruhr, Mülheim (educational material)
Bildungsverlag EINS, Troisdorf (literacy)
World Literary Press (contemporary romance)
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