Today I’m delighted to welcome Therin Knite to Me, My Books and I:
Therin Knite is a 22-year-old college senior who occasionally writes speculative fiction and has the odd delusion of literary stardom. Knite lives in a humble little place known as the Middle of Nowhere, Virginia and spends every possible second of free time reading books and writing what may possibly qualify as books.
To find out more:
Where did the idea for Echoes come from?
Well, I was coming off the failure of writing another sci-fi novel, and I thought I needed something fresh to work with for a while, so I started brainstorming ideas. The premise came to me pretty fast — dreams that could become real — and from there, the world and characters sprouted. It took me a few weeks before I felt I had a good foundation to work with.
Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?
Robin Ludwig of Robin Ludwig Design Inc. (http://www.gobookcoverdesign.com/) was my designer. For the design, I had a few elements I wanted to incorporate and a few I wanted to avoid. I’m not a fan of faces on covers but I did want a person, so based on some example covers I showed her, Robin came up with the man walking away from the foreground. Then, I wanted a sort of dreary, apocalyptic setting. The world of Echoes isn’t technically apocalyptic, but there’s a scene in the book that is, and I wanted the cover to be representative of that scene because it’s the climax of the book. So, those two elements were put together and there was my cover.
How did you decide on names for your characters?
Same way I usually do: off the top of my head. I wanted my protagonist to be named something wacky so I could make jokes about his name in the book. Hence, Adem Adamend. I don’t usually dwell on characters names too long. I come up with a character, slap on a name, and evaluate whether or not it works. If it does, I move on.
How long did it take you to write Echoes?
18 months from start to publish.
What is the hardest part of writing a book?
The hardest part isn’t writing at all. It’s editing. You write the thing, then you have to go back and tear out chunks of it, rearranging words, sentences, entire passages…that’s the real chore. The draft stage is the playground where you can have fun and play games. Editing is more like a final exam in your hardest class.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read. I’m such a unique writer, no?
If you could collaborate with any author who would it be?
Stephen King. His discipline puts me to shame.
If you could live in any time period, what would it be?
The one I’m in now — because I understand how it works. All I know about other time periods are guesses, misconceptions and misplaced feelings of nostalgia.
Paperback or eBook?
Paperback. I like my Kindle, but I love collecting physical books. I want to have something that qualifies as a home library one day.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Breakfast. I’m a really picky eater, and there are more typical breakfast foods I like than foods for any other meal.
Snow or sun?
Sun. So much sun. Winter is the bane of my existence.
Early or late?
Late. Very late.
Pen or pencil?
Pencil. I can’t write worth a crap. Pens are wasted on me.
Any last words for your readers?
Keep reading, friends!
Thank you so much for being here today Therin, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your cover design!
Now check out the book:
District of Columbia
United Republic of Earth
Twenty-three-year-old Adem Adamend has it rough. His name is ludicrous. His friends are few. And the only thing his “kid genius” status has gotten him at the Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence is a boatload of extra work with no credit in sight.
Then hotshot lawyer Victor Manson is burned to death in his own back yard, and Adem finds himself using his unique skills to piece together the strangest crime he’s ever seen. Strange because the only possible suspect Adem can pin the murder on…is a mythical beast. A dragon.
Before Adem can unravel the mystery of Manson’s death, the Bureau loses jurisdiction to the secretive EDPA, an organization that investigates weird and deadly events. But Adem isn’t one for giving up, so he takes it upon himself to delve deeper into EDPA’s machinations, into the series of unfortunate events that led to Manson’s demise.
And what he finds may change the way he views the world — and himself — forever.
What do you do when a killer can hide behind his dreams?
What do you do when a murder weapon ceases to exist?
And how do you stop a villain who can conjure up nightmares and burn you from the Earth in the blink of an eye?
Adem Adamend is about to find out.”