Ulf Wolf


Ulf is a Swedish name that once meant Wolf. So, yes, Wolf Wolf, that’s me.

I was born Ulf Ronnquist one snowy night in late October, in one of those northern Swedish towns that are little more than a clearing in the forest.

Fast forward through twenty Swedish years, ten or so English ones, and another twenty-four in the US and you’ll find me in front of an immigrations officer conducting the final citizenship interview, at the end of which he asks me, “What name would you like on your passport?”

And here I recall what a friend had told me, that you can pick just about any name you want at this point, and I heard me say “Ulf Wolf.”

That’s how it happened. Scout’s honor.

Of course, I had been using Ulf Wolf as a pen name for some time before this interview, but I hadn’t really planned to adopt that as my official U.S. name. But I did.

I have written stories all my life. Initially in Swedish, but for the last twenty or so years in English. To date I have written six novels, four novellas and two scores of stories; along with many songs and poems.

My writing focus these days is on life’s important questions (in my view): Who are we? What are we doing here? And how do we break out of this prison?

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I sure do, because it was the first taste I had of the great feeling of letting your imagination run wild on paper. It was a free-form class assignment, and I chose to invent a tale of a wolverine and a reindeer, which included the wolverine dropping from a tree onto the back of the poor victim. As I was writing this tale, I lived the wolverine's life and hunger, and blood-thirstiness, and really lost track of pen and paper as the story flowed out of me. It was a good story. Too good, as it happened, because not only did the teacher accuse of plagiarizing but she convinced my parents, too, that I must have stolen the story from somewhere--no child my age could possibly. The only person who believed that I had written it was my maternal grandmother, much to her credit (in my eyes).
What is your writing process?
It depends on the length of the story. If a short story, I just like to dream up a situation and then kick the protagonist into motion while I hang on to his coat tails and take good notes, living his or her life. If a longer story, I usually end out doing a fairly detailed outline just to make sure that the story arc actually makes sense, both logically and aesthetically.
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