Author Interview: Khaled Talib

1. Have you ever traveled as research for your book?

I visited New York City in June as part of my research for a new thriller I’m working on, which will be set in the city. It was an inspiring trip. Initially, I was intimidated riding the subway, especially with all the unpleasant news that have popped up. But then, I realized these are isolated cases.  

2. How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

I’ll buy myself a gift. It can be anything from going on a shopping spree to traveling. Why not? Live a little.

3. If you could be a character in one of your favorite books, who would you be?

I think I’ll be Blake Deco from my thriller, Gun Kiss. He lives in Los Angeles and operates his business along Sunset Boulevard in a secret basement office. Also, he’s got a nice Corvette. He’s an action man, a Hollywood screenwriter, and he also runs a taco restaurant.

4. If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

Is that the shirt I bought you last Christmas? And you, remember when you lost your watch? Well, I found it.

5. If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

Far Out is a standalone sequel to Gun Kiss. It features the same protagonist, Blake Deco, and his Hollywood actor wife, Goldie St. Helen. Running Wild Press in California will release the novel. Presently, it’s in the good hands of the in-house editor. I can’t wait to look at the cover and share it with everyone.

6. What are common traps for new authors?

They harp on their first book instead of moving on. Keep going, write more.

7. What books do you enjoy reading?

I read books in any genre. I like exploring and learning new things and words. You know, reading all kinds of books increases your knowledge of things. It could be a horror, a cozy murder, science-fiction, or a romance novel. My mind absorbs anything and everything.

8. What do the words “writer’s block” mean to you?

It means you need to step back and rest; it’ll come to you eventually.  Don’t get frustrated. Stay calm.

9. What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?

I’m presently writing a story that features a female protagonist.  It’s inspired by a person I met in New York. I’m trying to get into her head and look at the world from her perspective. So far, I think I’m managing it well. You know, the secret to dealing with people is to listen to them. You understand people better if you listen; they’ll tell you who they are.

10. Would you and your main character get along?

Yes, but I’ll have to take the backseat. Hey, they are action-people! I can’t run as fast as them or shoot straight.  

Khaled Talib

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