IndieView with Jerry Knaak, author of The Dark Truth

A couple, I didn’t want the main character to fall into a routine. Do you outline? Trifecta’s cover designer did the art. More “plan” with some measure of “winging-it.”
Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? The validation is heady stuff, cathartic. It took 13 months to write The Dark Truth. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area
What would you like readers to know about you?  
When did you start writing the book? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Jack Kerouac probably has had the biggest influence on my writing style. The main character is essentially a female version of me – sarcastic, foul-mouthed, quick-witted (sometimes). It is a dark, gritty vampire tale set in modern-day San Francisco. They were the first and only publisher I queried. Little does she know that her life will be altered forever as childhood night terrors come to life. It became a mutual thing and they were accepting submissions just as I was finishing the manuscript. Also, I had a bit of trouble with the dialogue. The “movement.” My main character doesn’t sit still for very long. But my published provider their own as well. In this novel my main character has a thing for southern rock, so I listened to some George Thorogood. I always thought if I wrote a novel it would be a vampire story, and the main character would be female. Define “hire.” Technically, yes. The words. I’ve been using a public relations calendar that I kind of made up counting down to release, Trifecta and I are working together some things as well. Where do you live now? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? A Face in the Window
Elizabeth’s deepest, darkest fears crawl out of the inky blackness as her lifelong tormentor is revealed during a rare Northern California thunderstorm. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Did you hire a professional editor? You’ll never know if you don’t try. Just do it. Don’t hem and haw, find a publisher that seems like a good fit and send your query. I created a character and a premise and went from there. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I edit as I go. The main character is essentially a female version of me – sarcastic, foul-mouthed, quick-witted (sometimes). I grew up in Rochester, N.Y. It makes it more interesting. Do you listen to music while you write? And I was going to own it.”
A Night Out
San Francisco PR pro Elizabeth Rubis reluctantly agrees to a night out on the town. No, I do not. Seriously, not really. A hallucination in the raindrops proves to be an evil, yet familiar entity. The story follows her throughout the Bay Area as Elizabeth seeks bloody revenge against her maker while learning how to survive as a vampire. A Baptism in Blood
Fueled by hatred for her tormentor, Elizabeth cuts a bloody swath across the San Francisco Bay Area in a desperate quest for revenge. Social media is huge, and I am lucky enough to have some contacts that enable me to do some radio and podcast interviews. I have been writing, mostly sports, professionally for 25 years. Trifecta Publishing House started following me on Twitter before I ever followed them. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? End of Interview:
For more from Jerry, visit his website or blog, follow him on Twitter, or like his Facebook page. As for plot, continuity and those types of things, I’ll do two or three major run-throughs up to where I am in the process, and one at the end. What came easily? Jerry Knaak, 30 January 2018
The Back Flap
“I was a predator. If so can you please describe it? A 44-year-old public relations professional named Elizabeth is kidnapped by a vampire and turned into one herself. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Get your copy of   The Dark Truth from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Early on it was Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, but HP Lovecraft, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice and Clive Barker have been huge influences. This approach has led to the creation of characters and situations I could not have foreseen. I love Gothic horror, especially vampires. I go to San Francisco once in awhile to do some location scouting/research as well. I sit down at a computer and the words flow. A little bit of both. For this book? About You
Where did you grow up? Scotch. There were some songs that were integral to a few scenes so I listened to those as I wrote. No one is safe from her rage, not even her friends and family. The others I spiced with some characteristics I borrowed from movies and TV and created amalgamations, “Frankensteins” if you will. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I began writing in earnest in January of 2016. Sometimes. How long did it take you to write it? No, I did not. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Adults 18+ who like vampire stories, noir thrillers, and what I like to call “neo-Gothic.”
About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I like to have classic horror films on TV in the background. I research as I go with the Internet (Google maps/Earth are favorites), or I have a pile of vampire reference materials next to me, and I let my character go where she wants to go. We all know how important it is for writers to read. About the book
What is the book about? If I did, my main character would just go where she wants to go anyway. The descriptions. So, I took some time off to figure out where I wanted to go with my character’s nightly activities. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you have a target reader? I have a real problem with the red squiggly underlining, I have to clear it. I wanted to be published traditionally. I have a lot more stories to tell and I can’t wait to share them. I’ve been sending out postcards to bookstores across the country, stopping in to as many as I can and leaving postcards behind, and I’ve been sending press releases to bookstores and newspapers. Where did you get the idea from? “She’s Not There” by The Zombies would be one.