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Please give a big welcome to BRIAN KNACK.

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rem: Brian is somewhat of a computer genius [compared to yours truly] and he is very knowledgeable about Indie publishing as well, and offers help for authors becoming authorpreneurs. I know, I’ve benefitted from that assistance. He and his wife are personal friends of mine. Please give a big welcome to Brian Knack!

Hi Brian, tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

Brian: I was born and raised in a small Hamlet in upstate NY called White Sulphur Springs. I was raised by my paternal grandparents from 18 months on and grew up on a dairy farm. Yes, I know how and have milked many cows. I’ve also raised chickens, pigs, ducks, rabbits and even an emu. I even had a rather large 50 ft. by 100ft. garden. I am and always shall be a country boy.

My wife and I recently moved into a beautiful house in Simpsonville, SC.
rem: So, it’s safe to say there will likely be a garden on the property next spring. And congratulations on the new house! Tell us three things about yourself.

Brian:

  • I love winter and miss real, knee-deep snow.
  • I’m a very quiet person and a people watcher.
  • Give me the mountains over the beach any day.

 

rem: We’ve two out of three of those in common. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

Brian: The Bible
rem: Always a good read. What is your most treasured possession?

Brian: My father passed away last year and I got his fishing pole. I guess I’d have to say that. Everything else can be replaced.
rem: Sorry to hear about your father. What is your favorite quotation and why?

Brian: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson

It explains exactly how the Church is supposed to be. Sadly, for the most part, we fall far short.
rem: Indeed! “Who are we not to be?” What do you most value in a friend?”

Brian: Above all else brutal honesty and integrity.

 

rem: I agree. Spoken in love of course. What quality do you most admire in a man or woman?

Brian: Sincerity. Just be who you are. Don’t try to impress me by being who you think I want you to be. Just be you.

 

rem: Unless you’re on a stage, be who you were created to be. [assuming you know who you are]

What is your Writing Routine?

Brian: Huh? Rou – who? LOL… I write when I write and when I write, I write. It works for me. I have no set routine. That’s not how I am. I may not write for days and then have a moment of inspiration and write ten or more thousand words in a day.
rem: ROFLOLOLOL I’m rather like that as well. What are your Top Writing Tips?

Brian:

  • There is no such thing as writers block. It’s nothing more than an excuse not to write. Just write even if it’s merely random thoughts… WRITE! Some of my best stuff has come from a slew of weird gibberish.
  • DO NOT OBSSESS OVER OTHER PEOPLES OPINIONS. They are merely their opinions based on their personal preferences. Critics don’t matter and neither do publishers or editors. The only opinions that matter are yours and those of your readers. That’s it.
  • If you want to sell books build real, genuine relationships with your readers. Be you and connect with them as you not so and so the “Published Author”

 

rem: Great tips! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

Brian: Hahaha… Oh my… That’s quite a long story. Let me give you the Cliff’s Notes. I went to school for Aerospace Engineering. Yes I wanted to be an Engineer/Astronaut. Didn’t finish. Came to the knowledge of Jesus as my saviour 2 years later on April 11, 1994. From that day on God had me writing and journaling.

rem: Not terribly unlike my thwarted venture into architecture… What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

Brian: For the fiction, creating the worlds I see in my head. For the non-fiction, using my experience and skills to help others.

 

rem: What is the hardest aspect of being a writer?

Brian: Selling!

 

rem: A-to-the-MEN! What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?

Brian: Hardest – formatting. Easiest – publishing to Amazon.

 

rem: But you’re such a formatting genius… What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?

Brian: For writing see “Top Writing Tips.” For publishing the best advice I can give you is don’t expect to become a best seller overnight. 99% of overnight successes happened over a period of several years. Continue forward and improve your craft during each step. The day will come and BAM!! – You’re an overnight success.

