Featured Interview With Torry Wolf
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Torry and I am just a regular gay from next door. I was born and raised in the SW corner of Germany, close to France and Luxemburg, and I have lived there for the majority of my 44 years on Earth.
About 20 years ago, I made my first friends online, some of which happened to live in Arizona, and I ended up visiting them there. Ever since then, I consider Arizona my second home; not just because my closest friends live there, but also because I love the state with its amazing natural wonders and wonderful weather.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have loved reading since I can remember.
It was different with writing. I never really liked writing essays and such for German class in school. Never got great grades for it either. But then I started learning English as a foreign language, and suddenly writing felt much easier. Maybe the part of your brain that is responsible for language skills is also the part where your creativity comes from, which would explain why it is so much easier for me to write in English than in my native German.
I used to just write short stories, but last year I participated in National Novel Writing Month, and I actually finished the challenge to write an entire book in 30 days.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
If there is one author that I have read every book of, it’s Stephen King. I have devoured his books since I was a teenager.
My other favorite genres are fantasy, especially epics like ‘Lord of the Rings’, but also dystopian stories, especially with young adult main characters.
As a gay man, I also like LGBT themed books, mostly coming out and coming of age stories.
I don’t really get inspiration from any particular author but rather from the world around me when my imagination takes little things that I see in real life and then spins a story around it.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The book, ‘Papago Wolves’, was inspired by another visit to Arizona. Sitting on the rocks in Papago Park, the idea just came to me. What if there was more to these rocks than meets the eye? The fantasy-loving part of my mind then pictured a young werewolf sitting where I was sitting, looking for his roots and finding so much more. He falls in love with another boy, and together they travel from Arizona to Montana and even beyond the boundaries of our world, having to face a demon, poachers and a rogue wolf pack.
Writing the first draft took 30 days, though it took another 6 months before I actually decided to publish the book with Kindle Direct Publishing.
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