What is your writing process?
Every morning before work, I read a page or two of whatever book I’m reading and I write for about a half an hour. I don’t really think about what I’m writing, I just write. The editing is where I do all the molding.
Who or what influences your writing?
Nothing really influences me to write. It’s the only thing I’m actually kind of good at, so I do it because it works for me.
What do you consider your best accomplishment?
Completing my novel, The Darkness of the Womb, which you can find here: http://thedarknessofthewomb.com/ is my biggest accomplishment. It took me about four or five years just to figure out the story, but when I did, it all gelled together. It’s the most personal thing I’ve ever done and I’m really proud of it.
How have personal experiences influenced your writing?
My life is always in my books and work. Whether it’s my characters, my beliefs, my interests, or whatever, I’m all over my stories. If you want to know me, read my stuff.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Um…I don’t know the answer to that, really. I don’t really think of myself as an author. Writing is just a part of who I am. I don’t pride myself on doing it. I just do it.
Which authors inspire you?
Kurt Vonnegut inspired me because I couldn’t believe that he could write such crazy, audacious stuff and people still loved him for it. That made me really reconsider my voice as a writer. I didn’t try to be anybody else anymore after reading Slaughterhouse 5 and The Sirens of Titan. I knew that my own voice and ideas were unique enough to be what they were, so that impacted me in a major way. Kurt Vonnegut was/is my hero.
What is your favorite genre to read? Write?
I really like light sci-fi (Think Asimov and Philip K. Dick), and magical realism (Think The Dark Tower series). Those are my two favorite genres.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Being consistent. Getting up every morning and writing isn’t always something I want to do, but I know I have to. It’s a given.
What is your favorite quote?
“When you plan your work and work your plan, you’ll find God in man.” It’s from this old rap song by this rapper named La the Darkman that nobody’s ever heard of before. I don’t remember anything about that album, but I remember that line. It really registered with me. You are a god in a way when it comes to creating your characters and worlds.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Get serious earlier. I feel like I’d be a best-selling author by now if I had gotten serious at 17 rather than 24.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading! I love you all.
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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