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20th anniversary of the successful duo behind Iny Lorentz "Die Wanderhure"

2023-09-21T08:08:46.103Z

Highlights: Writer couple Elmar Wohlrath and Iny Klocke alias Iny Lorentz celebrate the 20th anniversary of their bestseller "Die Wanderhure" Invented in 2001, more than 3.5 million copies of the title have been sold. In addition to historical novels, they write under other pseudonyms to explore different genres. They also use the Corona pandemic to be able to write undisturbed. In an interview with the B.Z. Berlin, the two authors revealed that they complete three novels per year.



Status: 21.09.2023, 09:54 a.m.

By: Sven Trautwein

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Iny Klocke and Elmar Wohlrath are the authors behind "Die Wanderhure". The book made them famous and became circulation millionaires.

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Behind the pseudonym Iny Lorentz is the author duo Elmar Wohlrath and Iny Klock. They married in 1982 and published their first books while working for an insurance company. A great success was the novel "The Wandering". Invented in 2001, more than 3.5 million copies of the title have been sold. This was followed by many other historical novels and several film adaptations of her books. They also use the Corona pandemic to be able to write undisturbed.

Iny Lorentz: Three novels a year

Writer couple Elmar Wohlrath and Iny Klocke alias Iny Lorentz celebrate the 20th anniversary of their bestseller "Die Wanderhure" (archive image). © Zoonar/Axel Kammerer/Imago

Every year a new historical novel by Ken Follett is published. Very often, the author is called the "master of historical novels." If you look at the workload of the author duo Iny Lorentz, this title could quickly falter. In an interview with the B.Z. Berlin, the two authors revealed that they complete three novels per year, research another and "mentally prepare" an additional one. In the Corona pandemic in 2020, they even wrote six and a half books, they say.

Iny Lorentz: Divided work

In an interview with the B.Z. both writers chat about writing. Elmar, who is interested in history, is responsible for the rough draft and Iny for the revision, which can be done up to seven times from time to time. There has never been a dispute in her entire writing career, both emphasize.

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Elmar Wohlrath and Iny Klocke revealed to the weekly magazine Stern that they produce between ten and twelve pages per day. This only works with iron discipline. In addition, a series contract keeps the two authors in the writing rhythm.

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"The Wandering" series by Iny Lorentz in order

  • The Wandering, 2004
  • The Castellan, 2005
  • The Legacy of the Wandering, 2006
  • The Daughter of the Wandering, 2008
  • Daughters of Sin, 2011
  • Die List der Wanderhure, 2014
  • The Wandering and the Nun, 2018
  • The Wandering and the Oriental Doctor, 2021
  • The Young Wandering, 2023

Five facts about the writing duo behind Iny Lorentz

  • From the couch to the bestseller: Their first novel together was written when they were both lying on the couch in the camper van, pondering what it would be like to write their own historical novel.
  • Long authorship: According to Gmeiner Verlag, Iny Klicke and Elmar Wohlrath have been writing together since 1982 and have written many short stories in addition to their historical novels.

  • International success: Iny Lorentz's books have been published in more than 20 countries and have delighted millions of readers worldwide.


  • Connected to their homeland: They live in a small village in Bavaria and have remained loyal to their homeland.


  • Further development: In addition to historical novels, they also write under other pseudonyms to explore different genres.

The two authors, who celebrated worldwide success with "Die Wanderhure", also publish books of different genres under other names: fantasy books under the pseudonym Sandra Melli, historical-erotic fantasy novels under the name Mara Volkers. In addition, there is young adult fantasy as Diana Wohlrath and thriller as Nicola Marni. They also wrote crime novels penned by Nike Andeer and local novels as Anni Lechner. An immense workload, coupled with extensive research trips per year.

What is "The Wandering" about?

Initially, the former wandering leads a happy life with her husband and child. But their enemies have not forgotten them. When Marie's nemesis Hulda learns that Marie is pregnant again, she forges a devious plan: Marie is to be kidnapped and declared dead. At first, the plan seems to work, and Michel, Marie's husband, mourns the love of his life. Soon, Hulda and her allies pressure him to remarry. Meanwhile, Marie is sold as a slave and kidnapped. Only at great risk to herself and her child and at the risk of her life does she succeed in finding her way back to her homeland. There she discovers that Michel is no longer free ...

The Wanderhuren series is supposed to come to an end after volume 10. But there will be enough material for more books. Definitely.

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2023 Droemer, ISBN-13 978-3-426-44793-2

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This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Sven Trautwein before publication.

Source: merkur

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