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20 Questions with Sam Knight

As avid readers, we at Cursed Dragon Ship Publishing have grown bored with the questions in “respectable” interviews. What about the really important ones, like what is their least favorite chore or their favorite flavor of ice cream? This week we’ve booked Sam Knight.

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 family is filled with avid readers, and Sam says his own passion started when he pressed his grandfather to find out what was so interesting that he just sat and stared at it. His grandfather handed him a book, and Sam has been a reader ever since. Sam 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 be told 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 hear 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 in order to distance themselves from that side of the family.) Having served a stint working in a correctional facility, Sam 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 sons (Sam’s grandfather and great uncle) 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 a few Pip and Flinx novels, relishing the moments when he would become so engrossed he would forget the ills of the physical world. 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 of his stories can find something they were looking for.

As well having been Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, Senior Editor for Villainous Press, and doing miscellaneous things for various other small publishers, Sam started his own publishing company, Knight Writing Press. He has curated and edited over a dozen anthologies, is the author of six children’s books, four short story collections, four novels, and over 75 short stories, including three co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson, two of which were media tie-ins: a Planet of the Apes story and a Wayward Pines story. Based upon his experiences curating and editing anthologies and numerous other stories, as well as being involved in the publication of well over 400 titles in some way (he stopped counting in 2019), Sam released Blood from Your Own Pen: A Practical Guide on Self-Editing and Common Mistakes (now out in its 2nd Edition).

A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids and slush piles. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. Drop in and see what he is up to at SamKnight.com and knightwritingpress.com. If you have something you want to say, leave a comment, or contact him at sam@samknight.com or at knightwritingpress@gmail.com. If you write short stories, check for open submissions at knightwritingpress.com. Sam does his best to be “new author friendly.”
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 family is filled with avid readers, and Sam says his own passion started when he pressed his grandfather to find out what was so interesting that he just sat and stared at it. His grandfather handed him a book, and Sam has been a reader ever since. Sam 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 be told 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 hear 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 in order to distance themselves from that side of the family.) Having served a stint working in a correctional facility, Sam 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 sons (Sam’s grandfather and great uncle) 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 a few Pip and Flinx novels, relishing the moments when he would become so engrossed he would forget the ills of the physical world. 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 of his stories can find something they were looking for.

As well having been Distribution Manager for WordFire Press, Senior Editor for Villainous Press, and doing miscellaneous things for various other small publishers, Sam started his own publishing company, Knight Writing Press. He has curated and edited over a dozen anthologies, is the author of six children’s books, four short story collections, four novels, and over 75 short stories, including three co-authored with Kevin J. Anderson, two of which were media tie-ins: a Planet of the Apes story and a Wayward Pines story. Based upon his experiences curating and editing anthologies and numerous other stories, as well as being involved in the publication of well over 400 titles in some way (he stopped counting in 2019), Sam released Blood from Your Own Pen: A Practical Guide on Self-Editing and Common Mistakes (now out in its 2nd Edition).

A stay-at-home father, Sam attempts to be a full-time writer, but there are only so many hours left in a day after kids and slush piles. Once upon a time, he was known to quote books the way some people quote movies, but now he claims having a family has made him forgetful, as a survival adaptation. Drop in and see what he is up to at SamKnight.com and knightwritingpress.com. If you have something you want to say, leave a comment, or contact him at sam@samknight.com or at knightwritingpress@gmail.com. If you write short stories, check for open submissions at knightwritingpress.com. Sam does his best to be “new author friendly.”