Interview with Kenneth D. Reimer

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I travel. Ever since I was a kid, I've had a desire to know what lies around the corner. When I drive past a gravel road that stretches off onto the prairie, or disappears into a grove of trees, I feel a tug to follow it and see where it leads. For me, travel satisfies this urge. I love that feeling of excitement that I get when I step off a plane. Who knows what lies ahead?
Who are your favorite authors?
When I was young, J.R.R Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard were my literary heroes - I consumed every verb and noun that they produced. (I feel sorry for people who only know Tolkien from the movies - as good as they are.) When I began working on my own fiction, Karl Edward Wagner had a huge influence on the development of my style. I still return to his short stories for little shots of inspiration. As an adult, I regard Hemingway and Conrad as masters of the craft.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hm. No, I don't.
I can, however, remember my first poem. I can still recall the afternoon that it came to me - riding my bike in circles round and round a little bay and memorizing the lines as I composed it in my head.
Describe your desk
I think this question is a bit of an anachronism - with a laptop, my kitchen island, couch, deck, and neighbouring coffee shop have all become my "desk." I no longer go into a place to write; instead, I go out.
When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was in elementary school, and this impulse came as a direct result of by older brother giving me a copy of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I think my first "story" had to do with hobbit-like creatures enslaved in the camp of a dark lord. I had never heard of "fan fiction" before, but I suppose that was what I was creating.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is really a two-part question, as my focus is divided between two major works. My first novel, The Lamb White Days, was published in 2009, but I've never been totally satisfied with that edition. As a result, I am currently working on a second edition that is substantially different from the first. The Lamb White Days is the story of how a dystopian society comes into being, and I have realized that such a story needs to be allegorical in nature. I placed the setting of the first edition in an actual city, and I think that setting - rooted in reality - works against the allegory. In the second edition, I intend to correct this error.

The other work that occupies my time is a manuscript titled Ashes. I am on the third or fourth draft, but it still needs a fair bit of work. This is a horror story set in the city of Canmore, Alberta, and it revolves around the struggle between a lycanthrope fleeing for his life, and the knight who has sworn to kill him.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The act of writing is so multifaceted that it is difficult to isolate one thing. The best part, I suppose, must be the moment of creation - when the story first surfaces and demands my attention. When my eyes turn inward, and I crack the shell of the story, it is thrilling to discover this whole narrative that has been developing within my imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
First of all, I can't wrap my head around the idea of "fans." I am glad that I have "readers" - people who like my stories, but I have difficulty accepting the idea of fans.

Even the idea of readers confounds me a little. I remember sitting in a sidewalk café with my wife and having someone approach to tell me how much he loved The Lamb White Days. I was very appreciative and thanked him for being so kind, but the entire exchange seemed a little surreal. For me, writing is a lonely occupation, and I have yet to fully comprehend the idea that there are people out there listening to my voice.
Published 2015-03-19.
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Books by This Author

Zero Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,380. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the employees of a toy company uncover a dusty and oddly wired mechanical monkey that enables them to travel through time, one of their team witnesses a terrible truth and spirals into madness. His companions are compelled to track him through an increasingly dangerous space-time continuum where their efforts are sabotaged by a mysterious stranger from the distant region of Zero Time.