Interview with Ted Reynolds

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My bodily Yang exceeds my Yin, which awakens me.. If that fails, my cats do the job..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well, I like planning my writing. It's great to find the right word, to get the description or the character or the mood just as you wanted it, to finish something and have someone special read the last sentence and say "Wow!." The hardest thing is working up the nerve to submit it for publication. Often it's a strain, but people climb mountains, don't they? People have babies. It's the result that finally counts, especially in creation. Something neat, perhaps even splendid, that wouldn't be here without you.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gathering material. And living; it's a joyous experience; All of us, even and especially writers, should try it sometime.
Describe your desk.
When I'm really on a roll it's a cylindrical Zulu tribal drum 26 inches high and well-scratched by cats. Other times it's just a desk.
How does one get in touch with you, Ted?
tedrey@umich.edu
What are you working on next?
Immediate: Preparing several of my science fiction novellas and short stories for publication. A work on the iconic City through history, by eyewitnesses. And I've discovered my H.G.Wells duology needs at least one more book to explain the unexplained impossibilities. Fortunately, with time travel, that can possibly be done.
Longer term: A sequel to Dante's Divine Comedy. A tale about the boyhood of Homer, and one about Philip James Bailey (don't ask.) Correspondence with friends on religion (not for everybody.)
How do you approach cover design?
I'm learning. Painfully.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The answer to that question changes constantly. Homer, anyway, every time a new translation comes out. Olaf Stapledon, always. The last Dickens I've read, at the moment "Our Mutual Friend." Can I call Will Durant's "History of Civilization" one book? "The Little Prince." And whatever book of my own I've just published.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm not sure I have grown up yet. I've spent all my time on a tiny planet of a minor sun in a galaxy we can all be proud of. I'm sure much of that seeps into my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Cities, out in about a month. I first had a glimmer of the idea for this book when, in the same month, I read three historical accounts telling of the sacking of a city. One told of how the barbarians defeated the guardians on the wall; the second told what happened after the invaders got over the wall; the third reported the thoughts of the conquering general as he viewed the ruins. It seemed like one single continuing story . . . but it was really three different cities, Rome, Byzantium, and Carthage, in 538 AD, 1453 AD, and 146 BC.

Like individuals, all cities are uniquely different, but like individuals they all are born and age, fall ill and thrive again, fight and triumph, perish and are mourned. In some sense there has been only One City, and this is its story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
"Once there was a little girl but she boiled over. Sniff. The end."
Published 2015-08-20.
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Books by This Author

Not For Women's Eyes
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Essay » Sociology
A secret organization of men has been working for two hundred years to achieve women's equality. Now they must consider the results of their efforts. Perhaps they should call the whole thing off? It might be too dangerous for men themselves. A certain sense of humor may be needed to appreciate this short piece.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
The angel had promised her that her son would become ruler in Judea . . . but instead he became a traveling preacher. Now she feared that she was losing his love. This is a portrayal of the most famous mother and son relationship in history in a new but all too familiar light.
Two Passions
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A compassionate priest and a murderer on Death Row exchange identities. Both must deal with the other's body, memories and desires. Each must make a final decision, and face a final fate . . . but whose? And who . . . or what . . . is in control? This book is not only intended to terrify, but also to raise serious questions about the deeper nature of human identity.