 

rem: BAM! So “overnight success” is a fallacy? Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Brian: I would have to say it’s a tie between Captain Nemo and Anakin Skywalker. Both were drawn to the dark side so to speak and did terrible things trying to make a better world. They got lost in the “end justifies the means trap”.

 

rem: At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?

Brian: I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember. My grandmother always kept me supplied with books and such. Kindergarten… LOL. Seriously though, in High School about 10th grade. I had a great English teacher who challenged us to use a thing called an imagination. Something sorely lacking in public schools and our youth today.

 

rem: I agree! Reading cannot be overemphasized! If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?

Brian: The main character of Destiny and the Legacy series – Kip Hamilton. He’s a man who is brilliant and a dreamer. In a time when space was viewed as merely the area above our heads he took his dreams of walking on the moon and made it come true and created an empire and a legacy.

 

rem: Perhaps there’s a little bit of you in him… Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Brian: God. I get inspired by a book or a TV show or movie or even a news story and then God helps me create an inspired idea.

 

rem: Again, same wavelength, you and I. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

Brian: I recently published I’m Born Again, Now What? Which is guide for new believers to help them down the path of the Christian walk. I also republished my Southern Yankee Cookbook series. Currently I am working on setting up our new house. My wife and I just moved. I’m also working on setting up my author website – BrianKnack.Com – and AuthorpreneurUniversity.Com which is dedicated to helping authors create as much income possible from their books. The official launch will be early next year and include a podcast.

 

rem: I’d love to have you back for the launch of your websites! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

Brian: That there is always hope and that the old cliché is true, love is the most powerful force in all of creation.

 

rem: You also offer stellar author support – I know, I’ve benefited from that support! – tell us about that. What drew you to that facet of writing and what all does it entail?

Brian: Author support – I’m a teacher. That’s how God made me so it’s what I do best. I’ve learned a lot in my 7 years of self-publishing and just like sharing it with others to help them do the best they can. I’ve helped authors from story and book development straight on through to the actual publishing and marketing. I’m looking at boiling it down to a complete consulting package from beginning to end. Just trying to boil down all the details.

rem: I know others will benefit from your expertise! I’ve read your debut novel, Destiny, the first in The Legacy Series. When will series continue? [Waiting with baited breath here! LOL]

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Brian: Last year I started being drawn towards my childhood Sci-Fi shows and started watching them online. While doing so I started reading a few self-published sci-fi books from Amazon and noticed a theme running through them – the bulk of them portray bleak post-apocalyptic and dystopian worlds. I wanted to introduce some sci-fi that showed you a world devastated but full of hope and a future. Destiny was born! As I was writing it the other 4 books were starting to take form creating The Legacy Series.

The rest of this year I plan on revamping Destiny and finishing up at least the next two books in the series – Project Gideon and Tycho City.

 

rem: You also have some non-fiction titles available. Talk about those for a minute.

Brian: In 2008 I started writing short devotionals and sending to a few friends on my e-mail list. Several of those friends suggested I turn them into a book. In 2009 I published Made for W.A.R. 52 Weeks of Wisdom And Revelation with an unscrupulous publisher. It was a seven year contract so they have the writes to it. In 2010 I began blogging and in 2012 God had me self-publish Made for W.A.R. as WAR Devotional and Study Guide with updated content a study guide after each devotion and a new cover and title.

In 2013 I decide to put together a series of cookbooks fusing my Catskill Mountains country cooking with the southern home cooking I had learned in the south. I call it Southern Yankee Cooking and includes volumes for Desserts, Casseroles, Slow Cooker and Barbecue, Appetizers & Beverages, Breads and Soups, and Salads, Sides and Main Dishes.

Last year I published I’m Born Again, Now What? Which is devotional and guide for new believers to help them down the path of the Christian walk.

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https://www.goodreads.com/brianlknack

http://www.authorpreneuruniversity.com/store/products/

 

 

#brianknack, #destiny, #thelegacyseries, #madeforWAR, #southernyankeecooking, #imbornagainnowwhat

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