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Author Interview: Daniel Straka, Author of A Wolf On the Loose

Author Photo - Sage - 001 Dan achieved a BFA in photography and metal working and since graduating, has done neither. By day he works in manufacturing. By night, often very late into the night, he writes and stalks America’s sub-cultures on the vast internets

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Describe your book series, A Wolf on the Loose, in a single sentence.

Two former Marines start a private security company in an R-rated, Scooby-doo meets Burn Notice style, weekly serial thriller.

Who/what inspired you to write this book?

I’d been researching and writing a historical novel and began to feel very disconnected from the modern word and people around me. I started digging into the news and found so many stories, cultural movements, and events that I wanted to explore.

A Wolf on the Loose is about two former Marines who start a private security company. This premiseenables them to travel almost anywhere, for a variety of clients and in turn allows me to write about all kinds of social issues from police shootings, gentrification, and nerd culture.

The genre, timeframe, and format allowed me to have the character’s living in our world, reacting to major events. The week-to- week format also gave the characters room to breathe; slice-of- life scenes that wouldn’t fit within a novel were able to be included.

Which books would you say have influenced your life the most?

Man in the High Castle – for its unique approach to an alternative history

Fight Club – for its menacing pace and punctuation. This book made me love punctuation

Wicked – for its impossible craft, subtle horror, ephemeral feel

My War Gone By, I miss it so – no words; just read it

When did you first realise that you wanted to become a writer?

I enjoyed writing since I was twelve. Being dyslexic, I saw writing stories as a hurdle I needed to get over.

If asked, how would your family describe you?

Gosh, I hardly know. Hard working, I suppose.

I will say that they are incredibly supportive. To write is a very selfish activity, demanding a lot of time and support as you go through the various stages. I always thank my wife, Beth, for her constant support.

Apart from reading and writing, what else do you usually do?

I’m very involved in the 3D printing industry and building a team of professional model makers and engineers. I’ve worked on projects that went up into space and into medical labs.

Is there something about you that people will be very surprised to know?

In my younger years, I was a ranked paintball player.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

When I got out of college, a family friend told me, if I wanted to make video games, I had to stop playing video games and just make games. He said that for five years after college you have this energy before life starts to take over with bills and a mortgage.

Instead, I decided to focus on writing and have tried to keep that energy beyond those 5 years.

Second to that would be, “As I am, so will you be.” I read that on a tombstone.

 Lastly, do you have any special message for your readers?

As part of the blog tour, I will be releasing one episode a week for free on Amazon, beginning on July 4th. I hope you enjoy reading any, or all, of A Wolf On the Loose. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, or as a review on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for stopping by, Daniel! We wish you the best in all your future endeavours 🙂 


Wolf On the Loose_ Episode 1, A - Dan Straka



Seventeen year old blogger, writer and interviewer. Also a voracious reader. My interests include classic books, archaeology, world history and politics. Staunch advocate for wildlife conservation and animal adoption. Debut novel to be out soon!

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