SAND POINT – Faith. Family. Friends. In that order of importance, these are the priorities in RJ’s Knight’s writing and in his life.
A goal for every book he writes is to glorify God and stay true to his word and to teach valuable lessons to anyone who reads his novels. Knight uses these priorities to give his writing a moral message, something he was inspired by CS Lewis, who was known for his ability to blend morals and powerful lessons into a compelling story.
As a young adult and teenager, Knight always struggled to find good, fantastic, compelling stories that didn’t have explicit content either.
“I don’t want these things to come to my mind,” Knight said.
He hopes to write stories that act as moral alternatives to other popular fantasy novels, while providing a compelling story.
Ever since Knight played make-believe as a child, he’s noticed that his stories run deeper than those of the other kids around him. He wanted to be able to share his stories.
Knight considered getting into game design or scriptwriting, but said the expense of game design was daunting. He also didn’t like that he had to cede control of his stories to a developer or filmmaker once they were picked up.
He didn’t particularly like to write, but once he realized that he could have full control over his stories, he got attached and finished his first novel “Grimoire” at the age of 17 years.
Knight then switched to self-publishing instead of traditional publishing in order to keep full control of his novels. He feared that his inexperience would lead him to enter into an unfair contract.
This led Knight to go through Christian Faith Publishing, which had the benefits of self-publishing, and gave him more royalties as well as help getting his books into stores. The challenge? He was then in charge of advertising.
When his contract expired, Knight chose not to renew his contract. Instead, with his additional experience, he switched to self-publishing through the Amazon platform after praying about the decision.
Knight has published two full novels, three short novels, and a weekly Kindle Vela chapter titled “Chroma Diaries.” Knight calls these chapters “Diaries” because they are written from his protagonist’s internal diary.
Publishing a weekly chapter is a change for Knight, but he finds it a worthwhile exercise.
Knight’s first sci-fi play, “Chroma Diaries” features a protagonist who is a synthetic human being with no memory of his past. The story begins with the protagonist awakening in a junkyard. On top of that, she misses everything on her own except for her head.
Knight’s readers have called his Kindle Vella crude and less defined than his full novels, due to the chapters published one by one. He writes just before the reader.
Illuminati who sees everything? Alien dinosaurs? Killer robots? Epic stunts in the car? All of this can be found in RJ Knight’s “Chroma Diaries” on Amazon Vela. The first three chapters are available free of charge. The second season is still being downloaded.
Knight will be taking a writing break for a while as he prepares for his mission trip next month.
“I feel like I’m going to get back to writing as soon as possible,” Knight said.