My guest today Alfred Wellnitz served in the Navy for seven years then worked for thirty-three years in technology as an electrical engineer. After retiring he worked in real-estate before at the age of 72, he decided to become a writer. Nothing in his background prepared him for this, but after a brief period at University of Minnesota while winding down my real estate business he spent two years taking classes and seminars at the Loft, a Twin Cities organization dedicated to teaching writing skills. During his second year of taking Loft classes he started writing his first novel, an historical fiction book called Finding the Way.
About Finding the Way:
Prussian immigrant Karl Mueller undertook a long journey in order to reach his goal to homestead land in America, a journey which ends in the Dakota territory during the time of the 1876 Black Hills gold rush. Karl meets companion Heinrich Schlicter on the ship taking him on the first step of what becomes a seven year odyssey. The two remain friends and partners as they travel across the young country while Karl pursues his goal. KarlÂ’s first priority is to accumulate enough money to finance his homestead plans.
The quest to accumulate the needed stake takes the two young men to ChicagoÂ’s notorious meat-packing plants, to a Wisconsin lumber camp, and to the Black Hills gold rush. While in the Black Hills, Karl falls in love with a mixed blood Lakota woman who helps him redefine his goal and to understand who he really is. A blending of history and social issues with a compelling story makes Finding the Way entertaining and informative reading.
From there he taken the writing mantel on full fold author with his first fiction novel “Push Back” set in 2033 while at the time futuristic, with all that is going on in the world these days one wonders just how real it might actually be.
About Push Back:
In PushBack, the author portrays a scenario of what could happen in the near future to a United States if it does not get its finances under control.
Young African American Lawyer Jim Reed seemingly has it all. Recently named a junior partner in an Atlanta law firm, Jim is shocked when he stops at his usual gas station and realizes the price of fuel has skyrocketed overnight to fifty dollars a gallon. It is 2033, and the world as Jim knows it is suddenly spinning out of control. Things get worse for Jim Reed and girlfriend Linda Alonzo when the nation, its economy devastated by hyperinflation, splits into eight different parts and they find themselves in the Federated States, a country controlled by an authoritarian white-supremacist government.
Jim Reed joins a group of African American insurgents pushing back against the brutal, bigoted ruling party and finds himself involved in dangerous, bold attacks on Federated States targets. The insurrection causes the Federated States government to take extreme measures, and it interns or exiles the country’s entire African American population. Reed goes into exile. As he recruits like-minded people to join together with the intent to destroy the Federated States Supremacist government, he conceives a plan that may just become the world’s greatest act of terrorism.
With a third book already under way, though starting late in life along the writing trail, the name of Alfred Wellnitz is one I’m sure we’ll hear more of.
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