About Benjamin Knoll:
Benjamin Knoll is a Canadian author who has been mesmerized by the unknown since he was a boy with his dog reading books in a forest. He has filled his books with beasts, cosmic elegance and a twist waiting at each ultimate conclusion because that is how he'd rather life be. To Trump The Universe's Aspirations is his debut novel in the Distributed Fate series with three more to come in the series this year!
What inspires you to write?
The seed of inspiration had been growing very young inside of me. As soon as I could play with toys I was creating stories with them. Then, at age eight, I began to write stories for school and that is when I began writing stories for leisure. I have been discovering my style and growing in my structure ‘s format ever since. I was definitely that boy who was running off with his dog to run under a tree on a long summer's afternoon.
I have always been intrigued by the mysteries of science as well and this often blanketed my intrigue into fictitious worlds. It is this thirst for the unknown that drives my writing, that makes me want to send the reader off to my many worlds to find unique, entrancing things.
I have written two published books with three more to come throughout the year.
Tell us about your writing process.
When it comes to planning out my stories I find that is where I am most unusual. I leave a certain degree up to the inspiration of the moment while the rest I plan down to exquisite detail. I find myself looking at each individual book as a pattern that needs to be maintained. When I aim to keep a particular rhythm going with a specified direction I find that I am keeping the correct shape of my pattern. So long as I keep to the pattern that feels right then I am pleased with how my work turns out. If I defer from the pattern it can get messy.
At the same time, I contradict this by allowing improvisation, but once again in specific places. The story needs to achieve certain aspects, the characters have to be somewhere by the end of this journey, but I can play with how they get there. It really is all about how each individual writer works to produce their own best work.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am not really one to bring my characters into my literal life, but instead to have them hold desperately to my thoughts. I find myself having conversations and wondering what perspective my characters would take. It doesn't matter how you do it, but every author interacts with their characters somehow, whether through speech, thought or perspective.
What advice would you give other writers?
First rule to any new experience; be humble. Humility is an efficient tool and it needs to be applied to writing like anything else. Assume that you will be in a fluctuating learning journey for a long time. Do your research for as long as you need to and get advice from those with experience wherever you can. They've already done it, you might as well listen and see what they have to say about how to avoid a lot of pitfalls along the way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I simply got to a point in my life where I wanted to really have a go at publishing my work. I set to writing and as soon as I had several books written I began researching and planning out the path ahead. Oh, what a path it has been!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is the beginning of my journey as a published author and this year I will be publishing four books alone. Look out for Vol. 3, and 4 for the crazy, wondrous things to come for this new shared universe!
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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