Rolf Hitzer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1959 and raised by his parents, Erna and Julius Hitzer.
Rolf attended Princess Margaret Elementary School, John Pritchard Junior High and Graduated from Kildonan East Regional Secondary School where he had majored in Culinary Arts.
Rolf is married to his wife Irma since 1997. Together they have a wonderful blended family with Rita and Clark Bodoano and Grand children, Alexandria, Patrick and Braeden. Jason and Leah Tutlies, and Grandson Easton. Mandel Hitzer, and the youngest Jessica Hitzer. Clearly the growth of his family is still a work in progress.
Rolf Hitzer has several passions besides writing, they include being at the log cabin on weekends. Spending time on the water with a fishing pole in hand. Wildlife viewing and especially Moose calling during the fall rut. Playing a range of Poker card games and a variety of board games.
Rolf is a Member of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, The Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is currently working on his second novel.
For more information on his book visit: http://www.hoodoosea.com/
Hoodoo Sea is his first novel.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Rolf. Can you tell us what your latest book, Hoodoo Sea, is all about?
A: Nasa’s team of scientist’s develop speed-of-light capability for space travel. On the maiden test flight the crew goes missing as they enter the Bermuda Triangle. The crew is unaware that they have gone missing as they lose control of their technologies as they safely land in an open field. Convinced search and rescue will soon locate them the day is spent in waiting. What happens at night, though, is about to change everything they know and believe about life and death.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
A: My main character, Wing Commander Scott Reed, is the quiet leader that cares about his crew. Before he acts, he thinks things through and then garners a plan of action. Well respected and liked, with the exception of Captain James Harrow who felt he deserved to be selected as the leader of the crew, and as the mission progresses, so does the anger welling up in this character. Captain John Heintz is the wholesome and religious doctor that was born and raised in the Midwest. Deedee Polson is the only female member of the crew. In the book she starts off appearing to be emotionally fragile and little help to the crew members, but she prevails to be one of the stronger characters as the story moves forward.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
A: The characters are mostly from my imagination. That being said, the main character does mirror my personality. At least this is what I’ve been told.
Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?
A: When I first started writing Hoodoo Sea I thought I had the entire plot figured out. A funny thing happened as I continued writing the novel. It was as if my pen took on it’s own life as the plot kept changing as fast as the chapters did. It was a really strange feeling as to how the book ended up versus what my original vision of the story was. I can genuinely say it was a combination of a planned plot and a ongoing changing plot.
Q: Your book is set in the Bermuda Triangle. Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?
A: My novel is about life after death. I thought by having my characters go missing in the Bermuda Triangle it would add another element of mystery and paranormal. The beginning of the book is so misleading as the story and plot take on a hundred and eighty degree twist once they travel through the devil’s ocean. By the way, that is how the title of the novel came about. Hoodoo Sea is another name for the Bermuda Triangle.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?
A: Ooops, I gave some of this answer away by answering your previous question. Yes, the setting had everything to do with the book. The reason for selecting the Bermuda Triangle as a geographical location is the fact that I was having four different people going through what happens after death and this was a great location to have four people depart from Earth.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
A: Captain James Harrow is having a nightmare. This is the first time he meets the antagonist, Therkor, who is communicating to James through his dreams. Captain Harrow awakens from the hellish dream and because it was so vivid compared to a normal dream, he doesn’t know what to make of what had just happened.
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
A: Here goes, hope you like it…as follows:
Scott took a few slow and careful steps towards the wolves, hoping not to spook them into running off. The eyes didn’t move or blink. He stared them down, as if sizing them up, as he continued inching towards them. Now the pair of eyes on his left began to move towards him! He didn’t expect a wolf to show such aggression. Scott stopped, his heart racing. Why weren’t they running away, like they always had in the past? The first set of eyes continued to creep forward. Now the wolf on the right joined its mate. Scott remained perfectly still, trying to show these wild animals he was no threat to them, but his strategy did not stop their advance.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Rolf. We wish you much success!