Interview with Reed W. Huston

Who are your favorite authors?
I actually have a host of favorite authors. When I was younger, I actually grew up reading a lot of work by Michael Crichton. Books like Jurassic Park and Disclosure really showed me an author doesn't necessarily have to be confined to the same genre to be interesting. Stephen King is also right up there when it comes to a list of my favorite authors. Pet Sematary, The Shining and Salem's Lot are all intriguing and suspenseful reads. Finally, I also have to mention Clive Cussler, whose adventure stories like Sahara and Treasure of Khan take me on escapist journeys.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through sifting through some of my favorite genres like horror, thrillers and adventures. I don't search for a book with an express interest in reading it; rather I'm quite interested in picking up what appeals to me right off the shelf.
When did you first start writing?
Hard to say, but I think as early as 7 or 8. They mostly were junk stories, often cliched and worked just as a means to entertain friends; but it was through doing this that I discovered my passion.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. But I did use to have a little book I carried around. I used to write stories using my friends as characters and would often do to them what would likely be illegal in real life (hehe). These stories I wrote were often influenced by what i'd watched on TV or in the cinema at the time, so I would imagine one of my first stories would either have to be about Jurassic Park, Jaws, Alien or Predator.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Malaysia. Being a former colony, one of the benefits is the access to English education and literature. I would say this definitely has allowed me to broaden my scopes and limits, as well as garner access to popular works of fiction. This has allowed me to constantly read the authors I like and develop more in the genres I fancy. Being of Malaysian heritage, i also have the unique opportunity of sharing my experiences growing up in Malaysia to a greater audience out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Just really to be able to do what I'm passionate about and get my voice out there. I'm really happy to have these avenues to publish as it would be a shame to not let your voice be heard.
What is your writing process?
I look through my life to get writing prompts. Whether it's an inspiring story on the news or a twist on a classic trope I'd recently read about. I try to put in at least an hour of writing a day (a target I very rarely meet unfortunately). After that it's rounds and rounds of edits. I share the book with my family and friends, getting some feedback and polishing it up as I go along and publish it as an ebook when it's ready.
Describe your desk
Very cluttered unfortunately. I have various interests and they all occupy a portion of my desk. But all in all it's a pretty simple set up with a laptop, a mouse and not much else.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have varied hobbies to keep me busy. Other than reading, I also indulge in video games. Being a fan of storytelling, great RPG games like the Witcher series, Knights of the old Republic and Pillars of Eternity are particularly enticing. I'm a serial consumer of television series (go The Walking Dead!) and movies (Star Wars, the Matrix, the Breakfast name it) and also enjoy catching a game of my favorite footie team on TV (You'll never walk alone Liverpool FC!)
What's the story behind your latest book?
I walked into a bank the other day and observed how everyone was going about their own business, attending to themselves and their errands. I realized if I could follow any one of them for a day, I'd have a very interesting story to tell by the end of it. My latest story is told from my perspective as an engineer. The frustrations one sometimes feels and the actions a less restricted man would feel compelled to follow. I also felt the need to set it in a bank as it was where I'd drawn inspiration from initially.
What are you working on next?
The great benefit of writing short stories to me is the ability to be able to try something different in each tale with not a lot of commitment. I've tried the thriller/fledgling romance genre so I'm actually attempting something that's more along the lines of a horror/suspense. Hope this one works out!
Published 2016-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Shadows And Teeth, Volume 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,690. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017 by Darkwater Syndicate, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
Volume of two this award-winning series emerges from the shadows with a fresh crop of extreme horror. Take care as you reach into these dark places, for the things here bite, and you may withdraw a hand short of a few fingers.
Wish You Were Here
Price: Free! Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When Samantha took the wheel that night, she had no idea her life was about to change forever. Cradling her dying husband in her arms, salvation appears to her in the form of a little girl. Reaching the end of the rope, she has no choice but to accept the girl's offer, a bargain that on the surface, seems to be everything she wanted. But looks can be deceiving.
A Murder of Crows
Price: Free! Words: 6,980. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Fresh after a move, problems with the new neighbors would be the last thing you'd want. Yet, Danny could swear that there was something wrong with the birds here. Something sinister. His cat seemed to sense it too. But Rebecca was certain it was all in Danny's mind. There was something else in Danny's mind too. Something out there was trying to talk to him, to get in his head...
No Time Like the Present
Price: Free! Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Jon thought he was done with Pridemonte. Ready to leave for quieter meadows, he didn't count on someone from his past throwing a spanner in the works. Would staying be a mistake? Or would leaving be a bigger one? Or perhaps it's folly to think about the future as there really is no time like the present.