MM Book Escape had the pleasure of sitting down with Derrick Knight and asking ten questions about life in general, as an author, and from his personal viewpoint, all within the bounds of writing. Here's what we talked about. Check out Derrick's Amazon Author Page and add his titles to your Goodreads TBR list.
My sincere thanks to the author for stopping by and my thanks to the readers. Enjoy the post and be sure to check out Derrick's new release, Truly A Miracle, available now at Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
1. What internet site do you surf the most?
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/derrick.knight.9883
2. Tell us something no one knows about you?
As a child, I had a form of dyslexia. Reading helped me overcome that obstacle.
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I still see myself working in the healthcare industry. Although, I do see myself writing mystery novels under a different pen name too.
4. What is the one question you are never asked as an author but wish you were? Then answer the question.
Which one of your novels would you most like see turned into a movie? My Christmas novella Miracle on Mistletoe Lane would be the perfect story for a teleplay on The Hallmark Channel. An actress whose long been, Olivia de Havilland, could successfully portray the genuine kindness of my the character Emily. Also, Olivia could be considered Emily’s twin sister.
5. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?
My ultimate romantic evening would be having dinner on a yacht under a clear night sky with a full moon and surrounded by sounds of the evening.
6. How important are secondary characters to your story telling? Do you actively try to have women characters in your M/M to balance the male focus of the MCs?
Secondary characters are crucial to the story. They can help guide the main characters to make the right decisions. Or the reason why I like to incorporate secondary characters into my novels is for some of them to serve as comic relief. Nora Guthrie is the perfect example of that in Truly.
It’s important to include females into m/m novels. All gay men have many woman influences in their lives mothers, sisters, daughters, and even best friends. I make it a point to include strong feminine characters into all my stories. It’s especially important for me when I have a female villain. I want to make sure there are plenty of women who are strong, kind and supportive of the gay main characters.
7. What are your views on social media for marketing?
I have mixed feelings about marketing books through social media. I do feel m/m book review sites do help with increasing book sales. Followers of those blogs trust the opinions and recommendations of that particular reviewer.
I think an author doing random posts on various FB book sites have a minimal affect on marketing or increasing their book sales.
8. What has been the best compliment you received as an author?
One time a reader said one of my books was the best novel they ever read.
9. What is the biggest surprise you have experienced after becoming an author?
People claiming to be knowledgeable at editing, when they aren’t. Self-publishing authors beware of false prophets.
10. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose and why?
Murder on the Orient Express because it was a master whodunit.
Thank you, Derrick for answering the questions and good luck with the tour!!
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