Interview with Nathan Knaack

Who are your favorite authors?
I have a great appreciation for science fiction authors, classical and modern, including Herbert, Asimov, Dick, Heinlein, Bradbury, Haldeman, Clarke, and Adams.
What is your writing process?
Everyone who asks me how I function as a writer gets this answer: Write 1,000 words a day. No more, no less. Here's why: When you sit down to write every day - and you must write every day - you always want something interesting to happen. No writer wants to spend a whole day writing something boring or tedious, just as no reader wants to trudge through that part of your book. When you develop the discipline to write 1,000 words every day, it gets your butt in the chair and it forces you to fill that quota with something interesting, important, and memorable. This keeps the pace of your book rolling along, advancing the plot and keeping your reader turning the pages.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm very lucky to have worked in the video game industry for years, allowing me to make friends with numerous world-class artists. The cover for Revenge Insurance was created by the inimitable Will Burns.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After a decade of writing stories for video games, I figured I had more than enough practice to write my own novel, and I'm glad I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is one of the best avenues for pure creativity to get from one person's mind into another. It takes hundreds of people to craft a quality television show, movie, or video game, but a novel is the shortest, cleanest distance between a writer and a reader.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my spare time, which is rapidly diminishing as I get older, I like to play video games, ride my motorcycle, play hockey, and read science fiction novels.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, but my mother probably does. In all likelihood, it was some Dungeons & Dragons inspired adventure I wrote for a middle school assignment.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember, but I only started doing it professionally in 2006 when I started my career in the video game industry. It wasn't until 2014 that I got the opportunity to write full-time, when I spent eight months completing Revenge Insurance.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Actually, unlike most writers I've spoken to (and all of my other projects), I came up with the title for Revenge Insurance long before writing the book. From there, it was a relatively simple matter of filling in a compelling science fiction story to fit that title.
Published 2015-02-21.
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Books by This Author

Revenge Insurance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 132,620. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
August Carlisle has been a revenge insurance agent for years, but that changes after his most recent assignments put him on the wrong side of the company’s agenda. Wanted for crimes he only technically committed, he struggles to figure out how to get his life back. When the ground drops out from under him, he becomes entwined in a conspiracy that stretches across the solar system and beyond.