Thursday, October 29, 2009

Guest post: Rolf Hitzer, author of Hoodoo Sea

Today, I would like to welcome Rolf Hitzer to Pudgy Penguin Perusals. Before we see what Rolf has to say in his guest post, here is a little background info about this author.

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.

It has to be right..... to write by Rolf Hitzer

What made a tremendous difference for me to help maintain my concentration when I sat down to write, was the setting I selected. Early on when I had started to pen Hoodoo Sea, I realized that distraction was my biggest enemy.

Any slight disturbance, I found, hindered my creativity and ability to focus. So knowing this, my writing environment became as important as the story I was working on.

First came the room, I chose an area in the house, the basement, where I couldn't look out of the small window. Perfect. Whatever was happening outside, I had isolated myself from it.

Absolutely no phone, land line or cell. In fact, my wife would take a message whenever someone would call. No music, e mails, text messages, or even if anyone happened to come by the house unannounced. For two hours each day, I disappeared from the world. Sounds easy enough, but it wasn't.

Before going through this disciplined process, my word production was less than half, versus from when I had made the decision to isolate myself from everything. It's funny how life can be when we always seem to learn best from the school of hard knocks.

For more information on his book visit: .

This book published by Bluewater Press,LLC was provided for review by the author through a Virtual Book Tour.


  1. I always amazed at how writers can create their stories. I am easily distracted so I would have to be relegated to the basement also if I ever wanted to pen a novel!!

  2. gosh, it sounds obvious but I would never think of that. maybe if I move to the basement altogether I could write The Great American Novel.

    Or just get

  3. Oh gosh, I could never find complete isolation in this house! Even though we're out in the boonies and when I'm the only one home the dogs are barking, a big truck or noisy vehicle will rev up the road... there's always something. Good for him for being so disciplined!

  4. Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog.


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