Interview with ''Knife'' Sotelo

Who are your favorite authors?
A whole range of these! I love Aleister Crowley for his subtlety and wit, Anton Szandor LaVey for his sense of humanity, eccentricity and style, the poet Michael Shane Margolin for his passion and commitment, and John Zande for his unique and urgent sense of God.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I try very hard to listen to successful people and read what they read. For example, The Satanic Bible was recommended to me and was and is a source of inspiration for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time listening to music or making music. I also go to work 5 days a week as a Dietary Aide for a convalescent.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do, it was called The Unholy Bible, it was my first attempt in writing a fantasy story. I never published it and I still hold the manuscript in my vaults.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
Whenever I think of favorite books,my list always ends up changing. But the books listed below are the ones that have changed me as a writer.

In no specific order:

1) Always Running: La Vida Loca by Luis J. Rodriguez: this was the first autobiographical book I ever read by Luis J. Rodriguez and it packed an emotional punch. I think I was in high school then. I remember I wanted to talk about it with everyone I knew but none of my friends had read it yet. Stunning, acerbic, still topical. Everyone should read it.

2) Sophia Bestiae by Edward O'Toole: beautifully written, I remember reading it one rainy afternoon and wondering how I'd ever lived without having heard about his work earlier.

3) Lovers & Other Monsters by Marvin Kaye: intelligent lick with a multicultural cast of characters--and every single character feels so authentic, no one is completely good and no one is completely evil. It's a novel about relationships and when to let go. And I love it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been reading for pleasure for years. I devour books like they are food. I even read the dictionary just to expand my vocabulary. My favorite books are The Balisong Manual (all of em), Bruce Lee's Complete Fighting Method,The Oddysey, The Children Of Hurin, Moral & Dogma, The Wizard Of Oz and SO MANY MORE!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, but I'm not a slave to it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in gang-ridden East Los Angeles, I still live here and it has molded me into the man I am today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book will be a gospel, but for the Satanist.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't, it just came to me one day and when I found out how easy it was to publish a book and get it out there, I said "fuck it."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They provide a platform for new ebooks. Every author needs this.
Published 2015-07-20.
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Books by This Author

Satanic Combat Sciences
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,210. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Martial arts
Satanic Combat Sciences is a weapon-based system founded by the late John C. Davis of the Church of Satan. Former Church of Satan member Marvin "Knife" Sotelo revamps and enhances the Satanists capabilities as an elite fighting force. It focuses on immediate threat elimination and does not include an element of spiritual development. Test everything, believe nothing, take what is useful and apply
Liber Cultris
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,300. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science
Gospels speak of truth, and as Nietzsche rightly noted, we should not expect the truth to be comfortable. The Gospel of Rev. Marvin "Knife" Sotelo is a truth that, unlike those fantastic fictions circulated in popular religious culture, requires no annotation or inventive scapegoat for it contains no inherent contradictions.