Author Spotlight - Geoffrey Knight
Welcome to Geoffrey Knight!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Geoffrey Knight, I’ve been publishing gay fiction for over 12 years with over 30 books on Amazon for you to dive into. I've got pages and pages of manly fun for you to fall in love with, from rom-coms to adventures to mysteries and everything in between. I live in North Queensland, Australia, with my husband, daughter and a house full of fur-kids.
How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?
I write in several different sub-genres such as romantic-comedy and adventure, but all of my books have a heightened sense of escapism. My style of writing comes with a definite sense of hyper-reality, a certain dream-like quality that nudges my characters into a modern fairytale landscape. The romance is more romantic, the adventure is more action-packed and the comedy is more over-the-top. After all, I'm writing fiction right? Why not make the most of it :)
Tell us about what you're currently working on.
I'm currently working on a royal rom-com with an opposites-attract romance and a cast of crazy characters who must overcome their fears and foibles to pull off the royal event of the decade. Hilarity ensues on the path to true love!
If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?
Gosh I'd love to see my rom-com The Billionaire's Boyfriend turn into a movie. I'm a massive Schitt's Creek fan and I based the lead character on Dan Levy, while his crazy friend Mrs. Mulroney is pretty much Catherine O'Hara with an Irish accent. (Dan and Catherine, if you're reading this I'll happily send you a copy of the book!). As for the billionaire love interest Cal, I think Chris Hemsworth would do nicely, thanks very much.
What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?
In a newsroom for a newspaper. I was working for the paper at the time but desperately needed to get a scene down so when nobody was looking... ;)
What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?
It really depends on the sub-genre. If it's a romance or a rom-com I'll come up with the characters first then dive right in and let the characters write the dialogue and take the story where they want it to go. In those instances the characters are very much in control. For thrillers and adventures, on the other hand, I'm the one in control. Everything has to be very well-planned and structured, right down to the final scene, otherwise the whole thing will just derail itself. For a thriller or an adventure I pretty much know it's a good idea vs a dream once the plan is in place, then I start writing. For romances and rom-coms, because I'm writing by the seat of my pants, it's usually the 10,000-word mark when I know whether the book has legs or not.
If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?
I'd love to write an epic love story set in Australia. I've already written The Pearl which is set in the outback and the tropical north, but I'd love to write something even more sweeping than that. It'll come in time, I know, I can already feel it bubbling away beneath the surface, I just need to find time to sit down and write it.
Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?
In my book The Chocolate Works, there's a secondary character named Ricky who is an awkward, meek and goofy Native American. As I was writing his story I absolutely fell in love with him and realized how much his story represents the entire narrative. In a way he symbolizes everything about ALL the characters in the book. He's lost his identity and needs to find it and on the way he desperately wants to find love too. There's an innocence and sweetness about him that I adore. I wish everyone had a Ricky in their life.
What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.
My favorite book out of all the ones I've written would have to be The Chocolate Works. It was a true labor of love that took me 8 years to write. It was hatched on a trip to a chocolate shop in New Mexico at GRL 2012, so its origin has a special place in my heart. I love the characters and the themes of the book, that it takes a village to make a dream come true... literally. My favorite book by someone else would have to be Sno Ho by my dear friend Ethan Day. That book is hilarious! I learned everything I need to know about writing comedy from Ethan. His legacy lives on in his books and in what he taught me. If you haven't read Sno Ho, please do yourself a favor! It's sweet and funny and fabulous, just like Ethan.
Favorite show to binge watch?
Goodness. Schitt's Creek of course. The laughs, the tears, ALL the feels! Moira is a goddess!
What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?
Raiders of the Lost Ark. I was 11 years old when I first saw it and it made me want to be a storyteller. It's not just an over-the-top adventure movie, it's a masterful piece of movie-making. A lot of people don't realize it was actually nominated for Best Picture. Not many action movies have reached that level of acclaim.
Favorite quote or song lyric:
As a kid I grew up witnessing fear and hatred toward gay men in the 70s and 80s. Now I'm a happily married gay man. I've seen great change in my lifetime and I've helped fight the good fight along the way. This quote is close to my heart: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
Is there anything else you want anyone to know?
If I'm a new-to-you author, there are plenty of books for you to dip your toe in the water. If you're a rom-com fan, maybe start with The Billionaire's Boyfriend. If you love adventure I'd definitely start with The Cross of Sins, it's been dubbed "Gay Raiders of the Lost da Vinci Code!". If you love mysteries with a touch of comedy you can't go past Buck Baxter, Love Detective. Or if you like romance set in an exotic location, go for The Pearl. There are plenty of other books to try too, so why not give it a go?
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