Interview with Mark Hagenbach

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to tell a story from my experience as a golf professional at one of the most recognized resort golf destinations in the world. Herb Kohler and Pete Dye get all the credit but there were many others that made the success of Blackwolf Run possible. I did a substantial job implementing the golf operation.
Friends of mine have encouraged me to continue writing and over the years I've done different things. I wanted to have something permanent that I could share with others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am able to express myself better and at times more quickly through a keyboard. I like bringing real life experiences to print.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I have any. Maybe that will change.
What are you working on next?
Another golf book about assistant golf professionals back in the 1980s. It was a different time with low wages and no enforcement of wage/hour laws. You worked dawn to dusk, played a lil' golf on some great golf courses, solved insignificant problems for rich people and developed a fraternity with others who were doing the same thing. It was out-of-control fun.
What is your writing process?
I'm pretty methodical so I'll conceive the overall story, break it up into an outline, then start with the chapters. Sometimes I'll write them in order. Other times I'll do what pops into my mind first. I'm a rookie at this so with more books comes more experience. I look forward to improving my style with future efforts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my family and friends. I like driving so on occasion we'll take driving trips through the Midwest. I enjoy teaching/coaching/playing golf in the summers. Winters are a bit more challenging so I'll lock into some college or high school basketball to pass the months.
How do you approach cover design?
Create an interesting focal point that invites a reader into the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Golf related material. I like keeping up with the history of the game. I'm not much of a novel guy. I read some Tom Clancy stuff. The best book I've read would have to be the Fountainhead.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Computer. I'm old school.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Going to the bathroom.
Describe your desk
I don't really have one. I just sold a rolltop desk we had sitting around. I prefer to spread out on the kitchen table, in rooms that don't see much action. I'm a "pile" guy. I sort things into piles, put them in places where my wife isn't likely to move them and hopefully come back and find what i'm working on when I need it. A big desk with plenty of organizational slots would be nice.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Decatur, Illinois after being born in Ohio. I think the Midwest allows one to grow and appreciate various lifestyles whether it's small town, agricultural community, or mid size city living. However the place is one thing. Having great parents and family is the key force that shapes who you are. My father was an engineer so he was extremely picky and precise with several items. I'm that way too and it probably reflects in my first book. I wanted it to be very factual.
Published 2015-06-15.
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Books by This Author

Becoming Blackwolf Run
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,130. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Golf
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An historical account of Herb Kohler, Pete Dye and a young Head Professional's efforts to create an exceptional golf property in the village of Kohler, WI. Their initial steps and efforts established Kohler Golf as one of the finest resort operators in the world. Read about the folks who made it happen behind the scenes and why the initial layout was the best course of the current ones today