The Pirates Corner – Discussion with Author Travis Heerman

Well true believers and jut those bored or truly interested in what goes on in a proverbial burgeoning author/poet’s life, trials an tribulations  ~
Here is the first of many discussions with a few of my Author friends. Today, I feature Travis Heermann, author of the widely popular Series: The Ronin Trilogy


Pirate’s Corner ~

  1. What was it that drew you to your artistic calling?

I remember writing and drawing my own comic books when I was in elementary school. My mom unearthed some of those and gave them to me, so I have a boxful of Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Conan, and Star Wars rip-offs. I was consumed by stuff like D&D, Thundarr the Barbarian, Star Trek, all kind of stuff. But it was Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter novels that made me want to become a writer. When I was maybe twelve or thirteen, I stumbled upon an old hard-cover of a double volume of Swords of Mars and The Synthetic Men of Mars in my school library, got snatched up by the story, and never looked back. Before long, I was pounding out a John Carter “homage” on my mom’s old manual typewriter. I think it finally clocked in at about 250 single-spaced pages.

  1. What book influenced you in the beginning?

Aside from Burroughs, I was also reading a lot of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, a bit of H.P. Lovecraft. A book that I remember having a great impact on me at about the same time was Interview with the Vampire. That book also blew my mind. Vampires can be the good guys? Wow, that was mind-blowing.

  1. What was the first story that engaged your senses – your imagination and visualisation?

My parents tell me my favourite book was Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates by Berthe Amoss.

This book was apparently the bedtime reading request every night for a very long time.

  1. If you could draw inspiration from one author, who would that be and why?

Nowadays, my literary idol is probably a tie between Ray Bradbury and Joe R. Lansdale. I love Bradbury’s playfulness, the poetry of his words, and the fact that he lived a fully literary life, with hundreds of short stories, films, television, and even stage plays to his credit. Lansdale is doing much the same thing, but with a wry, rough-edged wit that really appeals to me. Like Bradbury, Lansdale is pretty much a genre unto himself.

  1. Do you find, even after all this time, the same challenge or thrill composing/writing your latest work as you did when you wrote your first?

That thrill is why I keep doing this, and I would bet that’s true for every writer. Otherwise, if we’re not having fun, why do this? The author business is one of the most punishing, unfair, diabolically capricious careers in existence, so if we’re not doing something we consider worthwhile, why do it? It doesn’t happen every time I write. Usually it’s just a slog, but sometimes the Muse comes and sits in my lap and purrs in my ear and pours her brilliance out through my fingers and I come away from a writing session thinking, Not bad, not bad at all.

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