Alan Wynzel


I was born and raised in Morristown, NJ. The years I spent there in a home on Lake Valley Road shaped my life and my writing, which began there, when I was 11. My childhood memoir, When I Was German, tells that story.

Now, at 49, I'm still writing. I'm divorced, have two teenaged kids, and was out of work for almost 2 years in the Great Recession. I've been writing about that, too. A novel, The Seventh Round, that I will publish soon, tells that story. And another is in the works. I'm most prolific, and adept, at telling my own life story, whether in memoir, or fiction.

Like Hemingway said, write what you know.

As for the writers I most admire, well, Hemingway, of course. And Bukowski...I can't read any other poetry but his. Vonnegut, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, and Mark Twain.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember, but it had to be 3rd or 4th grade. I remember writing stories for class in the 5th and 6th grade and getting high marks for them. I also wrote 63 pages of a war novel in 6th grade! I never finished it, though. Wish I still had it but all my school work was thrown out.
What is your writing process?
This is a question formulated by someone who doesn't write, as far as I'm concerned. There is no process, you just sit down and write. All I can say on this is I tend to cycle...write for weeks and weeks then nothing for weeks (or months).
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Where to find Alan Wynzel online


When I Was German
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,330. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When I Was German is the childhood memoir of a boy raised in a home that reverberated with the echoes of World War II. Although born in NJ long after the last guns in Europe went silent, the unresolved grief of his German mother and the bitter conflict between her and his Jewish father made for a home that was a battlefield through which the boy struggled to survive and grow.

Alan Wynzel's tag cloud

1960s    1970s    german    holocaust    jewish    memoir    sgt rock    wwii   

Smashwords book reviews by Alan Wynzel

  • I, Joaquin on July 09, 2014

    In I, Joaquin, Melvin Litton delivers a literary mix of human drama, history, passion, adventure, and action. Narrated by the spirit of Joaquin Murrieta--extant in his decapitated head--this epic tale is the life story of the bandit/hero as he roamed 1850s California, playing a dramatic and violent role in the history of the time and place. Mr. Litton masterfully blends universal themes of passion, folly, lust, and vengeance with an authentic portrayal of a time and place itself undergoing dramatic change. Joaquin is a product of history; at the same time, he makes history. A rich, literary work of great depth, I, Joaquin, just like the head of Joaquin, speaks: passionately, forcefully, angrily; and ultimately, with great wisdom.