Interview with Norm Wolfer

What do the opinions of your fans mean to you?
I think it is pretty clear there are only two types of authors people like to read. One is the interest arousing, swashbuckling writer who can pull the reader into the story. His or her writing can cause the heart to race and make the reader crave more, making the reader cling to every word. The second is the writer who is controversial. Every word he or she writes can set the reader on edge, either making the reader want more just so they know how much more or less they will hate him or her after reading the book. For me, I fall comfortably into the first category. I want the reader to not only like my writing, but to embrace the topics, whether fiction or non-fiction, with a true sense of wanting more.
What are your plans for future books?
The first book I wrote, as an e-book, was on marital relationships from a Christian perspective. I have distributed that book as a PDF to Church and family for the past few years. I plan on revamping it and publishing it through Smashwords in the near future. I also have a fantasy novel in the works that pits the age old forces of evil against the true source of good. Finally, I am working on a young adult work of fiction that employs science fiction and concepts of space and time travel.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in the fourth grade. My father was an avid science fiction reader and I read a few of his books. It inspired me to write about a boy living on Mars. What little I remember of it was very fantasy full and not very accurately detailed, but it was fun.
What is your writing process?
For non-fiction, I usually write the table of contents, first. I then use that as an outline to go back and fill in the information I intend to convey. For fiction, I write a general outline, including some of the main characters and their personalities and backgrounds. Often, as the story unfolds, I end up modifying or elaborating on the outline. New characters are frequently added by the situations in the story. I also find the characters writing their scenes as the scene develops.
How do you approach cover design?
I have always had an artistic flair. I have also had a detailed and long term marketing involvement. I find myself picturing the cover as an important scene in the story or the content of the book. It might take three or four drafts, but I feel pretty confident about the result, without having to beat myself up to try to be more creative.
Why did you write your first published book "When the Dollar is no More"?
My wife and I have lived a good life and planned for a comfortable retirement. Like so many people who suffered great loss as a result of the mortgage melt-down in the mid to late 2000s, we lost a large part of our nest egg and found ourselves scrambling to stay afloat. Our investments were primarily in real estate. Initially they were good investments and provided a good income. The mortgage crisis caused virtually all of our investments to either become total losses or subject to foreclosure. Now we have changed our focus. We see real estate as a viable path to success, but certainly not the only one. We have chosen to implement many of the strategies discussed in my book. With diligent negotiation and perseverance, we managed to land on our feet. We are out of debt and looking to keep sound footing in the next and inevitable crisis. I wanted to share what we had learned and what the options were for others who, like ourselves, did not have a lot of wealth, but wants to secure what they have and make it the foundation for surviving the collapse of the dollar and America's financial ruin.
What are the greatest joys of writing for you?
Writing is a therapeutic activity for me. I enjoy being able to formulate my thoughts in a cogent and intellectual way. God has gifted me with a good imagination and, although I am not the brightest light in the chandelier, I manage, with editing and rewrites, to convey my ideas. I get joy out of the thought I might be able to help someone else, whether it is to better their life or to entertain them with my fantasy filled adventures, to enjoy their lives more.
What are you working on next?
I have a few finished and unfinished manuscripts that I am planning on publishing, now that I have found the means through Smashwords.com. One of them is a self-help book conveying my thoughts on a successful and fulfilling marriage (which the good Lord has granted me). I also have a couple novels I am working on along with some short fiction stories. I am looking forward to getting them published.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing for some time, now. Becoming an indie author was an obvious choice after finding it could take upwards of two years to get published, even if my manuscript were to get accepted by a publisher. It is, I believe, time for readers to make their own choices about which books and authors they want to read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to spend my time making memories with my wife, adult daughters, and grandchildren. Aside from whatever way I can influence others to have a meaningful walk with Christ, the legacy I leave in my family is the most important goal I believe I can have.
Published 2015-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Miracle On the River
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Life has a way of presenting us with opportunities to prove ourselves and bring out the best. In this family saga, Ronson is put to the ultimate test and finds out just how important family can be. A short story with a long lasting impression.
When The Dollar Is No More: Financial Survival For All, Not Just The Wealthy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,660. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Economic policy, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This book prepares you for the collapse of the dollar by learning the history of money, the deceit of bankers and government, and the means for protecting your wealth, regardless of how small or large. This is not rocket science, just application of sound practices.