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A stint in the Special Forces cut short by a jump training mission accident that claimed the lives of his brother and several members of his unit. After discovering creative writing in college, joined the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Introduced to Latin American fiction, developed a new genre of fiction called Mystic Realism. Unable to interest major publishers, eked out a living playing on the tennis tour, becoming a club pro and later a college instructor. Now living in Ohio, working on my fiction, recently completing three screenplays, including an adaptation of The Prodigy. The Prodigy reached the quarterfinals of the Page International Screenwriting Contest in 2005. The hardcover, promoted by Tennis Week, sold out in first edition and published in paperback twelve years later. Has finished in the quarterfinals of Francis Ford Coppola's screenwriting contest at American Zoetrope twice, in 2008 and 2010.

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It was dark. He was unable to comprehend where he was, only that it was another hotel room. It made him feel cold. He hated cold. Sleep was useless. His body couldn't get enough rest and his mind wouldn't stop dreaming. Over and over he dreamed ironic dreams. He kept thinking he shouldn't think about the dreams so much, but he never stopped. Mornings wouldn't come quickly enough, and he awakened often, staring at the ceiling for endless hours it seemed. Time toyed with him. Time was only supposed to matter when he picked up the racket again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419654608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419654602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,042,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Because of a jump training mission mishap that claimed the lives of his brother and several members of his Special Forces Reserve unit, Mr. Kremer was given a sole-surviving son discharge. Feeling compelled to find a purpose he began to write short fiction in college. After walking away from a corporate job, he joined the Peace Corps where he was introduced to Latin American writing in Costa Rica, procuring the well-known New York agent, Bertha Klausner. She remained his agent until her death in 1997. He developed a new form of writing he called Mystic Realism (published short stories 2011). Still dealing with posttraumatic stress from the military, he trained hard physically to relieve the symptoms, playing qualifiers and satellites on the tennis tour in California, Hawaii, Florida, and Europe. Afterwards, he became a United States Professional Tennis Association certified instructor, publishing his first novel The Prodigy (1996). He completed two screenplay adaptations of The Prodigy, making it to the quarterfinal of the Page International screen writing contest (2005). He completed a third screenplay called The Counterpart, which reached the quarterfinal of Page International and Francis Ford Coppolla's screen writing contest (2008). His fourth screenplay called Death Ground, reached the quarterfinal of the Francis Ford Coppolla's contest again (2010). Mr. Kremer completed his second novel released in paperback, The Counterpart (2013).


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By Penelope Kahler Swan on September 14, 2014
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Richard Kremer's style of writing is so believable I did not feel I was reading a work of fiction but was in the middle of an experience that was happening; I was part at of it. I know nothing of the world of tennis but found myself immersed in it, believing I was in that world, living that life. His characters are so real I feel I have not just met them but interacted with them. A good read, Richard Kremer. I look forward to the next one.
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