Interview with J Richard Knapp

What's the story behind your latest book?
The common thread that runs throughout my writing is an unrelenting belief that we as a society need to do more for our young girls in developing, encouraging and guiding them through the difficulties and hardships of making friends and just growing up. The reader will find that most of my books are written with strong lead female characters.
My latest publication is the fourth book in our 'Cow Pie Gang' series - 'Dear Hunter'. Co-authored with Shona Anderson, this series of books targets students between ages 11 - 14 in the categories of mystery, action, adventure, developing friendships, divorce, death, bullying, coming of age and much more! In the 'Dear Hunter' we wanted our lead female character to deal with the problems associated with a parent that leaves the family for a new life. A substory in this book deals with the courage needed to confront the bullying of a friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simply put... I believe in controlling my work!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can enter this fictional world and see the story unfolding in my mind's eye. It is like a movie playing in your brain where you control the descriptions, dialogues, and events.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Your goal as an author is to engage the reader to be a part of the world that you have created. Imagine the reward when your work actually affects the reader both intellectually and emotionally.
What are you working on next?
Book 5 in the Cow Pie Gang Series - Shadow Hunter!
Who are your favorite authors?
Wilson Rawls will always be my most favorite of all. I met Wilson in the early 70's and actually saw his handwritten manuscript of 'Where the Red Fern Grows'. His advice on my own writing was some of the best I ever received.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My faith, family, and ability to explore the creative corners of my mind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music, watching people interact, and enjoying the beauty of this world around us.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I pay attention to reviews of average readers and the look of book covers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first real book was written in 1972. Unfortunately, the time for Indie writers was still far away and my experience with publishers did not go well.
What is your writing process?
I have to completely know the story and its characters before I even type in the first words. Once I can visualize the story in my head, I begin writing non-stop.
How do you approach cover design?
This is one of the most troubling areas in publishing. If your target reader doesn't like your design, you had better make changes. In our case, we want covers that actually relate to the content in some way and yet shows similarity between the different books in the series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the newspaper daily.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use most formats everyday depending on what I am doing.
Published 2016-01-24.
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