Featured Interview With Keith Knapp
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
For a quick introduction, I am the author of the novels "Coda," "Moonlight" and numerous short stories including "Battalion" and "The Cat on Alpine Road." Between the day I discovered writing and now, I have played the drums in more bands than I can remember, went to film school in Chicago and have taken up residence in Hawai’i, Missouri, California and Illinois. I love cats, and if there isn’t always one around I start to go a little crazy.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My earliest memory of writing, outside of school assignments of course, is the 8th grade. At least I think it was the 8th grade; I don't have the best memory in the world, which is why I tend to write everything down. I had always been an avid reader thanks in part to my parents, who had a library of books. My mother really liked my first story, which was far from good and close to terrible. She was just being a Mom, but that lit a spark in my head that maybe this was something I could do. I could actually write one of these books they had in our home.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My go-to authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz and H.P. Lovecraft. Throw in some Kim Stanley Robinson, and I'm set for the weekend. I'm a terribly slow reader, taking in every word and sentence gradually, so I'm struggling with the fact that I'll never been able to read all of King's or Koontz's work as they publish faster than I read. Luckily I've been able to devour all of Lovecraft (more than once), and there are always new authors coming into my view.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, "Coda," finds a group of people in an old-west type setting, a place simply called "The Town," after a devastating earthquake hits L.A., where I used to live. It took me around ten years to write, but in my defense I was also writing other novels and short stories, plus had the dreaded Day Job. My third novel will be out before another decade is up.
"Coda," is, at its core, about people fighting their inner demons. Be it some guilt, or some lies, or some sins. We all have demons, big and small. Each character is a part of me in some way, but I think that's true for most authors.
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