Name: Michael H. Reimer
Adopted hometown: Mobile.
MWG member for how many years: 6 years.
Books: I am finishing my fantasy novel, “The Hell of Horazor.”
What is your literary guilty pleasure? I like to read reprints of old superhero comic books. Still, the comics were one of the major things that first stirred my imagination. With the popularity of superhero movies, other people are finally seeing what I have liked for many years.
What books inspired you as a child? Besides the comics, I was inspired by books that were written from a fantasy/Science Fiction perspective. I was definitely inspired by “The Lord of the Rings,” which I consider the best book ever written; it is the only book that I have read five times. I also enjoyed the writings of Isaac Asimov and Edgar Rice Burroughs as well as “Star Trek” fiction. I liked nonfiction history too, but it is difficult to pen down one writer.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer and how did it affect your life plans? I decided I wanted to be a writer between my junior and senior year of high school. I wrote a great deal of fantasy material that summer, and as much as I could during the school year. I just had a compulsion to write then. Since then the creative fire has died down some. I majored in English-Creative Writing at South Alabama, but I never published anything. But there is still hope.
If you could work with any living writer, who would it be and why? There is a fairly new fantasy writer named Brandon Sanderson whose writings seem to match my taste.
If you could travel back in time and spy on a writer, who would it be and why? J. R. R. Tolkien. The man put in a huge amount of work on “The Lord of the Rings” for 13 years. It would great to see such a study in perseverance.