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An interview with T A Von Reiman

HERE'S another of those magical interviews conducted over the Internet by Deborah Fisher. The subject is T A Von Reiman, author of Storms of Destiny.


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Deborah: What made you want to be a writer?

T.A.: I’ve always been fascinated by books and the many places they can take you. Everything I see, smell, taste or hear inspires me to create a story. I have a very vivid imagination and it spins tales and creates worlds out of whatever situation I am in. I can be sitting in a waiting room and I will observe a couple or a family and immediately I begin to imagine where they live, what kind of life they have and add dialogue even when I can’t hear them speak. Writing fiction provides a home for all my creations and allows me to expand and mould them to fit into a story. When I can describe my characters and story so completely that I see the understanding in the eyes of all who read it then I am fulfilled and start on the next imaginary scenes.

Deborah: It sounds like fiction is your forte. Do you specialise in a particular genre?

T.A.: Any type of fiction. I enjoy creating suspense and mystery as well as fantasy. I have been trying my hand at non-fiction lately but my first love will always be fiction. It’s watching the story unfold that drives me and brings me the most enjoyment.

Deborah: You’ve already said you have a fertile imagination. Where do you get your ideas?

T.A.: From everyone and everywhere. It may be some piece of a conversation I hear, something that I remember from my childhood or a trip I took. Sometimes a situation touches my heart and I feel inspired to write about it and perhaps get information out to people even if it is hidden within the pages of my fiction stories. I recently wrote a short story for a writing competition entitled The Strength Within; it is a story based on a woman who is in an abusive relationship. It is fiction but the details and pain are real.

Deborah: If ideas aren’t a problem, is there anything you do find difficult about writing?

T.A.: For me it is ending the story. I become so enthralled by my characters and their lives that it’s hard for me to bring it all to a nice tidy ending. I guess that’s why I am writing a sequel to Storms of Destiny. I just can’t see putting all those lively characters to rest. I think they have a lot more living to do. It’s also very difficult for me to kill off one of my characters, no matter how much they may deserve it. It seems so final. I guess it’s because I spend so much time bringing them to life that I really hate to take it away from them. But my major area of opportunity is editing. I am definitely not an English expert and grammar sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out.

Deborah: What else have you published?

T.A.: Storms of Destiny is coming soon and I am working on the sequel as well as a fantasy novel entitled The Eyes of Horu". I have sent a short story entitled Hank’s Day Out to several on-line sites. I have a poem entitled Forget Me Not coming out with The International Library of Poetry in a coffee table poetry book entitled Eternal Portraits shortly. This poem will also be included on a poetry CD and I have another poem, The Gift, coming out in the Who’s Who of Poetry by The International Library of Poetry. I have a new E-zine magazine that I have just started and samples of my work as well as that of others authors can be found there. The site address is http:// I welcome everyone to take a look and send me their comments.


Deborah: Many writers consider networking important. Do you have any links with other writers or writers’ groups?

T.A.: I belong to a workshop called Critters. It is designed to give writers a place to critique each other’s work. I think this has been very valuable to me and has helped me fine-tune my skills. Of course it is like every place else and sometimes you get someone who just wants to knock you to your knees but this is also helpful. Because it’s good to learn that not everyone is going to like everything you write and once you turn your work out to the public you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad. I think that all writers should have some form of communication with other writers, publishers and editors. It’s good to have a professional point of view on your work so you know where you really stand in that area. But ultimately each piece is the writer’s own creation and only they can decide if they want to revise it to fit someone else’s desires.

Deborah: I’m glad you said that, because it’s very much in keeping with the principles behind the Tregolwyn Book Reviews site. Is there anyone in particular who has been of help to you?

T.A.: Actually there are many people. Every writer that has captivated my attention with one of their tales has helped me succeed. I truly believe I can do anything anyone else can do. I may have to try harder or study more but I can accomplish anything that anyone else can. Every person that has read my stories as they first began and asked me questions about parts they didn’t understand and gave me their honest opinions have been invaluable to my success.

Deborah: (laughs) I’ll count myself in then. Do you model yourself on any particular writer?

T.A.: I’m not really sure. It’s very difficult for me to see my own style. I have been told that my strengths are the vivid details and descriptions I give in my stories. I enjoy the writings of many authors, Stephen King, John Grisham, Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks to mention a few. I can only hope that one day I will be as gifted as these individuals and I would love to have a style similar to any one of them.

Deborah: So what’s next for you? What are your writing goals?

T.A.: To write and get published as much as possible. To have one or more of my books turned into movies and to be allowed to write the screenplay. But mostly to always be able to be proud of what I write and not to feel I have sold out any of my own ideals. I have to always be true to myself above all in my writing.

Deborah: Where do you hope to be in a year from now?

T.A.: In a year I expect to have at least 3 books in the market and hopefully the screenplay I am writing on Storms of Destiny accepted. In five years I hope to have 15 books in the market and at least two being made into a movie and in 10 years I hope I have more books than I can count on the best sellers list and be able to watch the movie reviews on many of my productions. As I said I have a very vivid imagination. (Laughs)

Deborah: It’s good to see that you are willing to take advice and criticism from others. Do you have any advice of your own to offer other new writers?

T.A.: Well I guess it would be write, write, write, submit, submit and submit and write some more. This is the only way to get published and sometimes it is a very frustrating road. Also I would say don’t sacrifice your own voice and style for commercialism. I’m not saying that some revisions might not be needed but always remain true to the story you set out to tell. Don’t let someone force you to revise to the point that you don’t recognize your own work. Just keep knocking on doors and you will find someone that will believe in your work and want it for the valuable creation that it is. That is what I found when my publisher contacted me. Publish America has believed in my work and accepted it for what it is, my expression, and I am so grateful to them for this. I would recommend them to anyone for that reason alone. But mostly I guess I would say don’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself and go on; that’s part of being a writer.

For a review of Storms of Destiny, click here

To read an interview with Byron Merritt, click here