The government of the United States of America is on the verge of startling the world.
Billions of dollars had been invested in its space program.
And now, the moment of truth has arrived…
Scott Reed is the man for the historic mission. He is the Wing Commander chosen by the elite brass at NASA. The assignment to test flight the first speed of light craft, held top secret, was about to shock the world. The risk? Utter and complete failure. The reward? Being a part of the greatest human accomplishment ever known to mankind.
Major James Harrow, second in command of the four person crew, despised his Wing Commander. Harrow was a proud and patriotic American. What was NASA thinking when they selected a Canadian to pilot the voyage? There was no comparison as to who was the better skilled aviator. This was his time, his moment. Major James Harrow was about to prove to everybody they were wrong to bypass him as Commander.
The weather conditions were perfect and lift-off for the test flight was text book. The triumphant cheers from Mission Control in Houston were echoed all the way to Cape Canaveral. The silent fear of the first hurdle of the flight had been succumbed. All systems were go! That is, until the crew and SOLT-X1 entered the Bermuda Triangle…
Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
When I sit down to write my first draft is with a notepad of paper and a pen. Not just any pen, it needs to be a Bic pen. When I type, I work with the two finger poke and this is a slow process and I’m not able to keep up with my thoughts when I try and write in this fashion. My editor, Norm Asher, made a valiant effort to teach me keyboard typing, but I am a pen and paper person. I like to scribble too.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author, by virtue of the amount of books that I have read from one author is, Louis L’amour. The majority of his work is early American history and how the country was formed in an untamed new world. I really enjoy his storytelling. There are so many authors that I enjoy reading their books and I would have quite a long list of names, but my answer is by the novels from one author that I have read the most.
Time Frame: From start to finish
My first draft took me a year to write. Between the first, second, third, fourth and fifth rewrite, it took three years from start to completion. When you add signing a contract with a literary agent, securing a publishing agreement and production of the novel, all said and done it took five years to have my book in my hands.
Have you ever abandoned any books/novels in progress?
Yes, the same novel I am currently writing I have abandoned twice now. The first time was to be at my mothers side when she needed me the most in her life. The second time, this year as life just happened to get in the way. I hope to start again this January to complete the project that I have started.
Advice for the audience, first time authors, those choosing the writing life.
The writing life is very lonely as most often you will be in a confined room or space and it is just you, your thoughts, and how you will place this in your own written style. We are in a very instant society and often instant gratification is expected. The writing life is the opposite of this and it (in my opinion) is a difficult, and often, an unrewarding craft. That being said, if you decide writing is something you really want to pursue, then sit down and don’t think…just write. Your thinking begins after you finish your first draft.
How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
When I saw my novel and held it in my hands for the very first time, I was overcome by emotions that I hadn’t expected. It was also the first time that it really hit home with me that I had written a book and that I was now a published author. Behind the scenes it is such a long process that there were times I had forgotten that I wrote a book. It was a special moment and one I will never forget.
The room was a sterile, monotonous white. Had you been standing there blindfolded and then had the blind removed, you’d be convinced this was the cell of an asylum. But there was no padding on these walls. This was the briefing room at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Even the uniforms were white – with the exception of the bright blue NASA crests just below the left shoulder.
Wing Commander Scott Reed wiped a bead of sweat from his brow. His crew was at his side. Everyone stared at the white walls in complete silence as they awaited their final instructions. As a unit they had never been this quiet for so long. The hours, days and months of training drills were now over. They were ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
The mission they’d prepared for would be historic. These astronauts were about to perform the first test ﬂight ever at the speed of light. “Warp speed” was the language they used at NASA. At the time of the selection protocol, there had been thirty potential recruits. After each training module and testing round came the elimination stage. Scott and his crew were the final four left standing.
Scott had absolute confidence in his team. They were disciplined and tough. Each member had a particular area of expertise that would contribute to the success of the mission.
Scott was the only Canadian. Considering the recent political mood since the Iraq War, he’d been surprised when NASA had called upon him to lead the mission. Not bad for a kid from Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he still lived when he wasn’t on duty. The years he had dedicated himself in the Aeronautics and Astronautics program at MIT were now worth every minute.
About Rolf Hitzer
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/