Featured Friday! Roy Huff
Editor: We’re delighted to welcome Roy back for his second Featured Friday interview. You can read his first interview from back in 2016 here.
Roy Huff is a Hawaii-based best-selling author, peer-reviewed research scientist, and teacher. After overcoming significant childhood poverty in the US mainland, he moved to the islands and hasn’t looked back. Despite his challenges, which include a family stricken by mental illness and the loss of a father to HIV/AIDS, he’s earned five degrees, trained on geostationary satellites for NASA’s GOES-R Proving Ground, and has written numerous bestsellers. Roy embraces optimism, science, and creativity and hopes you’ll come along for the amazing ride.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I like creating. I love the thought of leaving something behind once I’m gone. Our lives are tiny compared to vast universe and time, and the thought that something we’ve done could touch others and leave an impression is what writing is all about.
What made you start writing?
I was working on a degree and had to write a creative writing paper for an assignment. The professor asked us to share our work, and one of the people commented they wanted to read a whole book about Everville. That became the first book I ever wrote.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
There is no one particular author. Like life, they all provide inspiration, but I read speculative fiction more than anything along with self-help, so those influence me the most.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Give yourself permission to write badly.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
It’s a tie between time travel and space opera. I write in the genre.
Which book do you consider a must-read?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
The Neverending Story
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Is there any conflict between what you want to write and what you think your readers will like?
It’s funny that you use the word conflict, because that’s what the reader wants even if they don’t know it. But sometimes it’s fun to go nowhere expect deep in thought and rich in texture and prose. The trick is to find how to use those fun bits in a way that moves the story along and creates enough tension to keep the reader interested.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
I read every single review. I’m thrilled when I get a great one and disappointed when I get a negative one. I learn what I can from constructive feedback, and do my best to ignore what’s vague or unhelpful. I’ve developed a thick skin over the years, which is necessary as an artist, so you can’t let it get you down regardless of how your work is received. You can’t please all people all the time, so I just keep writing and improving my craft.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
My life is a crazy yet hopeful drama.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
I’m currently working on the second book in the Seven Rules of Time Travel series. I’ve received so much great feedback from readers, and I love time travel, so I’m excited about delving deeper in the realm of what could be. In times like these, a fun time travel escape can be therapeutic. But it’s also just good old fashioned fun.
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle