Jeremy Robinson (aka Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight) was born in the sometimes mysterious seacoast town of Beverly, Massachusetts. From a young age his father fostered a love for Science Fiction and all things monstrous. He grew up on thick doses of Superman, Batman, X-men, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek and Godzilla—creative fuel for the future.
He began his creative career as an illustrator for comic books and comic strips and worked on several small indie projects, but it wasn’t long before an epiphany struck—his art wasn’t just about creating images—it was about telling stories. Robinson switched gears to writing, first screenplays and then novels.
Robinson is the international bestselling author of more than fifty novels and novellas including MIRRORWORLD, UPRISING, ISLAND 731, SECONDWORLD, and the Jack Sigler thriller series. Robinson is also known as the #1 Amazon.com horror writer, Jeremy Bishop, author of THE SENTINEL, THE RAVEN and the controversial novel, TORMENT, and Jeremiah Knight, author of the post-apocalyptic HUNGER series. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages. His bestselling kaiju novel, PROJECT NEMESIS is now being released as a comic book series from American.
Gothic Press/Famous Monsters of Filmland, and his Jack Sigler thrillers entered development to be released as a major motion picture. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, and three children.
Which authors have influenced your work the most?
Early on, I was most heavily influenced by Michael Crichton, James Rollins, Jeff Long and Jules Verne. Back then my writing was more along the lines of action-adventure mixed with science fiction elements. In recent years, I’ve reverted back to my larger cinematic influences (I was writing screenplays for years before shifting to novels). These include Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Ridley Scott, so my novels have shifted into something closer to science fiction/horror.
In addition to being an accomplished novelist working on multiple books simultaneously, you also write and illustrate your own series of comics, do a podcast and spend a fair amount of time promoting all your projects on social media. How in the world do find the time for everything?
AND I have three homeschooled kids. The time to do all this (and probably more if I wasn’t an insomniac) exists. The key is to stay organized and disciplined about time. Avoid distractions. Stay focused. It’s like being a professional athlete in your brain. I also really enjoy what I do. So I don’t drag on Mondays, I eagerly launch right into my work every day. And it’s how I’ve always been, even when I wasn’t being paid for it. As a kid I was just as driven to pursue my creative dreams, so it’s really lifelong habits.
What’s a typical day for you?
I work 9 to 5. For an hour or two in the morning, I take care of non-writing tasks (like interviews) and then spend the rest of the day writing. On average, 4000 words (two chapters) per day. When I’m between novels, I design my own covers, create book trailers, work on shorter projects, like the comic books and short stories for anthologies.
What factors made you decide to go the self-publishing route instead of working through a traditional publisher?
My first novel, The Didymus Contingency, had enough religious elements that a mainstream publisher wouldn’t touch it. But it was also a very mainstream novel, so religious publishers wouldn’t touch it, either. James Rollins, who read it and loved it, was the first to bring up the idea of self-publishing. A year later, I decided to give it a try and the books sold fantastically. So I started self-publishing the rest of my novels and have been a full time author since.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would give someone working on their first book?
Be ready to give your life to it. The pursuit of a novelist is not for the casually dedicated. On average, it takes a writer ten years—ten agonizing years—to find any measure of success. It took me thirteen years. I spent all of my twenties writing, full-time hours, without making a dime. I didn’t party. Didn’t have a nice car. Didn’t have anything nice. I wrote. All the time. And that’s what it takes for most successful authors. Sacrifice. If you’re not willing to give up just about everything else, odds are you won’t find the level of success you dream about.
If you were in an actual zombie or similar end-of-the-world apocalypse, what fictional characters (books, TV and movies) would you want to team up with? (Only normal people. No one with special powers or weapons, that would be cheating)
My first instinct was to say Rick Grimes, because that guy’s a survivor. But then I realized that he’s not exactly great at keeping his friends alive. So I’m going to say Shaun, from Shaun of the Dead. He has about the same success rate as Rick, but at least my eventual demise would get a laugh, and even after my return as the living dead, I’d get to live in a shed and play video games.
Check out the Knockin Books review of Hunger by Jeremiah Knight and our review of the Hunger book cover design.
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