Thursday, May 19, 2022

Author Interview with Anja Goder


Anja Goder
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Peacemaker - Pope Francis on his mission to Thailand, Japan and Bari Vol. 1

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in Germany. There is a long tradition to take annual portraits of children in kindergarten, elementary school, and high school. This was the starting point of my photography. It was my utmost joy to memorize these important years for the students and their families.

After my studies in Germany, I moved to Italy and continued to take pictures of children and students and pictured the first stories that can be seen on my website. I always focus on the positive, it is my innermost belief that is the way to move forward and find joy, hope, and happiness, despite the massive hardships we most probably all experienced at one point or another.

What inspired you to author this book?

In its first pages, the book also features the ‘Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together’ signed by Pope Francis and the Grand-Imam Ahmed Al-Tayyeb on the 4th of February 2019 in Abu Dhabi. It is a unique declaration and milestone in Catholic and religious history, banning all kinds of extremism and terrorism and promoting mutual respect, understanding and interreligious dialogue. The book has a soft-touch cover and a luxury finish and is the perfect gift for Catholics all around the world.

It features over 104 pages of exclusive pictures taken during three trips in Thailand, Japan and Bari, accompanied by a detailed commentary on the global impact of these trips and their relevance toward world peace.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The cover is a portrait of Pope Francis that I took in Bari 2020. It shows his depth which is reflected in many steps and in the course of his papacy.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Indeed, my photography. Each picture is a kind of storytelling, and the work is very diverse. You never know what is around the next corner and need to stay as open-minded as possible to create unique and unexpected pictures. Photography is a never-ending adventure with endless possibilities.

What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The biggest challenge was to open the Vatican and to get their permission to travel with Pope Francis and photograph him and all significant events during his trips.


Tell your readers about your book.

The book is the perfect gift for Catholics. It eternalizes Pope Francis and his struggles and engagements to move the church and the world forward toward a deeper mutual understanding, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence between all people and religions on this planet.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Catholics and all people interested in Humanities/History/Sociology/Religion/Ethics.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I do not have this one big event or one big thing I consider the greatest success. All steps I did have their significance and importance and brought me to realize the "big things". It is all interconnected.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I like to leave this to the people who look at my pictures. Generally, I try to catch the depth of the moment and the person full of emotion and uniqueness.