Name: SB Knight
Where are you from: West Virginia USA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect:
I attended college for drafting and design. I’m a project engineer for a Civil Engineering Company. Finally I’m married with two children and one cat.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My new novel, Drago’s Revenge, will be released October 31. The paperback edition of Born of Blood, my debut novel, will be released between November and December. Finally, my third novel will be released in March 2013.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing about 6 years ago as a release from a dark situation in my life. Soon my writing became an extension of who I am and now I can’t imagine not writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a poet when my first poem was published. I considered myself a writer when I finished writing my first novel and I considered myself an author when I signed my first contract with a publisher.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m a fan of vampires and creatures of the night first and foremost. I also saw it as a challenge to write a unique and genuine vampire novel. I have since developed stories for werewolves, witches, demons, and other things.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I find that I don’t dwell on giving to much detail. I give enough for the reader to see the scene and what is happening but I don’t tell them every single thing. I also like an upbeat pace with periods for the reader to relax a moment before taking off again. Oh and you never know what character will make it through one of my novels. So far, surviving is a happy ending.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title for Born of Blood was easy. It popped in my mind with little thought. I always knew that was going to be the title; it just fit with the story so well. Drago’s Revenge was a little tougher. I wanted it to stand on it’s on but also tie in with the first novel.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to
Interesting question. I would hope that they see no matter how dark things get there is always hope…even if that hope is merely to survive. More importantly, I want them to see that vampires can be brutal, cunning, and everything we remember them to be and still have new and unique stories to share.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The origin of the vampire is realistic to a degree because it is based on a person and an event that took place in history. The methods of torture and killing is realistic as I researched many of those aspects. Some of the scenes are realistic but in the end, it is a work of fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say the characters have a little of my personality in each of them. Some of the characters were inspired by events and people but mostly they come from my imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Bible, The Lord of the Ring Trilogy, The Wheel of Time, and The Shannara Series to name a few.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Overall writing would be Stephen King. When it comes to making it as an author in the current market I would go with Vincent Zandri. He has been successful in both the traditional and independent publishing world.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
LOL, Drago’s Revenge…I’m also reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Victoria Ley, Armand Rosamilia, and Dan O’Brien to name a few.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Currently I am writing the third book of The Blood Chronicles. Born of Blood is book I and Drago’s Revenge is book II.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I do, once I get a few more novels under my belt.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
This is another interesting question as I am writing one novel and reviewing the galley for the other novel. Which means I have the opportunity to make changes.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Absolutely, the fire ignited when I read Tolkien and burned hotter as I read Brooks and the late Jordan. At the time I was writing in a journal and penning poetry. From there it was a straight line to writing a novel…after I learn the ropes about writing a novel.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, here is the book blurb – The birth of a child is a time for joy and celebration. For Sam and Reba, it is a time for concern and worry. Concern for what could be and worry for what lurks in the shadows. They both know Reba’s baby, Christian, is special. But Drago waits in the darkness, and he, also, knows how special the child is. He knows what the child’s birth means. Now Drago stalks them, waiting for his moment to strike and claim Christian for his own evil purposes. As he unleashes his sinister plan, Sam and Reba fight to survive and keep their newborn out of his clutches. Chased by a group of would-be vampires manipulated by Drago, Sam and Reba are forced to abandon their home and find sanctuary in once forgotten locations. But they are not alone in this fight as family and friends arrive. Will it be enough? Life will be lost, blood will be spilled, painful memories, and emotions will torment minds…all part of Drago’s revenge.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
For me to write or for the reader? I’m still developing my craft so I challenge myself with a different aspect of writing a novel with each new work. As for the readers, I give them plenty of twist and turns throughout the novel. As soon as you think you know what’s going on….things change.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I really don’t have one. There are so many great authors out there writing great books. It’s impossible to pick just one.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not yet but next year I plan to participate in a few cons and schedule a few book signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher, MuseItUp Publishing, provides their authors with a cover artist. Mike Zambrano is the cover artist for both Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The romance and sex scenes in Born of Blood was the hardest to write. Making sure I tied up loose ends and continue the story smoothly to the third book was the hardest part of Drago’s Revenge.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn a great deal with each novel I write. I learn about my voice and I identify the weak areas of my writing which I attempt to work on. I also discovered that I like a fast pace with my stories which, at times, I have to remind myself to slow it down at times.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing, don’t stop, if you want it…go after it. Remember, rejection is part of the game but in the end all you need is one yes.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you for taking the chance on me. I will continue to improve my craft and deliver high quality novels for your enjoyment.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
I’m not sure, at this point in time I can’t imagine not writing.
Fiona: Do you have a website/blog if so what is it?