Interview with Calvin Wolf

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Midland, Texas. It's a small city, but pretty fast-paced given its oil industry. Also, there's a bit of political history with it being the proclaimed hometown of George W. Bush. It's a small city with big dreams and a long reach. Its influence and energy are greater than you would expect. I think I identified with that, which is why Midland was the setting of my first novels.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a kid. When I was in elementary school I wrote my first "novel" in a spiral notebook. When I was in junior high I wrote a crude novel on a Fastdata 386 computer using WordPerfect 5.1, which makes me nostalgic when I think back to it. It was a military/political thriller about terrorists who stole the controls to orbiting nuclear weapons in space. I think it used all the cliches.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Despite oil prices currently declining, Midland has been a boomtown for the past several years. I wanted to explore the power and influence of Midland, and the dark ambition that can come from an economic boom, in a political thriller that continued the stories begun in The College and The University. The Human Capital Market from The University is now fully operational and has added to the oil boom benefiting Midland. But, of course, with any promise of great riches come many ne'er-do-wells. I wanted powerful antagonists from The College and The University to return and intermingle with new, equally devious antagonists. As their machinations unfold, how do the protagonists react?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to be a writer, going back to that first book written in a spiral. I think it was seventy pages long, written in pencil. It's just always something I wanted to be. Words, dialogue, and storytelling are my crafts.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I first tried to publish The College on Amazon, and found that to be a mistake. I like Smashwords because it offered a user-friendly platform for my work and helped me edit and reformat my novel to be more compatible with e-readers. I've become a big fan.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When somebody reads something I've written and it makes them think and imagine.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Hopefully my writing can influence them in a positive manner, especially to explore their own imaginations and stimulate their own creativity. I hope to always be giving them writing worthy of their time.
What are you working on next?
I have completed the manuscript for a sequel to The City, titled The State, and am currently working on a standalone prequel to the series called Daylight Stealings Time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton. Honestly, I'll read just about anybody if the time is right. I read everything from girly chick-lit, courtesy of my wife, to wordy presidential biographies.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Gotta get paid! That, and taking care of my amazing wife and young son.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach Economics at a high school during the day. After that, my wife and I usually try to hit the gym. Then, it's dinner and helping our son with homework. After that, if there aren't many chores to do, we might have a few hours before bedtime. We'll watch too much Netflix instant streaming and surf the Internet. As a freelance writer, I'm a big news junkie.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about six I wrote a story about a dog. It was in a little book made from a folded-up sheet of paper, and maybe a piece of yarn as the spine. I think it was written and drawn in orange marker.
What is your writing process?
I write by the seat of my pants. Very little outline. I routinely change direction in my head. It's always evolving.
Describe your desk
I have a nice corner desk, but right now my main laptop has died so I'll be a writing nomad for a bit.
Published 2015-01-18.
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Books by This Author

The Six
Price: Free! Words: 80,730. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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Weeks after a political coup swept aside a corrupt president, America is thrown into chaos when a satellite is de-orbited over Texas. The substance inside offers untold wonder and horror...and unbelievable power to those who control it. Lives are threatened, loyalties shattered, and families broken as nefarious forces stop at nothing to capture every gram of what was on the Silver Six satellite.
The Socialist
Price: Free! Words: 42,570. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Essay » Political
(5.00)
In the near future, America's public schools have been privatized and are now run by large corporations. The return of laissez-faire capitalism has created a world of cutthroat competition and cost-cutting, allowing for tremendous profits. But when the head principal of a corporate-run high school finds himself betrayed by the very titans of industry he once served, he decides to fight back.
Daylight Stealing Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,390. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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In the boom and bust oil market, the city of Midland, Texas is stuck in a bust. But, after a Halloween ball for the ages, Midlanders awaken to discover that oil prices are skyrocketing. From Venezuela to Dubai, thousands of oil rigs have been destroyed, with no evidence of the culprit. As global attention focuses on Midland, a witch hunt begins...and some take the term "hunt" quite literally.
The State
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,260. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
After two resignations, the nation must hold a special election to determine the president. The incumbent, trying to hold power by any means, has no qualms making deals with the devil. His old boss wants his job back and will go to extremes to get it. As a lethal chess match unfolds, ghosts of enemies past will seize the opportunity to expand on old haunts...and change the American state forever.
The City
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,420. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the future, the hottest investment is purchasing shares of college students' future income on the Human Capital Market. With billions to be made, power-hungry investors of all stripes plan to corner this new market...at any cost. As crises threaten to reveal the city's dark secrets, enemies both new and old have plans to make their catastrophic mark on the nation's latest financial paradise...
The College
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,880. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00)
Midland, Texas looks to transform itself into a metropolis, capitalizing on its political history and underground riches. Some are willing to do anything to come out on top when local leaders look to turn the city's community college into a public university...but a mysterious newcomer has plans far more nefarious. A political chess match heats up alongside the desert summer as the bodies pile up.