A hard-working American, Temujin Hu lives his life a bit like a nomad. During his 36 years on earth, Mr. Hu has moved about 36 times. He has lived in California, Texas, Colorado, and five other states, as well as Germany, China, and Kuwait.
In 2003, Temujin Hu graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures. During the ’90s, he served over four years in the U.S. Navy and recently spent more than six years doing professional security in Los Angeles, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mr. Hu also ran a small family-owned internet business for a couple years.
Temujin Hu is a Christian who spends a lot of his time in the Word. His interests include: mixed martial arts, international relations, and dogs. In addition, he enjoys such hobbies as hiking and shooting guns, but mostly he loves being an American and wants everyone to believe they can climb mountains.
Temujin Hu’s latest book is the inspirational crime fiction The Rage.
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If you had to describe your book in two sentences, what would they be?
Harsh times drive two men to drugs, crime, and even murder as they give in to bitterness and revenge. While Roland builds his gang, Nicolas hunts him down, but their redemption will turn out to be vastly different than what they pursue.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?
When Roland’s guardian angel with the childlike face tells him, “You have never been alone.”
What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?
I want to clearly express a theme through storytelling, so every page has to push toward that goal through action. To keep the reader hooked, force the characters into unexpected directions often. Create real characters with problems that readers will identify and sympathize with, like depression and loss. Write the story I want to tell, not the story I think people want to read. Finish the story with a sacrifice, but also with hope.
Why should readers pick up your book?
It does more than entertain, it inspires. Readers will be drawn to the characters all the way until the end, hoping they change their lives even while they’re slipping further into dark behavior.
What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?
Though I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for over 10 years, last February my circumstances changed. I was going through a divorce while doing security work in Iraq when I decided to use this period of freedom to take the biggest risk of my life. This was an ideal opportunity to forsake all good sense and selfishly pursue my dreams without harming anyone but myself. Unless all the friends I mooched off of feel harmed. I have an amazingly supportive base of family and friends.
What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?
I’ll read anything that is well-written. I’m currently trying to catch up on classics I missed growing up, including Steinbeck and Hemingway. I enjoy writing fantasy the most; it provides the greatest freedom to create with the fewest interfering stereotypes and preconceptions. The Rage was too personal to write as fantasy, though I did have sci-fi and fantasy outlines for the story.
What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?
I don’t need five things. My wallet, laptop, and a good pair of shoes will suffice. I’ve traveled quite a bit and find the more stuff I bring, the less I use. If you can adapt to foreign cultures (and that sometimes means 100 miles away in the same state, or the different socio-economic group across town), then you can find what you need anywhere, or make do with what you find.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Since I was a kid I’ve wanted to transform into animals. I love animals and would enjoy running with wolves or flying with eagles or even digging with moles. This would provide an experience of seeing the world from a whole new perspective, and being able to watch without being seen. It is also alluring to me to live out in nature; I used to dream of being Tarzan.
What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?
I want to leave people inspired and believing they can do more than they realized. When I see people, I see opportunity to achieve dreams. I truly believe in what others can do, probably more than they do themselves. I don’t really need people to feel like I encouraged them, either; I just want to see people climb those mountains they only ascended in their fantasies.