My whirlwind move to Germany

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Opportunity, Travel

Overhead KallmunzAbout four years ago, we moved to the Puget Sound area from southern Germany. Lately, I’ve been wondering if a move back to Germany might be on the horizon, but when it firmed into reality it hit with startling swiftness and coincided with a lot of other major events in my life. Not to mention the whole Covid thing.

This is what my mentor, Dean Wesley Smith, calls a life roll and when you’re smacked by one, you just have to do your best to stay afloat.

What that means for my readers is a delay in my release schedule and I may miss sending out an email or two. I usually like to stay in touch at least once a week, but you may hear from me less.

I’m still thinking of you, though!

My crazy European adventure

German Christmas MarketThe world-wide pandemic will make this an interesting and challenging trip. My husband and I will catch a flight to Baltimore at the crack of dawn and wait several hours for another flight to southwestern Germany. Then we’ll have to ride a bus across the Black Forest area and into Bavaria, where we’ll be quarantined for two weeks.

I don’t know how the logistics of that will work out, in terms of meals and doing laundry, etc. But we’ll both be badly in need of a break, so we’re kind of looking forward to it. We should get out of quarantine just in time for the Christmas markets!

We’ll be living out of a suitcase for months, so I won’t have all my research materials or equipment, but I’ll still be writing. I’m prepping for several new books in the Riley Forte series that began with Nocturne In Ashes and I’m really excited about the story line. I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

Wish me luck!


I have to keep this short—got a lot of packing to do. We were also in the middle of many home improvement projects—painting the house, putting up a stone wall, installing a new front door—which now must be finished before we go. That requires good weather, and we live in the Seattle area, so we really need to catch a few good breaks.

New opportunities, new experiences, new fodder for my story ideas. I’ll keep you posted!

How about you? Any crazy moving experiences you’d like to share? Any advice for stressed out travelers? Tell us about it in the comments.

16 Responses to “My whirlwind move to Germany”

  1. Stacie Pogoncheff says:

    I am super excited for you and your move, I recall how fondly you all spoke of your time there. Travel safe!

  2. Tricia Turner says:

    Good luck, safe trip, happy endings. Looking forward to your new books!

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thank you, Tricia! I appreciate your kind thoughts and support for my books. I have lots more planned and hope to get to them soon!

  3. Wow! Neighbor-no-more, I guess. At least you are moving to another one of my favorite spots in all the world (though truth be told, I prefer Salzburg, just across the border).

    Good luck on the move, and watch out for Krampus once you are released from quarantine!


    • JoslynChase says:

      Yes, Ichabod, it’s too bad we weren’t able to get together at some point. But come on over to Germany for a visit and we can make that short drive to Salzburg. I’ll definitely be on my guard for Krampus. Yikes! Thanks so much for your continued help and support.

  4. Nancy Alexander says:

    I’ve been in a lot of places while in the Air Force, Germany I wished for but never got. My father was from Austria-Hungry & grandma fro Prussia. I wish you all the luck & keep your head down & away from Covid & keep safe.
    Hugs 🤗

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hi Nancy, thank you so much for your comments! I will certainly try to stay Covid-free and enjoy my time in Germany. I much appreciate your kind words.

  5. Taffy says:

    I’m so happy that it all turned out. The trip sounds pretty exciting. Keep us informed that you are safely there!

  6. LANA E REDD says:

    Joslyn, you sound like a true adventurer. Very interested in your move. Stop over in Bavaria… I had ancestors of about two hundred years ago who were from Bavaria. In fact I have a hand painted pitcher of Bavarian glass, that was passed down to me.
    I have been writing short stories for a while yet not published anything. One is about Bavaria and one of the ancestors who came to the U.S. many years ago.
    Would love to hear more about the area and your new adventure…. in a spare few minutes.
    Best of luck to you and your husband. Lana

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thank you so much, Lana. Yes, we’ll be settling in beautiful Bavaria and I’ll keep you posted and send photos! Thanks so much for reading and responding, so happy to have you with me on this adventure.

  7. Collis says:

    You both must have wanted to make that move very much. Yet, in spite of all the obstacles, you did it! Congratulations and the very best to you both!

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thank you, Collis! It certainly has been a challenge, but we’re trooping along. I hope this will turn out to be a great experience!

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