Have We Met?
Well then, have we?! If not in person, then we must have via the interweb? I sit here at Melbourne Airport at 7:37am, in front of me is the worst coffee that I have ever purchased (from Hungry Jacks, the breakfast meal was also a horrible accompaniment), and I’m sitting at one of those seats where you can see all the planes and the people around them whizzing luggage trollies two and fro. Anyway; I have so much to catch you up on. However before I do that, I really want to introduce myself – So yes, this is going to be one of those ‘Hello, this is me, this is the intention of my blog, meet me and know me and know all about me,’ post.
So anyway. Hello! Imagine that we are getting coffee, it’s at some super hip place in Melbourne called ‘The Pot and the Kettle,’ or ‘The Wheatgrass and Soybean’ or something alternative like that. It’s decked out to the tee. White paint splashed over red brick, pot plants dotted everywhere effortlessly, and all the while the staff are either pierced, tatted (or both) and look like they’ve stepped out of a Florence and the Machine music video. I’ve ordered a strong iced latte (my fav,) and you’ve ordered what you like! [*Side bar, comment down below your favourite type of café beverage]. So if we are playing pretend, our little coffee date would looking something like this:
Well, now that we are sitting down and the small talk is over, it’s time to get to know each other.
Soooo… my name is Jake Knight, I decided some time ago that my author title would be J. R Knight (Robert is my middle name). I did this for a few reasons, but the main reason was mainly because it sounds super mysterious and cool. I also like (to the general public) that I at first appear genderless, which is a smart move considering that most of my larger manuscripts are centered around female protagonists. So I live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Not Austria! Australia. Aussie mate! I live in the home of black on black, supreme hipsters, pretentious café (like the one we are sitting at now), trams and my wonderful friends and family! I live with my partner, my angst-y cat Mercy and our beyond gorgeous roomie Jessique! I grew up in Melbourne and have lived here all my life, and ever since I could remember I’ve been a writer. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I always knew that I could write, but I never truly considered pursuing a career in writing until about two years ago (which was coincidently when I finished the first draft of my major novel ‘Hearts.’
Some of my earliest memories involve me writing on paper. I was obsessed with print magazines, making books, drawing narratives and creating characters and worlds. My first experience of writing a short story was when I was about eight. I was sitting up on my parent’s old school laptop and I remember writing this riveting story about a fat cat on a mat. Or was it a rat? Hm, I’m not sure. But either way once I printed that I looked back at it and was like ‘Damn, I am cool!’
From there, all through out my childhood I began to write. I wrote in response to quite a lot of teen fiction that I read. As a young child I read a lot of Roald Dahl, which inspired my to write a small short story called ‘The Garwars.’ I also re-wrote ‘The Faraway Tree,’ by Enid Blyton in my own words and added a few characters (you know, because I was just that nerdy!). As I began to grow up, I got into heavier texts, I was very much into a series called Avalon (I’m pretty sure it is called) – it’s about these three girls who basically have to save the world with powers. I re-created that into a longer novel text called ‘Guardians Element.’ Drawing on the arcs of shows like Charmed, this book was about a wicked evil Queen (think very power rangers, crossed with Paige in Charmed when she goes rogue) who wants to take over the earth! So, the Guardians of the world unleash ancient powers which get transferred into teenage girls (so dramatic!). These three girls then each had the power of fire, water and nature. Moving on, I was also inspired my Princess Diaries (which I briefly tried writing my own spin off too), and then I began to delve straight into texts like Harry Potter and a Series of Unfortunate Events. As I got older, I was drawn to the mystery and haunting tension of shows like Desperate Housewives, and I briefly dabbled into screenplay. Over a summer I wrote a Pilot and two episodes of a show that I created and named – I’m trying to remember the titled but I can’t seem to recall it! – . Also, in response to the perfectionism and soapy daydreamy housewives that were featured in D.H, my most major novel that I wrote when I was younger was about a picture perfect family (on the outside) and it was titled ‘Tempted.’ It was about 50 chapters, with 3 pages each, and major arcs included death, infidelity, arson and murder (it was very much retold in a similar style and wit to how Mary Alice narrated D.H).
Once I completed that manuscript (which I sadly lost most of), I knew obliviously that with this great accomplishment that I could (and should) move on to bigger and better things. I ‘seriously’ started writing and planning another major manuscript when I was about sixteen. I was inspired to write a full novel off a short story that I wrote about a young girl who gets entranced by a sea creature called a ‘Succubus.’ I reworked this idea to have it so it was a teen novel about a young girl who moves to a new town and starts having these dreams about a boy with artic blue eyes. Well, turns out that he is/was a merman and he was real! She ends up finding him in the sea and falls in love with him and then needs to make a pact with a Sea Witch in order to turn into a Mermaid to be with him. Plots twists! Soul stealing and young love! Think a modern (and reversed) Little Mermaid.
Well I think we deserve a toilet break, don’t you? I’ve been yarning off for quite a bit. I hope I haven’t bored you. Tune in on Thursday on my blog when I continue this ‘riveting*’ story.
* Have We Met? Part Two, continues Thursday [MAR/12] on The Knight Life.
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