December Knight How many hours a day do you write?
December Knight don’t really calculate. Though I attempt to at least spend a concerted five- to seven-hours five times a week. It can fluctuate based on other demands, and often I also casually write on the weekends, but I try to save those days for my family.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have so many. I think half-finished I have about 40 or so. As for unpublished, I have 1 or 2 that are ready or getting ready and just waiting in the wings.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Depends on the book. My most recently published book For All That is In the World took five or six months, not counting editing. My previous works Devil of Gilding and Fallen Angel took around four years together.
December Knight Where did you get the idea for your recent book?
December Knight got my idea For All That Is In The World first from a prayer request I saw on a Christian reading group talking about a baby named Gabriel that was facing a great amount of physical complications and an even more troubling family situation. Unfortunately, I can no longer find that prayer request, but he has never left my heart and inspired the name of the character as well as more externally the struggle of the character. Secondly, I was influenced by the changes in laws and various changes which I felt were damaging and dangerous for children and wanted to present the type of world that could possibly be shaped by them.
How did you develop your plots?
I just let them happen. There are times where I do have extreme direction, however I view writing as a more fluid process. It is as though I am learning along with the characters and experiencing the world as they do.
How do you select the names of your characters?
There are occasions where I have a definitive name come to mind. Other times I spend some time online trying to find unique sounding names that reflected the characters either in meaning or through the way they sound and feel when reading them.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I was always interested in two things law or veterinary medicine. I believe if I wasn’t writing I would have grown a more compelling passion for one or the other.
How did you get inspired to write your recent book?
I listened to music that I felt reflect the feeling of the character and the complexity of their world and desires they had. When writing Gabriel’s story, For All That’s In The World, I found I was compelled to listen to music with a sad sort of hopefulness. That and listening to ambient rainstorms, which sound strange when I say it.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Flavia and the Velveteen Rabbit. Even as a child I felt incredibly touched and that feeling has never left me. I still have that original book my mother read to me from.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
I have read so many books that have made me thing and see the intricacy of fiction. Howl’s Moving Castle taught me to see it with a complex childlike spirit. Watership Down reminded me that simple things can be utilized to tell a compelling story that maybe even the author underestimates. Great Expectations demonstrated that realities can also shape and teach you. I suppose most older books I read teach me and feed my love of reading and writing. And always there is a desire to refine phraseology after reading beautifully written stories, that is probably the greatest lesson I’ve learned.
What are you currently working on?
I can’t really say much about it at this phase. Though I am a bit embarrassed, though not the first author to say so, that it was inspired by the song What Does the Fox say by Ylvis. I might complement myself however, in saying that I believe my spin will be rather unique and hardly identifiable to its inspirational source.
Do you read your book reviews?
Sometimes. I try not to do it too often; it can bog down and is often a time waster. I spend more time looking at star ratings. It gives me a generic view without it getting to personal.
How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Well of course I enjoy the good reviews and take time to thank God for them, after all the glory goes to Him for giving me successes.
As for the bad reviews, I try to keep them in context and pull from them what I can to get better without allowing them to change my writing voice or tonality. I understand that everyone who is reading the story and chooses to leave a review is coming to it with their own options, presuppositions, and value profiles so I try to weed out things that are personal preference and want.
Though it has not been an easy process, nor will I say I enjoy bad reviews, however criticism cannot be avoided in life.
Unfortunately, I do not have any friends who are authors. However, the friends I do have work within different creative art fields. They are often my reviewers, my prereaders, and my harshest critics. They help me grow just as I seek to help them. And though they are not authors they have challenged me to become a better one.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
First, have fun. Writing is about having fun and enjoying yourself. It is a game you get to play, and others get to read. Don’t take it too seriously and don’t get in your own way.
Secondly, push yourself to build your subscription list and draw people to your website. Find a few social media things that you can do to support your work and build a following that care about it. Don’t be afraid to extend yourself past your comfort zone and stay true to yourself while you do it.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
The best money spent would have to be Grammarly. It is easy while writing to become so overly accustomed to your own writing that you miss many mistakes, even after reviewing it many times. This is also a product that I have seen many professional editors say they use. Often, they will say they reviewed your book and then go over it with Grammarly.
So, in that respect, I would definitely say that was the best many spent. I should also say I am not sponsored, just enjoy the product.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
That I can be a child and enjoy myself as only they can. I can design worlds and imagine people and events. The possibilities are endlessly addictive. I can touch people’s hearts in ways alternatively impossible.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
The current plan for my next release is sometime next year. Hopefully, in good time for summer break when people might be considering adding to their libraries and taking a chance on an author they have never read before.
December Knight preferred method would have to be Goodreads or my website. Those are the two platforms I am on most frequently, coincidentally they are also those I update most regularly.
What do you want to say about our website?
I feel that it provides a platform to authors that the content creators understand is hard to get and that the hosts are trying to provide relevant information to their readers.