Ben Wolfe


Ben is one of six children and the father of the best daughter a father could ask for. He attended a federal service academy and served as an engineering cadet aboard ships in the first Persian Gulf War, obtained an undergrad degree in History in 1996, studied Creative Writing at FIU under the American novelist John Dufresne, and obtained an MBA in Global Management in 2003. He has been (so far) to twenty-five countries on four continents and traveled through thirty-five of the U.S. states. He has lived in eight of them, plus the greater DC area.

Smashwords Interview

Where do you live? Does the place and its characteristics appear in your writing in any way?
I currently reside in Asheville, North Carolina, though I am moving to the UK in early January next year (2021) to pursue dual citizenship. However, I grew up in South Florida where I was born and lived in: several cities in Florida; just outside of New York City on Long Island; Charlottesville, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia, just outside of DC; Bismarck, North Dakota; Billings, Montana; Chicago, Illinois; and Houston, Texas. I have also traveled to 25 countries on 4 continents and spent a summer in Slovenia with my paternal grandparents when I was 17, just after graduating high school. I've traveled through 35 U.S. states by car. While I don't recall Asheville or any of these places directly influencing or appearing in my writing, I do think it made it easier to write the escape scene in "ESCAPE OF THE CONCUBINES" when I was describing the actions taken by the characters and writing about them fleeing through the northern pass in the mountains that separate the western kingdoms from the eastern lands. I grew up in southeast Florida, where it is flat and at sea level.
Which is your personal favorite fantasy classic?
Wow. that is difficult. I was first influenced by Tolkien and Eddings, who I still love. I was influenced by the epic fantasy stories of Tad Williams, Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin. However, I have also been influenced while writing these stories by the historical romances of Jude Devereaux and the sci-fi fantasy stories in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and the urban fantasy writings of Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison. My favorite most recent series read was "The Summoner Trilogy" by Taran Matharu.
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