Interview with Richard B. Knight

Please welcome author Richard B. Knight! His novel, The Darkness of the Womb, will be sure to catch your interest (and not just because the title is so intriguing). Here’s a little about Richard, his novel, his views on writer’s block, and more! Find more about him on his website and his blog.

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Description: A pregnant mother journeys inside her unborn child’s subconscious to prevent him from miscarrying himself.

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Author’s bio: Richard B. Knight (The “B” stands for Brandon) teaches Language Arts during the day and writes fiction at night. He decided that he wanted to be a novelist back in the fourth grade. It was all quite spontaneous. Back then, his teacher asked all of the students what they wanted to be when they grew up, and while many students chose “doctor”, or “lawyer”, or “astronaut”, Richard, wanting to be funny, chose “drag queen garbage man”. It wasn’t until his peers starting reading off their choices that Richard decided that it would probably behoove him to write down another profession. He has stuck with “novelist” ever since.

Richard has a love of movies, video games, and comic books, and all three influences come through in his writing. He currently lives in Clifton, New Jersey with his lovely wife, Rona.

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Alrighty, now you know a little more about him! Before we begin the interview, please take the time to check out my work (that’s it for the shameless plug). And now, here’s my conversation with Richard:

1.      Who is your favorite author and why? Your favorite work by that author? If you could ask them one question, what would it be?

My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve read every single book and short story by the man. My favorite book of his is The Sirens of Titan, but like everyone else, the first book I read by him was Slaughterhouse Five. While reading it, I just sat there thinking, holy crap, people actually like this book? It’s so weird. I knew from that moment on that I could be as weird as I wanted to be as a writer as long as the writing was good. It was a big moment for me. If I could ask Mr. Vonnegut one question, it would be, “Does Heaven have a ghetto?”

2.      Do you work full-time as an author, or do you wear more than one hat? Tell us about the challenges that accompany your chosen profession(s)?

I teach for a living. I wish I wrote for a living. I tried that once and it ended badly. Apparently, it’s important to have health insurance in your life. But being a teacher has affected me greatly, and a lot of the classroom stuff in my first novel, The Darkness of the Womb, actually happened to me. No joke. Any teacher will tell you. If you think teaching is easy, then why don’t you do it? Most of the time, people can’t. That’s why they quit after two or three years. Pansies.

3.      Walk us through your writing process–if you have one, that is. What works for you?

I just write whatever is on my mind at the time. I like to read at least a full hour before I start writing, and while I read, a part of my brain is thinking about what my next chapter will be about. I don’t plot out anything and I save molding for after I’m done writing. It’s just easier for me that way.

4.      Any writer’s block remedies?

Stop worrying about what you’re going to write. If you have writer’s block, do something else. Go for a walk or something. Walks always help me. I never feel pressure when I write. Not anymore, anyway. Life is too short for writer’s block.

5.      If you could be one character in your book, who would you be and why?

I actually am a character in my book, and he’s kind of the hero of the story (I’m glad I’m not vain or anything). The director, Kevin Smith, put himself in his first movie, Clerks, because he wasn’t sure if it would be his last movie or not. I didn’t think my book would be my last, but you never know. If I happened to somehow die before I finish my next book, I wanted to make sure I’d be remembered as the guy who took down a massive centipede in a desert with a machete and a shotgun. That’s a pretty cool way to go out.

6.      What inspired you to create your antagonist? Can you tell us about him/her?

The antagonist in the book is Lord Imagination, who is a god in the Internal Landscape (Lady Logic is a god, too). I wanted Imagination to be the enemy because the world my story takes place in is the universal mind, and Imagination can be an enemy to so many people, and in so many different ways. To some, Imagination can be extremely generous, and to others, he can be the biggest jerk in the world (Especially to writers who get writer’s block). Like all villains, though, Imagination doesn’t see himself as a villain. He thinks he’s misunderstood and feels he knows what’s best for mankind. Lady Logic disagrees. She’s tired of his bull crap, and in a lot of ways, the story is really the war between Logic and Imagination, and which is more important in life. Both characters forget that they’re equally important to humans. That provides some of the conflict in the story.

