Thursday, 3 March 2016

Question and Answer with Manning Wolfe Author of Dollar Signs.

Merit Bridges, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lady lawyer.

I'd like to introduce Manning Wolfe and welcome her today to Books with Wine and Chocolate. Manning is here all the way from Austin,Texas where her debut novel has just been published. This will interest those of you who love legal or courtroom drama novels and it is also the first part of a series of books so that should keep us all occupied for a while.
I asked Manning a few questions.

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 characterises 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.


It was interesting to hear that the ideas of stories in your head may have led you to your career as an attorney. Time seems to be the hardest part for any writer to find and even for bloggers too. If only we had an extra day each week we could keep for writing I think we'd all be a lot happier.
Thank you Manning for taking the time to answer the questions. Good luck with your book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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