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Author Spotlight: Christopher L. Knauer

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Name: Christopher L. Knauer a.k.a. Chris O’Brian

Hometown: Stockton, IL

Book Title: ON THE AIR: My Life and 41+ Years In Small Market Radio

Genre: Autobiography

Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.

Christopher L. Knauer (CLK): It is an autobiography of my life and my experiences as an on-air radio personality.

DP: What made you want to write your book?

CLK: I was encouraged by many friends and relatives. In addition, the more I thought about writing my book I felt I had a story to tell. It was also my way of leaving a legacy to my children and grandchildren.

DP: How long did it take you to write your book?

CLK: Five years.

DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?

CLK: I did not use names in my book; instead, I described who I was talking about.

DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?

CLK: I step away from my writing and do something else. I then come back to the book when an experience comes back into my head.

DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

CLK: My favorite part to write was Chapter 7. It was the most enjoyable time in my career mainly because of the people I worked with and my radio listeners.

DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:

a. One character from your book:

CLK: My first general manager because he took a chance on me and gave me my first start in the business.

b. One fictional character:

CLK: God, He has been the ONLY one who has been with me through the good times and the bad.

DP: One famous person (living or dead):

CLK: Tom Hanks because he has been there and done that.

DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?

CLK: I enjoy writing lyrics and music & traveling.

DP: Do you keep a journal?

CLK: No.

DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

CLK: I went out to eat at my favorite restaurant and had a gathering of people within the building I live when I opened my first book.

DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?

CLK: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and the rest of the cast of Grease.

DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?

CLK: I enjoyed how helpful they were in all aspects of the publishing business to me as a first-time author.

DP: Five favorite books of all time?

CLK: Accidental Sales Person – Chris Lytle, Good Vibrations – Mike Love, The Smear – Sharyl Attkisson, Streets of Laredo – Larry McMurty & The United States of Trump – Bill O’Reilly

DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:

CLK: Follow your dream and strive to make it happen!

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