Friday, February 24, 2017

Calvin Wolf ~ guest post and his novel ~ The Singularity

 TITLE: The Singularity (The Hank Hummel Series)
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
AUTHOR: Calvin Wolf
ISBN: 978-1539109747
IMPRINT: Devil’s Tower
KEYWORDS: Terrorism, nanotechnology, intrigue, economics and finance, espionage, science fiction, suspense
CATEGORIES: Thriller/Science Fiction

Calvin Wolf is a Texas native who contains a swirl of Wyoming, a sprinkling of New Mexico, and a pinch of Colorado.  By day, he teaches high school.  By evening, he pens novels.  Anywhere in between, he can be found writing commentary and editorials.  Wolf lives in West Texas with his wife, son, and French bulldog.  He has published five novels and two thousand articles, poems, and short stories.


As America struggles under a politically repressive bad dream, a high-tech innovation that has escaped from a government lab could become the ultimate nightmare.

Months after a devastating terrorist attack on the Human Capital Market servers on the University of Wyoming campus, a corrupt administration in Washington is looking to maintain its grip on the future by any means necessary. After a grieving father unleashes powerful forces the president would rather keep hidden, two falsely accused men struggle to find their families and clear their names while being hunted by the full force of the United States government…and two vicious ne’er-do-wells whose grudges run deep. As a desperate White House tries to track down its prized fugitives and keep a discontent public under control, new technology offers wonder and horror in droves. From omnipresent surveillance to secret prisons to trading equity in citizens’ wages on the new stock market, The Singularity is a fast-paced ride into a near future where anything is possible.


Guest Post (Interview):

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Midland, Texas. It's a small city, but pretty fast-paced given its oil industry. Also, there's a bit of political history with it being the proclaimed hometown of George W. Bush. It's a small city with big dreams and a long reach. Its influence and energy are greater than you would expect. I think I identified with that, which is why Midland was the setting of my first novels.

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a kid. When I was in elementary school I wrote my first "novel" in a spiral notebook. When I was in junior high I wrote a crude novel on a Fastdata 386 computer using WordPerfect 5.1, which makes me nostalgic when I think back to it. It was a military/political thriller about terrorists who stole the controls to orbiting nuclear weapons in space. I think it used all the cliches.

What's the story behind your latest book?
Despite oil prices currently declining, Midland has been a boomtown for the past several years. I wanted to explore the power and influence of Midland, and the dark ambition that can come from an economic boom, in a political thriller that continued the stories begun in The College and The University. The Human Capital Market from The University is now fully operational and has added to the oil boom benefiting Midland. But, of course, with any promise of great riches come many ne'er-do-wells. I wanted powerful antagonists from The College and The University to return and intermingle with new, equally devious antagonists. As their machinations unfold, how do the protagonists react?

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to be a writer, going back to that first book written in a spiral. I think it was seventy pages long, written in pencil. It's just always something I wanted to be. Words, dialogue, and storytelling are my crafts.

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I first tried to publish The College on Amazon, and found that to be a mistake. I like Smashwords because it offered a user-friendly platform for my work and helped me edit and reformat my novel to be more compatible with e-readers. I've become a big fan.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When somebody reads something I've written and it makes them think and imagine.

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Hopefully my writing can influence them in a positive manner, especially to explore their own imaginations and stimulate their own creativity. I hope to always be giving them writing worthy of their time.

What are you working on next?
I have completed the manuscript for a sequel to The City, titled The State, and am currently working on a standalone prequel to the series called Daylight Stealings Time.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton. Honestly, I'll read just about anybody if the time is right. I read everything from girly chick-lit, courtesy of my wife, to wordy presidential biographies.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Gotta get paid! That, and taking care of my amazing wife and young son.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach Economics at a high school during the day. After that, my wife and I usually try to hit the gym. Then, it's dinner and helping our son with homework. After that, if there aren't many chores to do, we might have a few hours before bedtime. We'll watch too much Netflix instant streaming and surf the Internet. As a freelance writer, I'm a big news junkie.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about six I wrote a story about a dog. It was in a little book made from a folded-up sheet of paper, and maybe a piece of yarn as the spine. I think it was written and drawn in orange marker.

What is your writing process?
I write by the seat of my pants. Very little outline. I routinely change direction in my head. It's always evolving.

Describe your desk
I have a nice corner desk, but right now my main laptop has died so I'll be a writing nomad for a bit.

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