SB Knight is the creator of ‘The New Author;’ a blog that starter 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 on the Internet.
Hello, SB, why don’t you tell your readers something interesting about yourself AND/OR your favorite character.
You know, I could say I have six toes on my right foot but I’m not sure that would be interesting. Yes, I’m just kidding. Something interesting about me…I truly enjoy spicy food. I grow my own peppers and hope to make my own hot sauce one day.
It is hard to pick just one character in a debut novel. I’m connected to all of them in one way or another. I will say the character that intrigued me the most was Reba. Why is that? Reba is a product of the story. I had an idea and picture of all the other characters and what role they would play but Reba developed out of a simple scene. She then grew into a main character but what really interested me was the role she would play and the impact she would have on the story because there wasn’t a plan or idea for her.
Sounds like Reba had a plan for you! Ha. What was your favorite book as a teen? Tell us about it and how it affected you as a person.
Believe it or not I did not read a great deal of novels during my teenage years. I focused more on comic books unless you want to count the reading assignments from school. I have to be honest I actually enjoyed Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. Edgar Allen Poe captured my attention as well. How they affected me as a person is a little harder to pinpoint. The comics speak for themselves…I mean you have good and evil fighting it out. Shakespeare and Poe showed me the power of words. They demonstrated their ability to form pictures in the readers mind like a movie.
Reading truly captured me in my late twenties. I read The Fellowship of the Ring and my love for fantasy novels began. Soon I was reading more and more from that genre. Now I read anything that lands in my hands but fantasy remains my favorite.
Interesting. From comic books to Shakespeare. Tell us about the genre you have chosen to write for. Why do write specifically for them?
I would say that the genre chose me. When I began writing I had no intention of writing dark fantasy novels. That genre did not appeal to me at the time. I was more leaning toward action/adventure. It is strange really because as I was brainstorming a story idea another story sprang to life and pushed the original out of the way. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of monsters and things like that but didn’t plan to write about them. I guess you could say that the monsters, ghouls and things that go bump in the night had other plans and here I am writing dark fantasy.
I’m a lover of ghosts and monsters and things that go bump in the night. My muse is drooling as she listens to you talk of your story. Tell us about your new book. How did it come about and share your favorite excerpt/scene.
My new book just happens to be my debut novel. Born of Blood came about as I tried to answer the question ‘what if’. What if a historical event influenced the history of the apex monster? What if the myth and lore surrounding that apex monster, the embodiment of our fears, only told half the story? What if there was a darker; more tragic side to this age old evil? A trilogy was born from the answers to those questions. Born of Blood is book one of the Blood Chronicles.
There are many scenes which make it difficult to pick one but I do have one in mind. The scene with Drake, Walt and Charles in the basement of Drake’s house was a fun one to write. It displays multiple sides of Drake’s personality. We see his charming, friendly side but at the same time we see his dark, evil, twisted side. It is a compelling scene.
‘What if…’ That’s how my book Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island was formed as well. A monster from Native American folklore born to revenge a hateful crime from true events following the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Love monsters, redefined. Now, my muse is marking your book a MUST be read!
How has writing affected your life? And what’s your favorite part of being a writer?
Writing has allowed a number of doors to open. Doors I didn’t even know existed. From writing I have met new peers and friends; learned a great deal and found another form of creative outlet. To be blessed with the gift and ability to write stories is a great thing.
My favorite part of being a writer is telling the story; seeing it unfold before my eyes. The opportunity to shift gears and allow my imagination to pull me into the story with the characters is a thrill that never ends. Let us not forget the emotion and response we get from those who read our stories. That is something special.
It’s great to be a writer, isn’t it? What advice can you give regarding the writing process?
Allow yourself to write. What I mean by that is don’t think about writing to much while you are writing. Think about your writing while you are doing other things like taking a shower or cutting grass. Writing is an expression of your imagination and should flow from you. This is why writing is a craft, skill and passion; it takes all three to form your idea into a polished story.
I would also offer to you to be patient. When you are done with your story put it away for a few weeks or months before you start editing and polishing it. Your fresh eyes will reward you for it.
Interesting suggestions. Regarding publication and marketing, what advice can you offer aspiring writers?
When it comes to publication authors need to be resilient and patient. After you find a publisher the author needs to be patient and understand the process of publishing. Marketing is an entirely different animal. Authors need to be patient (see the pattern?), driven, passionate, real and honest. Start early and be yourself; never stop marketing and promoting your name. Again, start early and don’t stop even after your book has been released.
How can your fans find, follow or friend you, SB?
Oh I have multiple avenues and ways to find me on the Internet. I hope that you will visit and join me on this journey called writing.
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Thanks for joining us today, SB. It’s been great to get to know you and Born of Blood better! Can’t wait for your debut novel’s book birthday!