A Colorado native, Sam Knight spent ten years in California's wine country before returning to the Rockies. When asked if he misses California he gets a wistful look in his eyes and replies he misses the green mountains in the winter, but he is glad to be back home.
His grandfather and mother are avid readers and Sam says his own passion started when he pressed his grandfather to find out what was so interesting. His grandfather handed him a book and he has been an avid reader ever since. He claims to have finished the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in fourth grade and says he can still remember the look, feel, and smell of some of those early books. (He has been spotted sniffing books as he ruffles the pages.)
While doing research for a Western novel, Sam was not surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal in Cripple Creek, Colorado, someone in the family had to be a horse thief. Sam was, however, surprised to find the family name had originally been McKnight and that the thieves had taken the 'Mc' part of the name with them. (Or the lawmen let them have it to distance themselves from that side of the family.) Having served a stint working in a correctional facility, he has often wondered if being a lawman runs in the blood. His great grandfather upheld the law in Mooreland, OK, as well as Springfield and Florence CO, among other places, with his grandfather occasionally deputized to assist.
When asked why he would want to become a writer, Sam recounts a time when he was in fifth grade. Illness stuck him in bed for two weeks with only books for companions. (This was a bit before video game phone implants were in common use.) He burned through the Xanth trilogy (back before it expanded into thirty some books), the Riddle of Stars trilogy, a couple of John Carter of Mars books, and several Pip and Flinx novels, relishing the moments when he would become so engrossed he would forget the ills of the physical. A thought floated through his mind at that time, about being able to return the favor to the authors who were providing so much to him. That thought never left and now he sincerely hopes anyone picking up one his stories can find something they were looking for.
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A Small Town Santa
by Sam Knight
Christmas Stories by Sam Knight.
Can a Small Town Santa Save Christmas?
Is Santa's Day Off ruined when he finds an extra present?
What goes through Santa's mind during The Long Sleigh Ride Home?
In the Lane, the Snow is Glistening, but that doesn't make it a pleasant walk for three siblings...
A Whiskey Jack in a Murder of Crows
by Sam Knight
Rainbow County California
Unrivaled sunsets, placid lakeside orchards, pleasant mountain vineyards, and a rural lifestyle.
The only thing stopping this place from being idyllic is the noise from the cars on the highway. And murder.
Jack is attempting to recover from tragedy, at a vineyard he inherited from his uncle.
It seems perfect, until the local barkeep confides Jack's uncle was murdered.
by Sam Knight
Four short stories by Sam Knight.
Does Old Snorter really protect the gold in a haunted old Spanish Gold mine?
What Plunder on the High Sands is there for a lost pirate to find?
What happens when two college students stumble upon the Gateway to the Garden of the Gods?
Here be demons, as we learn Victor's Story.
Time Travel Trio
by Sam Knight
Three Time Travel Short Stories by Sam Knight.
Visit Luna Base, where the Ghosts of Time roam through the corridors.
When the inventor of time travel sends himself a note back through time, he knows he will be Just in Time for a Celebration.
Steam punk era adventure follows an unlikely trio as they use their time machine to stay On the Heels of Spring Heeled Jack.
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