Interview With Author DAVID WOLF
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing a variety of novels for several decades now. My first published novel is Mindclone, about the consequences of uploading a mind to a computer. Those consequences are both hilarious and serious, especially when the newly-created Mindclone is in love with his “donor’s” new girlfriend. I’ve decided to self-publish all my other novels, including four crime novels, plus a romantic comedy about a guy in advertising who falls in love with a starlet–set back in the MadMen Era. They’re all available on Amazon, and can be seen at my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/David-T-Wolf/e/B00BWI5I1A/
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest is a ripped-from-the-headlines murder trial in which the woman accused of murdering her husband just wrote a book called How to Murder your Husband. I’m still trying to get an agent for this one, so it’s not yet available. The title: Who Shot Harry Krishna? Obviously, what inspired it is the real case in which a woman was actually convicted of murdering her husband after writing a blog entitled, How to Murder your Husband. This woman left many clues beyond her blog, and the law brought her down. In discussing this case with my daughter, I got a bright idea of how she could have mounted a defense. My book is told from the point of view of her hapless attorney, whose girlfriend points out that with a million TikTok followers, if he won this case, he’d be famous.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So, so many! Donald E. Westlake, for his hilarious Dortmunder books; Nelson DeMille for his wryly-comic John Corey novels; Ray Kurzweil for his brilliant predictions of the ways Artificial Intelligence will affect our future; the great Golden Age science fiction authors including, Clarke, Asimov, Sturgeon et alia. Richard Powers for his depth and beauty. I could go on and on!
What are you working on now?
Just in the process of self-pubbing my novels, so going through them once more, formatting them, arranging for covers and so on–plus pitching my comic crime novel, Who Shot Harry Krishna? to agents in hopes of gaining a traditionally published novel at long last!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t see a lot of success this way, but I use Twitter and Facebook mostly. I have a new site on Allauthor.com that features my four crime novels, so I’ve been putting that out on Facebook, Twitter and via email to my friends and acquaintances.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I can tell you that for me, being in a critique group has been essential because I find it’s too easy to fall in love with my own writing and be blind to its flaws. Having fresh eyes on the text has been a major help for me. Others may differ, suggesting you go deep into your own vision and let that rule.
What are you reading now?
The Dictionary of Lost Word, by Pip Williams. Also, American gods, by Neil Gaiman.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Scrounging for reviews! You can’t get people (strangers) to consider buying your book if they don’t see that at least a half dozen readers liked it. My sci-fi novel Mindclone has managed to garner some 60 reviews, which is wonderful, especially since the star rating is in the very high fours! So if any of you like intricate crime novels leavened with spots of wry humor, please head on over to my allauthor site and pick one or two to read and post reviews! Here’s the link: https://allauthor.com/author/wolfman141/
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Fat ones! Definitely one of Richard Power’s, like The Time of our Singing. The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson. The Hummingbird’s Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Passage of Power, by Robert Caro–a masterful, almost novelistic partial biography of LBJ!
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