Giant wolf, long ride: Toledoan works 40 years to get book publishedWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The book Toledoan Robert C. Wahl wrote 40 years ago is finally published. “Ride the Giant Wolf” was published by BearManor Fiction, after being rejected “probably 50 times.”
“I ran around the house screaming and yelling,” Wahl said. “I got so discouraged, I just put it away. Just like every other writer, I got nothing but rejections, one right after the other.”
He found BearManor Fiction through his brother, Jan, who has written 125 children’s books.
“My brother read it [and] always encouraged me to write,” Wahl said. “I sent it to them without any preconceived ideas at all. I didn’t hear back from them for months. I finally emailed the guy that I sent it to and I just said, ‘what’s going on? maybe you want to just send the book back to me.’ He said, ‘no, we’re going to publish it.’”
His book is a fictionalized story of a young Pawnee warrior whose tribe faces famine and drought. The story takes place during the introduction of the horse to the North American continent.
The idea for the book began with a conversation with his grandfather, who told Wahl he was part Native American.
“I had no idea,” Wahl said. “That’s when the interest grew. I decided to write a book about the first meeting between Indian and white man but the book wrote itself. I never got to that point.”
The book tells of a boy’s journey into manhood.
Wahl said he enjoys work like Kenneth Roberts’ “Northwest Passage” and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
He wrote the book while he was a student at the University of Toledo. He said the version from 40 years ago was “almost the same as the one being published.” It had the same story but the language and style of writing were different. He also did a little more research.
Wahl suffered a blood clot in his stomach in 2002. It was then that he was motivated to pursue getting “Ride the Giant Wolf” published again.
“[I] nearly died. While I was sitting in my hospital bed, I said, “I don’t want my life to end right now,’” Wahl said. “When I got out of the hospital, I still had like two weeks before I went back to work and so I spent the two weeks writing.”
Wahl said he got started right away.
“If you think about something long enough, you’re probably going to talk yourself out of it,” Wahl said. “I jumped in with both feet.”
He was originally going to wait for retirement to bring the story “out of the mothballs,” he said.
Wahl also published two children’s books and has already started writing his next novel.
“Ride the Giant Wolf” is available on Amazon in paperback for $17.96 and Kindle for $9.95.