Ron Knight Wins the “Sunshine Lily Badge!”


September 21st, 2012

Ron Knight Wins the “Sunshine Lily Badge!”

Ron Knight wins the Sunshine Lily Badge for best blog, presented byErinO’ Quinn!

Interview with Ron Knight

Erin: You inspire and motivate both adults and students in reading and writing. Why is that important to you? 

Knight: I struggled with reading and writing. In fact, I struggled in school. I thought because my grades were low, I could not become an author. I found a way to love reading and writing, then discovered that I could indeed become an author. I want to share that opportunity with others.

Erin: How are you different from most authors?

Knight: My main focus is the end result of a book; then I work backwards. I study readers of all ages and adjust my writing accordingly. I never write for myself.

Erin: You write books for children, tweens, teens, and adults. Which is your favorite?

Knight: My target audience has become those that do not like to read. If I can entertain them, I can entertain anyone.

Erin: What is one thing you tell students that teachers cringe when you say it?

Knight: Lol. Once in awhile I tell students, “If you are thirty pages into a book and do not like it, then stop reading and choose another. Your time is precious.” I really believe that is true, but some books are part of the curriculum, which the students have to read.

Erin: How do you connect to your readers? 

Knight: Every reader has what’s called an “Emotional Gatekeeper” that decides what books to read and which books they would enjoy. The only way to connect to a reader is by understanding their emotions.

Erin: What makes a great speaking presentation for students? 


First: Be upbeat, amusing, and get the students laughing, even if that means making fun of yourself.

Second: Control the room and not allow students to have sidebar conversations.

Third: Use a visual slide show with cool pictures.

Fourth: Teach, but do not let them know you are teaching.

Fifth: Talk about fiction books as if the stories are true.

Sixth: Keep the students involved with the presentation so they are always doing something.

Erin: What was the best compliment you have ever received?

Knight: Someone once told me, “I was going to give up writing, but after listening to you, I kept at it.”

Erin O’Quinn

Author at Siren BookStrand


Ron Knight

Author at Brand Eleven Eleven



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