7.      Leave aspiring authors with some advice.

Be yourself. Nobody else sees the world the way you see it, so don’t mimic others in any aspect of your life. Write the book that you want to write. Oh, and stay frosty.

8.      What do you want your readers to come away with after reading your book?

I just want the reader to have a good time. If they get anything out of it, jawsome (And yes, that’s awesome with a “J”. That was the catchphrase on the show Street Sharks. I used to love that show), but if they don’t, then I at least want them to have enjoyed themselves. That’s all I could ever ask for.

9.      Any new releases on the way? What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a YA novel about a boy who can control corpses with his mind. He wants to start an undead wrestling league. The story takes place in 1999, and Bill Clinton, Vince McMahon, and the devil himself all make appearances. It’s called A Boy and His Corpse.

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Thank you so much, Richard, for interviewing! If you guys are interested in Richard’s work, please visit his facebook page and twitter to learn more about him.

If you want to take a closer look at his work, visit his Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and his Amazon page!

Interview with Jennifer Snyder

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the very kind Jennifer Snyder, NA/YA author of such works as Catalyst and the Marked Duology series.To learn more about her or how you can preview and purchase her work, visit her website! (Also, if you’re interested, please check out my debut novel, “Core!“).

Here goes my conversation with Jennifer:

1.      Why do you think you became a writer? How did you know?

Writing was just one of those things I’d always had a passion for. When I was little it was silly poems and short stories. As I grew older the stories became longer. I pulled away from it for a few years or so (think teenage years), but then dove right back in head first in my early twenties. At this point in my life, I can’t imagine myself not writing. It’s a part of who I am.

2.      Of all those you’ve created, who is your favorite character, and why? Can you describe that character’s birth story (how you thought them up)?

 This is a tough question! I really have to go with Seth from my debut novel Shattered Soul. He was the very first character to literally enter my mind via a talking voice in my head. Sounds nuts, but oh so true. I was folding laundry one day and this male voice popped in my head. It was a pivotal scene from near the end of the novel. His first word to me was ‘NO!’ and then the scene continued to unfold in my mind. It ended with him saying this to me “The girl I loved was becoming a stranger, and I knew this moment, the moment her soul first began to shatter, would haunt me forever.” From there I just had to know more about him and this girl he was so desperate to hold on to. This girl who was slipping through his fingers.

3.      Have you ever had an “I’m-A-Failure” moment in regards to your writing or your writing career? If yes, how did you cope? If no, how did you manage to stockpile that kind of self-esteem and where can we get some?

 With every novel one (sometimes more than one) occur  I think every author who has those moments are the ones who care most about their stories as well as their readers. As for coping, that’s where family and friends come into play. It also helps to have other author friends who ‘get it’ and can give you that extra pick me up to help dig you out of that funk.

4.      On your blog, you mention that chocolate may be a possible cure for writer’s block. What kind, quantity, and dosage of this antidote do you recommend?

 Ha,ha! Yes, chocolate. Some days it’s a handful those little Dove dark chocolates. Sometimes it’s Halloween chocolates from last year. And others it’s a warm mug of coco. Either way, I’ve come to learn chocolate in any form and any quantity is a necessity while writing.   

5.      In just two years, you’ve released six novels, two novellas, and a short story, quite an impressive feat. Can you offer a bit of advice to hopefuls? 

Thank you! Write what you want to write. I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that if a story isn’t coming…don’t push it. Set it aside and work on something else. Whether you’re just jotting down ideas for another novel or actually writing out scenes, nine times out of ten, the story you were stuck on will begin to flow again. Especially if you add in chocolate. 😉 Also, carve out time to write at least something everyday. Even if it’s only 100 words…at least it was something. 

Thank you for offering to have me on your blog! Best of luck with your novel (and future novels) as well as your author journey!

Thank you, Jennifer, for taking the time to answer my questions!

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