Rolf Margenau

Biography

Bestselling author Rolf Margenau has written four novels and published two photography books.

The novels feature a main character named Wylie Cypher, first seen as a twenty-year-old college dropout who comes of age during the Korean War. At forty, Wylie is a successful but burned out lawyer with a failing marriage. He tries to find lost youth on a trek with his daughter through the high Andes. Instead, he finds mayhem, murder, a devastating civil war in Peru, and loses a toe.

Retired, in his mid-sixties, Wylie does battle with BIG AG as a Master Gardener. He befriends a group of eco-terrorists who help save the Monarch butterfly. Then in a novel called National Parks, an aged Wylie lives in a dystopian future where Congress attempts to sell off our national parks to bail out a bankrupt country.

The novels featuring a younger Wylie are realistic with a dose of humor. The books about older Wylie are solidly satirical. Critics find them very funny, but meaningful and thought provoking.

Rolf Margenau lives amid farmland in northern New Jersey with his first wife of over sixty years. He is now working on a new novel, Longevity. It's about a process that extends human life by 30-35 years. What could possibly be bad about that?

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hamden, Connecticut, a suburb of New Haven. We lived at the top of a hill that backed on to a large forested and undeveloped area, and my friends and I spent many hours exploring the "wild woods," building and destroying "forts" and generally causing adolescent mischief. There was much unsupervised activity and we invented new games. We also felt very much in touch with nature and enjoyed the flora and fauna - most of the time. There was an interaction with a skunk at about age nine that was not unalloyed joy. I believe the freedom to explore and make mistakes fostered a creative spirit and a deep love of nature. There are other aspects to my writing, but those two are always there.
When did you first start writing?
My first published writing was an essay about a couple of birds I observed in the woods - in the fourth grade. It was printed in the school yearbook and a local newspaper. I am pretty sure it was sappy and anthropomorphic, but what can one expect from an eight year old. I started writing seriously as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes in Korea and Japan in the early fifties.
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Series

Books

National Parks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,750. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A satirical look at what happens, in the near future, when Congress plans to bail out a bankrupt America by selling our national parks to the highest bidders-- a "fresh,scathing, hilarious, and brilliant satire of greedy corporate America and our shamefully broken Congress."
The Commode Companion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An interactive photo book with snarky captions that exposes the innermost thoughts of animals, birds, bugs, butterflies, and frogs. The author's photos of wild creatures from various parts of the world are combined with their secret thoughts and desires. Designed to induce laughter and thwart constipation. No commode should be without a copy. This is an adult book.
High Andes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,750. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
In 1980 Attorney Wylie Cypher, in midlife crisis, plans a trek across the White Mountains of Peru with his daughter, Mercy. By misadventure, they must fight their way across the mountains to protect a vital international secret, chased by bloodthirsty villains from both sides of Peru's bloody civil war. Book observes that gap between rich and poor leads to anarchy. Torture, mayhem, combat, CIA.
Master Gardener
Series: Wylie Cypher, Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,350. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A humorous look at the problems presented by genetically altered seeds and chemicals that prohibit growth of weeds. Anne Proctor, Master Gardener in New Anglia, finds magic seeds that produce "super plants" that threaten the profitable seed business of BIG AG. Wylie Cypher, retired lawyer, battles BIG AG. Eco-terrorism group saves monarch butterfly. Fun and satisfying 300 pages!
Public Information
Series: Wylie Cypher, One. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 131,430. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A novel about the Korean War and its aftermath as experienced by Wylie Cypher, a young soldier assigned to a combat Infantry Division Public Information Office. Scenes of combat, military humor, a coming of age as well as a love story. Explains the origins of potential for conflict in present-day Korea. Endorsed by many Korean War veterans.

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