Q&A with Manning Wolfe
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
One would think I write legal thrillers because I am an attorney, but it may be the other way around. I became an attorney because of the stories in my head and my ideas about fairness and equality. Those concepts are evident in all of my writing.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
When I write my first draft of a novel, I see the story in my head like a movie. I always have an outline before I begin, so when I sit down to write, I go into the scene I’m working on almost immediately. I can see colors, hear sounds, feel temperature, smell aromas, and most importantly feel the tension of the conflict of the scene. Sometimes when I go back and re-read a scene during editing, those same emotions are re-created.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part was finding time to write while I was still a full time attorney and raising a young man. As I’ve shared in my blog many times, my son, on whom the character Ace is based, is dyslexic. His learning disability required a lot of extra Mom time. Now, he self advocates, is totally independent, and he actually helps me from time to time.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed many part of the process, but one that comes to mind is writing Betty. She is Merit Bridge’s office manager who has a no nonsense style and sassy mouth. She’s like your irreverent Auntie who speaks her mind and keeps everyone under her wing. You can’t help but love her, even when she’s bossing you around. She has a whole list of Texas sayings that are in the series and also posted on Twitter and Facebook. People seem to get a kick out of them because they’ve been shared a lot.
Are there under-represented groups or ideas featured if your book? If so, discuss them.
In Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boot King, a Goliath corporation has taken advantage of a pair of Hispanic brothers who have English as their second language. The brothers have bought into the American Dream and now have come up against an American Nightmare through the legal system. Merit Bridges, the attorney/protagonist in all of the Texas Lady Lawyer books has a soft spot for the underdog as exhibited by her representation of these men, women who have found themselves on hard times, and her diverse office staff.
If you were a superhero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?
I’d be a cross between Rosie the Riveter – We Can Do It, and Wonder Woman – Girl Power. Of course, I’d wear red, white, & blue with a cape and bandana tied like a headband. Plenty of mascara and red lipstick would be good.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MANNING WOLFE, an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bs. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King.A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.
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