Friday, 11 November 2011
The One-Link Lowdown on...SB Knight!
Today I've got the lowdown on writer SB Knight. His poetry and short stories have been published books and magazines, but his debut novel, the dark fantasy Born of Blood will be published by MuseItUp Publications in March 2012.
Currently working on the sequel for his novel, the first in the Blood Chronicles series, Brian is also the man behind the blog The New Author, which serves not just as a learning tool for writers, but also a community of friends and peers.
Brian, you're very welcome to Home Is Where The Heart Is - now it's time to get The Lowdown on you!
If you could retrieve one thing from your childhood, what would it be?
There are so many things to choose from. It could be the youthful energy, sense of discovery, the explosion of a new found imagination. The list goes on and on as whereas I still hold on to many of the above attributes I must admit that they have waned as I grow older. If I had to pick just one I would go with the youthful energy.
Tell us three surprising things about yourself, one of which is a fib - and we'll try to guess the fib!
Three surprising things about me:
1. my parents were told by the doctor that they would never have any more children after my oldest brother was born. Five years later, my middle brother and I were born.
2. I took a road trip from Virginia to Alaska and camped in a trailer for 4 months.
3. While surfing I swam with giant sea turtles off the coast of North Carolina.
What would be your perfect day?
It would start with the rays of the sun shining through the window. I wake to the sound of seagulls and the scent of freshly brewed coffee in the air. After a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast I would sit on the porch swing of a little cottage located at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There I would watch the slight ripples travel over the water as the salt tinged breeze blows over my skin. My family and I would pack a picnic lunch in the truck and travel to the beach. The surf washing over my feet as we look for shells and fish. I would be reading a book more than my fishing pole but then again, my boy would let me know if anything happened.
At the end of the day I would start a fire in the grill; surf and turf with all the trimmings. After dinner while my son still plays, my wife and I would get a glass of wine, sit on the porch and watch the orange and red colors of the sun extend over the evening sky and reflect off the water as it travels behind the horizon.
What’s on your bedside table/nightstand?
That would be the most annoying thing ever created – the alarm clock. Next to my clock is the single most important book I own – my Bible.
What your favourite sandwich, and where in the world is the best place to eat it?
That would be smoked pork, seasoned and spicy BarBQ with cole slaw on a toasted bun. That is a great sandwich. The best place to eat it is in a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant where you can talk to the owner. It is hard to beat that. Oh yea, you need to wash it down with either sweet tea or an ice cold Coke.
Oh, yeah - sounds like my idea of a great sandwich in a great location too! While we're on the subject of food, let me ask you this - who would you invite to your ultimate fantasy dinner party?
My family would be at the top of the list. Next would be everyone from MuseItUp Publishing but after that would be my favourite authors and artists. Authors would include Stephen King, Raymond Feist, and J.K. Rowling.
What’s your favourite fruit, and what's the best way to eat it?
I love fruit. Peaches, plums, grapes, oranges, the list goes on and on. I really enjoy peaches though. The best way to eat a peach is outside on a warm day so when you bite it the juice explodes from it and runs down your arm. The second best way is grilled and served over French Vanilla ice cream.
What drives you seriously nuts?
There are two things really. One would be the lack of common sense that we seem to see on a daily basis. The second would be individuals who completely avoid taking responsibility for their actions. If you think about it, these two combined played a large role in the economic mess we find ourselves in.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
This is a long list because I love to travel. I would go to England. From there I would have the means to travel to France, and Ireland.
You're given a time travel machine - where would you go, and why?
I would go back to the year 1992, to my home town. I would find the teenage me and smack him upside the head because the younger me is, most likely, getting ready to do something stupid that will impact my life for a long time.
Ah....your perfect day sounds a lot like mine, Brian. Blissful. And I wouldn't mind being a guest at that dinner party, think you could squeeze me in on the corner of the table? ;-) It's been a joy and a pleasure to have you as my guest today. Thanks so much for coming along!
By the way, friends, Brian's fib was #3 - his dad swam with the sea turtles, not Brian himself. You can find out much more about SB Knight, his writing and his future projects here at his website, where you'll also find the links to The New Author writers' blog.
Good luck with Born of Blood and the whole Blood Chronicles series, sir - and here's to your launch date next March!