Interview with Wolf Black

A personal note to the reviewers.
5 JUNE 2015
Hello Kalle

Thank you very much, Kalle, for your brilliant review. I was notified only five days after the fact (which personally I think should have been accompanied with balloons and champagne) and have spent the remainder of that time trying to figure out the best way to show my sincere appreciation.

And not least to say thank you – you got it! So much so it’s like you crawled inside my head. Brilliant. That makes it all worth it. The whole point was the attention to detail - otherwise why bother? One should break new ground or at least leave a trademark and this is Wolf’s. It makes one feel they are living the moment. The reader is there with the character. And you got that! Thank you. I couldn’t have made up a more significant and wonderful review. And talking of which, yes, I do know a couple of persons but their reviews were not instigated by me. No bribes or cajoling, no, no. The short review from “Tom” is my ex-husband who is a man of few words but he genuinely loves Enigma.

Enigma took me six months to edit which I painstakingly did to the best of my ability and I do have a high standard so I make no apologies there. And like you, Kalle, I too have come across typos in the best of them. Thank you for pointing that out.

The clothes, props and the locations are all real. Even the weather is genuine and the daylight hours. I checked! The journeys I took myself via Google Map I literally drove each and every trip and if I came across a one-way road I detoured as one would in their vehicle. I wanted to make it as real as possible and it is so gratifying to learn you saw that.

Thank you, Kalle, from the bottom of my heart.

Rosemary Bach-Holzer (aka Wolf Black)

As the end approaches… let me re-phrase that absolutely no need to don your funereal-type garbs I was referring to the year 2013. What with 2013 coming to a close I just wanted to say a few words of thanks and appreciation to various persons here on Smashwords for their outstanding reviews.

Wasn’t sure how to go about this but here I am to let you know my sincere thanks and appreciation bound your way in waves. I’ve been acknowledging your kind reviews and showing my appreciation over the past few months on my various blogs and websites and wanted to take advantage of the interview to thank you here on Smashwords.

Again, thank you for your thoughts and taking the time to post a review and I’m delighted you enjoyed the book. It’s brilliant to know you totally connect with the book and I appreciate your support very much. It means a lot. And if it’s not too soon I’d like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year. Wolf aka Rosemary.
What's the story behind your latest book?
You mean the story itself? It's a British crime mystery novel with an American thrown in to keep things interesting.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I need to go to the bathroom.
When did you first start writing?
I think there never was a time when I wasn't writing. Even my personal letters since I was a teenager have had a novel-story-like aspect to them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided a couple of years ago I'd had it with the "traditional" route. Simply, I got fed up working my knuckles to the bone sending my stuff out there to agents and publishers only to be ignored completely or worse rejected! I never fancied the idea of self-publishing but the emergence of eBooks came along and seemed to be the perfect answer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm not sure "success" isn't jumping the gun a bit but on a personal level I'm certainly delighted that Mark Coker's parents refrained from using birth control!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I could be all arty-farty and say the joy of creation but I'm not that romantic. I'd say the greatest joy would be inventing characters and having them do and say exactly what you jolly well like which actually is a lot of fun, and if that fun translates into an entertaining read for someone to enjoy, well, it doesn't get much better, does it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Great question and easy to answer! My fans mean everything and more to me. I am so completely appreciative of a person be it one or a hundred who enjoys my work, basically gets where I'm coming from, and let's me know. Without fans my work would have less meaning. They are incredibly important to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm still working on the marketing side of "Enigma" I think it's more difficult than writing the actual book - which incidentally took me three years or three months to complete depending on which stance you take.
Who are your favorite authors?
I dislike questions like this because I'm not a person who has a penchant for a favourite thing be it a film or a book, however, just to prove I am an amiable sort and not some stick-in-the-mud I shall endeavour to do my best to answer! Anne Fine, David Bret, Martin Caidin, Agatha Christie, Jack Higgins and plenty more. The Reader's Digest Condensed Books is a fantastic way to get to know many excellent writers of all genres.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to write and publish eBooks but personally, at least for the moment, I don't read eBooks. But I know where to come when and if I ever do. And I'd advise anyone to go to Smashwords simply because it's the best.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was five years old, spotty, bored and stuck in bed. So I did what every youngster afflicted with German measles should do and wrote a short romantic comedy complete with illustrations.
What is your writing process?
To get it all down when it's flowing because you never know when your creativity pool can hit a drought. Never mind if you've just stumbled from bed and have breath on you that would challenge a Komodo dragon - if you want to give your best, suck a mint and get on with it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't. Possibly it was a Ladybird book or Enid Blyton. As for impact, I had my definite likes and dislikes at a tender age and even then figured how I would have written the story differently. But I'd get totally involved I was there right in with the action.
How do you approach cover design?
I use an excellent firm called iStockphoto based in Canada.
Describe your desk
Organised chaos. I'm surrounded by dictionaries, a thesaurus, handwritten notes, typed notes, facts, figures that extend all over the wall in front of me including the biographies of my characters, length of time it takes them to go from A to B, dates of importance, names of importance, including a handwritten notebook that lists intricate details of my characters, and a coaster for my coffee cup.
Published 2015-06-05.
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