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Friday, July 29, 2011

Unorthodox Interview with Author SB Knight


Not your average interview! SB Knight, the sweetheart you see in the picture to the left, has offered himself up as the sacrificial lamb/lab rat for my own little interrogation process. Not long ago, I was asked to interview an author and thought to myself huh, this could be fun. So I fretted away to find questions that not all people would think to ask. Something zany, something different, something slightly out-of-the-ordinary. Below you will find such questions, though some are typical and mundane (hey, there are things we need to know from successful authors, and things we just wanna know about people in general but never thought to ask) and some that are fairly far-fetched but reach into the recesses of ones soul(or that's the idea anyway).

Without further ado, I present to you a somewhat unorthodox interview with the very good sport, SB Knight!!! (applause, applause, applause)

First let's start with the basics. Who IS SB Knight?

SB Knight has seen his poetry and short stories published in both books and magazines. Now, with the publishing of his first novel, Born of Blood, he has achieved a goal and dream set many years ago. Currently he is working on the sequel to Born of Blood which will be the second novel for the Blood Chronicles series.

SB Knight is the creator of ‘The New Author;’ a blog that started as a learning tool but has since grown into a community of friends and peers. He is also co-owner of Premium Promotional Services where authors can find the help they need to promote their book(s) on the Internet.

More about the book/s later - let's get into the Q&A portion of our program, shall we?

#1 – Do you have a routine when writing, if so, what is it?

I’m not sure you could call it a routine but I do most of my writing from 9 p.m. to 12 or 1 a.m.... I seem to focus better on the story during that time. I’ve tried writing earlier with some success but nothing that compares to that time frame. I’ve actually started my computer and opened my manuscript at 8:50 only to wait until 9:00 to start writing.

#2 –What possessed you to start writing?

Ha! Possessed is a good word to use. I like to think that my muse (inner writer) has always been locked inside but I’m not sure. I never thought of being a writer until my late 20’s. It took some difficult situations in my life to finally break my muse free and start to write. I started writing small things like poetry and journal entries; soon it morphed into short stories and novels.

#3 – What is your favorite quote?

There are a number of them. I find quotes that I enjoy almost everyday. However there is one that caught my eye. I believe it says everything that need be said.

“I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.” – Lou Holtz

#4– How long did it take you to write your first novel?

Well that depends. Are you talking about my very first novel or my very first published novel? It took me a year to write my very first novel which will never see the light of day. My first published novel took about eight months to finish. I learned a lot while writing the unpublished novel. The lessons I learned saved me time and energy while I worked on my published novel.

#5 – What books have influenced your life the most?

My life, in general, has been and continues to be influenced by one book – the Bible. Now when it comes to writing I would say books such as The Wheel of Time series by the late Robert Jordan and The Lord of the Ring series by J.R.R.Tolkien have influenced me the most.

#6 – Do you have any writing quirks? (like having to walk around your desk 3 times before
sitting down)


My only writing quirk would probably be the 9:00P.M. thing I mentioned in question #1.

#7 – If you could spend an afternoon with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

It would be my dad. He went to Heaven three years ago. To talk to him and get more advice would be amazing.

#8– What do you like most about your book?

I like that it holds true to some of the old myths and lore of vampires (namely Dracula) yet adds some fresh new twists and ideas to it. I also really like some of the reactions I’ve been able to get from a select few people I ask to read it and provide feedback.

#9 – If you didn’t write, what would you want to be doing with your life?

Along with being an author I am also an engineer and business owner; to add to that I am a husband and a dad. I have to be honest; it is hard to imagine my life without writing. However, if I didn’t write I would be a chef. I love to cook. Ha, that might surprise a few people.

#10 – If Dante’s Inferno were real, what level of hell would you be stuck in if you were sent there and why?

Well, if the test is of any measure I would be in purgatory. I will be the first to confess that I am a sinner but I work every day to be otherwise. Why would I be in purgatory? Let’s just say the skeletons in my closet are not gone completely.




#11 – If Heaven is a real place, and you were sent there with the opportunity to ask God one question, what would it be?

I can assure you I will approach humbly as I ask – May I sit by you and listen?

#12 – If Heaven is a real place, and you were sent there with the opportunity to tell God one thing, what would it be?

When I get to Heaven I will kneel and say – thank you for your love, mercy, patience and salvation.

#13 – What would be the one piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?

THINK! Many will tell you to write, write and then write some more. That is true and good advice but I recommend you take it one step further. Think about your story as much as you possibly can. Turn it over in your mind; look at it from all angles. Ask those ‘what if’ questions. Don’t be afraid to allow your story to show you new directions. If what you find works and adds to your story great; if it doesn’t then discard it and move on. The important thing is that you thought through as many aspects of your story as possible. It is better to ask ‘what if’ while you are writing instead of after you submit it.

#14 – If there was a major motion picture made of your life, who would play you?

My wife asked me this very question not long ago and the debate continues. To tell you the truth I’m not really sure who would play me. You see, they would need to have or mimic a really good southern accent to begin with and not many have that quality. Okay, I just asked my wife again and she said Matt Damon so I will go with that.

