An Interview with Author Walter Rhein (Plus Notes on Two of His Books)

I am always up for a new dystopian read. Walter Rhein writes a compelling and inventive tale that makes use of some clever ideas. It’s a fine example of this genre. Thanks to the author for providing this copy.

While I'm at it, I will also recomment Reckless Traveler by Rhein. An enjoyable and well-described travel adventure. Thanks to the author for providing this copy.

1. What are you reading now?

I just finished 'Our War' by Craig DiLouie. It's an interesting book published by Orbit about a civil war that breaks out when an impeached president refuses to leave office. I've just started 'Hell Gate' by Andrew Weston which is published by Perseid Press and takes place in the 'Heroes in Hell' shared universe. I also just picked up 'Company of the Damned' by RA McCandless, an Angel punk novel and third in a series.

2. What would you like others to know about your work?

I'm always interested in listening to feedback on my work. I've covered a lot of genres. I have two books in a series of dystopian novels, 'The Reader of Acheron' and 'The Literate Thief.' I'm about halfway through writing the third book and it should be available in around a year. My humorous memoir style books are 'Beyond Birkie Fever' which deals with the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, and 'Reckless Traveler' about a decade I spent in Lima, Peru. I also co-wrote a thriller entitled 'Paperclip' which is in the style of Dean Koontz. 

3. What is your next work in progress?

'The Master of Deceit' is about halfway finished and will be the conclusion of my 'Slaves' trilogy. I also have a finished manuscript about taking standardized tests which I'm currently shopping around (I've had some nibbles but no strong bites yet).

4. What inspires you to write?

I just love doing it. It's fun to get up and warm up your fingers on the keyboard. I like interacting with people, promoting new ideas, and deconstructing the various forms of propaganda that are constantly thrown at us. Writing is a form of waking meditation. It is possible to come to a new understanding about life just by writing about it. Sometimes you exercise your demons to the point where they leave you alone.

5. Where can we learn more about your work?

The best place is my web page at You can also follow me on Facebook at or on Twitter at For other questions, just send a good old fashioned email to Thanks for having me!

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