Shadows of the Deep, fiction, Issue 27, June 1, 2014
The Girl With No Name, fiction, Issue 33, December 1, 2015
Birthday? October 22
When did you start writing? When I was about twelve. I discovered John Carter of Mars in the school library, and my entire world changed. Soon afterward, I borrowed my mom's old Smith-Corona manual typewriter and battered out a 250-page single-spaced opus, an "homage" to Barsoom.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was an epic fantasy novel called The Ivory Star, published in 1997 by Commonwealth Publishing. But that proved to be a double-edged sword. There's a long account of that whole experience on my blog. http://travisheermann.com/blog/?page_id=34
What themes do you like to write about? Difficult to say because my writing genres are all over the map. A classmate of mine at the Odyssey writing workshop once told me that all of my stories that she had read were about these big, hard-edged men looking for redemption through the feminine. I hadn't thought about that before, but she was right at that time. Is it still true six years later? I'll let others be the judge.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? As I mention above, Edgar Rice Burroughs is why I became a writer, but then Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien came along soon after. So I was heavily influenced by the pulps early on.
And then in my 20s, I read Fahrenheit 451 and it changed my life. As explanation, I'll leave you this quotation, which should be sufficient.
"Stuff your eyes with wonder...live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world! It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, for there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that...shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass!"
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of Death Wind, forthcoming in 2016 from WordFire Press, The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.
In 2015, he moved to New Zealand with a couple of lovely ladies and a burning desire to claim Hobbiton as his own.
Visit Travis at www.travisheermann.com.