#15 – Is there a question that people never ask you that you’d like to answer? If so, what is it?

This is a hard one. I get presented with different questions often but I don’t ever recall thinking ‘I wish someone would ask about this or that. I’m pretty open so I will answer just about anything. I mean I just finished answering some really unique and interesting questions in this interview.

That concludes our question and answer period!

Thanks for the awesome answers SB, though I would love to learn a little more about those skeletons, and the difficulties that brought about your "possession" to write. I think we got personal enough for one sitting though... for now...


Here's a little info about SB Knight's novel: In, BORN OF BLOOD, Jesse Banks, unknowingly, steps in the middle of a battle between good and evil that has raged on for decades. As the danger escalates she begins to put the pieces of her clouded past together.
Jesse discovers the truth about her real ancestors and the horror that relentlessly pursued them;a horror that now pursues her. For her to survive she must join the fight. But the immortal monster that stalks her has other, more sinister, plans and will stop at nothing to see those plans accomplished. Can Jesse escape a fate worse than death and defeat an age old evil?

Born of Blood is set to release in March of 2012.

Finally, last but not least. If you are interested in contacting SB Knight, or adding him to your social network (and really, why wouldn't you want to? Southern Gentlemen like him don't grow on trees ya know!) his contact info is below.

You can find SB Knight at:
Website: http://www.sb-knight.com/
Blog: http://the-new-author.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @thenewauthor
Google+: +Brian (Brian Knight)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FansofSBK (I would really like more Likes, thanks)

So be a sweetie and send him a tweetie! Be a sage, and Like his facebook page!

Want to have an unorthodox interview with yours truly? Just drop me a line or leave a comment with the request below. Stay tuned for more zany author interviews!

12 comments:

  1. Great interview, Brian. I especially liked your answers to #11 & 12, but it's interesting to know if you didn't write, you'd like to be a chef.

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  2. Roseanne - Thank you. I had to think long and hard on #11. Oh yes, cooking is another passion of mine.

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  3. HI! Waving from Missouri. Fun interview and great answers to the questions. I'll want to read your novel for sure. Best,
    Pat Dale

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  4. Love this interview! So open to my favorite Book as well...The Bible. What I love most about that Book is the living answers I receive if I don't understand something. Call Him a Tutor, a Self-help Guide or Study Sheet, I know Him best as the Holy Spirit.

    Typically I steer away from books of good and evil. Most elevate our race to one better deserving than what we've proven without help from above. You, on the other hand Sir Knight exudes a trust that wouldn't violate what I believe. Of course I know most books are just fantasy but for those who have already passed through this world, was it reality or fantasy? Are they now finally living the reality we've chosen to turn a blind eye to here?

    I look forward to reading this book from one of my favorite people. Can't wait.

    As for what question to ask God when I get to Heaven? I've sought those answers from Him here and found peace in His answers with the exception of maybe one. How can He still love us after the way we've hurt Him and each other? That's the biggest mystery of all.

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  5. Pat - Thank you! I know it is still a long way off but I truly hope you enjoy my book when it comes out.

    Karen - You know, there will be some people who will ask "how can you be a Christian and write something like this?" The reason they will ask is because the bad and evil in my novel is really evil (which is to be expected in a Dark Fantasy novel); however, the good that shines through has a source and I don't think it will be hard for readers to determine who that source is. Just like the world we live in the characters are surrounded by darkness throughout the novel but when times are darkest the flame from a single candle can burn brightest.

    As I said to Pat, I truly hope you enjoy the book when it comes out.

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  6. Yes...you know how much I love C.S. Lewis and if you've read The Screwtape Letters, I'm sure many would find it difficult as well. I found it endeared me more to Mr. Lewis. It certainly delves into good vs. bad as does his other works although he did not want his books made into movies from what I read.

    You know Bri, my book doesn't close doors on sex scenes so there will be those who refuse to read it. I'm working on a dark anthology as well which will receive that response.

    I'm sure I'll be just fine reading yours as your heart is good from what I've gathered.

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  7. great questions - it was a fab way to get to know the author a bit more and opened my mind up to how i would answer some of those non-writer questions!
    xo

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  8. First let me start by saying, isn't SB the greatest? What a sweetheart!

    @Roseanne And he cooks too!

    @Pat I think they'll be a line up for his book, n'est pas?

    @Karen I'm really looking forward to SB's book launch as well, it sucks we have to wait so long for it. Glad you enjoyed the interview

    @Cheryl - Thanks darlin'

    @Lisa - I'm curious to know how you would answer those questions too

    @^_^ Thank you! Love your site!

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  9. Nina - Thank you for this fun experience. I had a great time answering your questions.

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  10. Brian I must have missed this link first time around, I'm glad I saw it. Great interview and great sounding book. I'm also very fond of the eternal conflict -- because there is great good and great evil in the universe. I think folks forget there's "great" evil out there, hot just the garden variety petty evil, how powerful it is, and they forget how powerful the great good is as well.

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