Featured Interview With Khaled Talib
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’ve authored three thriller novels since 2014. I’ve also published a collection of aphorisms to inspire writers, which began as a bunch of tweets.
I was born and raised in Singapore. I’ve lived overseas, having spent some years in the Middle East. But I’m now back in Singapore.
I don’t have a pet anymore. I’ve saved a few lost cats and returned them to their owners. Once, I rescued a bird after it was poisoned. Happy to learn it survived.
Recently, a horse bit me in the arm. First time in my life that happened. It took six months for the bruise to recover. Moral of the story: never take a selfie with a moody horse.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I must have been around seven. I was never fond of school books, including the ones we were told to read. But when my mom got me a book by the English author, Enid Blyton, I found myself wanting to read more.
I’ve dabbled in writing for a long time. I never got bored of writing school essays. I tried once writing a mystery novel when I was 15 but I didn’t complete it. I tried again and again but I kept failing. But all that time I never gave up. I just took a break and when I was fully energized I set back to work, and I did it. My first novel was published in 2014 after it was acquired by a publisher.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read everything and anything. If the book sounds appealing, I’ll give it a try. It doesn’t matter what genre as long as the book doesn’t bore me. Many authors inspire me from Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde to Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ludlum. I take lessons from everyone.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Gun Kiss is a story about Blake Deco, a former Delta Force soldier who runs a taco restaurant in Sunset Boulevard. Blake also does some freelance work for Homeland Security recovering stolen items.
Upon his return after successfully recovering the stolen Deringer that shot Abraham Lincoln from the Russians, he learns from a friend that an A-list movie star has been kidnapped by a drug lord in Tijuana.
Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for the actress—or that a killer is hunting them.
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