Monday, July 15, 2013

Author Interview: Robert Beck, author of Dawn of the Knight

Today we have an interview with author Robert Beck. His novel Dawn of the Knight is a really cool story about a teenage boy trained to be a covert operative! How awesome is that? And guess what? It's FREE on Smashwords! Check out the synopsis:

In this thrilling and suspenseful action/romance novel, a fatherless Canadian high school boy, Lance Rock, has been raised and trained by the United States government’s former top operative. For his senior year, Lance decides to travel to California in the hope of finding a girlfriend as well as freedom from his regimented life. Once there, he inadvertently ends up in the home of a mother and her two teenage daughters. He is forced to use his skills to defend them and himself from the woman’s ex-husband—a crime lord who has been terrorizing the family for over a decade!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 54 years old and I am originally from Montreal, Canada. I came down to the United States in 1981 to go to school (Cairn University), met my future wife there, and decided to stay after I got married. I have been married 28 years and I have four children, two boys and two girls. I am currently residing in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 30 miles west of Philadelphia. I never, ever, thought I’d be a writer. I never had any desire for it. I actually had a desire to be an artist/illustrator, but my life didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. My oldest son was a communications major in college. I thought that he would be the one to take up writing. I did an search and bought three of the most highly recommended books on how to write fiction that I could find, and then gave them to him. He chose not to pursue writing, however. Three years ago I became extremely discouraged with my job and my life. I decided I would try to write a story as a means of escaping the boredom. But first, I read the three books I had purchased for him. They were so helpful that I’ve actually credited them in the acknowledgment section of my book!

Your novel, Dawn of the Knight, is an action packed adventure story. What were some of your influences while writing?

I’m a huge fan of cool, operative/secret agent type characters having grown up watching James Bond, Derek Flint, The Wild, Wild West, The Avengers, The Man from Uncle, and more recently, Jason Bourne and Alex Rider. When I was younger, I had read a 1960’s young adult teen spy series titled, “Chris Cool/Teen Agent,” by Jack Lancer, and I loved it. That series only lasted six books and I decided that if I would ever write a book series it would involve an operative type teenage character. Since I’m originally from Canada, I made the protagonist Canadian as well. I also knew I didn’t want him working for a government agency. I thought, what would happen if you put a teenage boy with operative type skills in a high school setting? The result is this story.

I love the name of your main character, Lance Rock. It just sounds so much like an action hero! Did it take you a while to come up with the perfect name for him, or was it just something you knew from day one?

Believe it or not I actually grew up with a boy named Lance Rock! When we were younger I thought that was the coolest name any kid could have! I had originally named the Character Ron West but changed it to Lance Rock because I thought that name sounded more rugged and tougher.

If there was one piece of advice you could have known before you started writing Dawn of the Knight, what would it be?

I never realized how hard it would be to get recognition for a self-published E-Book. It’s like trying to climb Mount Everest! But I’m hanging in there and I’m sure the recognition will come in time.

I always ask authors what their favorite line from their books are. So what was your favorite line from Dawn of the Knight and why?

In the story Lance is attacked by 25 players from the football team in the high school cafeteria. They had been bullying the other students and Lance issues an ultimatum to then to stop or else face his justice. He is forced to defend himself and he ends up completely obliterating them. One of the student bystanders makes the comment that Lance is like “freaking Superman.” The next day he is approached by two hit men who want to murder him. One of the men is carrying a newspaper with the headline, “Superman in HS Brawl” in reference to Lance’s cafeteria fight. When Lance adjusts his stance in order to defend himself, one of the men points a gun at him and says, “You just relax there, Superman. You’re not bulletproof!”

I’m a huge Superman fan and there are many references throughout the story of Lance equaling Superman. This one is my favorite.

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