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Matt Knight, thanks for taking this interview. Bio: Matt Knight is a San Francisco-based writer and intellectual property lawyer. His writing crosses two genres: near-future fiction that explores the misuse of modern technology and the dark side of human nature, and women’s fiction focused on love, crisis, and personal growth. He holds a BS in pre-med from Pfeiffer University, an MS in biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a JD from the University of Houston Law School. Various careers seasoned his life in North Carolina and Texas – chemist for the EPA, researcher of urinary bladder cancer, editor of the Houston Law Review, and clerk for the Civil District Court of Texas – before culminating in a fifteen-year career in California as a biotech patent litigator specializing in genetic engineering. His publications have appeared in the New York Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, IBPA Independent Magazine, and the Houston Law Review, as well as his publishing law blog Sidebar Saturdays. You can find more about his books at MattKnightBooks.com. Can you please tell the story of how you became a writer and where you are currently at? I’ve always had my fingers in something creative. Whether making paper mâché puppets as a young boy or oil painting in college, creative projects fueled me. It wasn’t until after years of school and fifteen years as a lawyer, that I decided to ditch the legal gig for writing. Currently, my GPS coordinates are split between San Francisco and Maui. Mr. Knight, can you tell us that one story you wish everyone knew about yourself? You know that one story you’d tell if you had to introduce yourself to people? Hm, good question. I would have to say this: my love of ocean swimming. In particular, my love of ocean swimming in Maui. I often do marathon swims with friends. I’ve swum the ‘Au’au Channel, a ten-mile stretch of ocean from Lanai to Maui. I’ve swum from Maui around Molokini, a small crater about 4 miles off shore, and back. How can you not be excited to swim over brilliant colored coral and lave fingers where Honu turtles meander and pink-tailed Humuhumus flit. There are spinner dolphins and humpback whales, manta rays and psychedelic colored parrotfish and schools of yellow tangs. I guess I’m really jazzed about anything ocean related, really. I surf. I’m learning kite surfing now. The ocean is my happy place. Maybe one other story, which is a little more humorous, I accidentally (well, kind of sort of) took my parents to a nude beach on Maui. I wrote about it in the New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2TRWlrF). Mr. Knight, you are a writer. Can you talk about what you are doing and share any stories about The Writer’s Legal GPS? I’m currently working on two projects – a final draft of a near-future thriller, The Gene Pool (book one of The Residuum Trilogy), and an essay about an encounter with a shark during one of my swims across the ‘Au’Au Channel. I recently published The Writer’s Legal GPS: A guide for navigating the legal landscape of publishing for writers, agents, editors, and publishers who want to understand the legal risks and rights associated with publishing. It was a by-product of my publishing law blog at Sidebar Saturdays, which I designed to help fellow writers with questions about publishing law or legal scenarios in their fiction. It was my way to give back to the writing community.
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More from Pray for Peace. War is evil. War is crazy. Pray for Peace. No war with Iran.

Matt Knight, thanks for taking this interview. Bio: Matt Knight is a San Francisco-based writer and intellectual property lawyer. His writing crosses two genres: near-future fiction that explores the misuse of modern technology and the dark side of human nature, and women’s fiction focused on love, crisis, and personal growth. He holds a BS in pre-med from Pfeiffer University, an MS in biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a JD from the University of Houston Law School. Various careers seasoned his life in North Carolina and Texas – chemist for the EPA, researcher of urinary bladder cancer, editor of the Houston Law Review, and clerk for the Civil District Court of Texas – before culminating in a fifteen-year career in California as a biotech patent litigator specializing in genetic engineering. His publications have appeared in the New York Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, IBPA Independent Magazine, and the Houston Law Review, as well as his publishing law blog Sidebar Saturdays. You can find more about his books at MattKnightBooks.com. Can you please tell the story of how you became a writer and where you are currently at? I’ve always had my fingers in something creative. Whether making paper mâché puppets as a young boy or oil painting in college, creative projects fueled me. It wasn’t until after years of school and fifteen years as a lawyer, that I decided to ditch the legal gig for writing. Currently, my GPS coordinates are split between San Francisco and Maui. Mr. Knight, can you tell us that one story you wish everyone knew about yourself? You know that one story you’d tell if you had to introduce yourself to people? Hm, good question. I would have to say this: my love of ocean swimming. In particular, my love of ocean swimming in Maui. I often do marathon swims with friends. I’ve swum the ‘Au’au Channel, a ten-mile stretch of ocean from Lanai to Maui. I’ve swum from Maui around Molokini, a small crater about 4 miles off shore, and back. How can you not be excited to swim over brilliant colored coral and lave fingers where Honu turtles meander and pink-tailed Humuhumus flit. There are spinner dolphins and humpback whales, manta rays and psychedelic colored parrotfish and schools of yellow tangs. I guess I’m really jazzed about anything ocean related, really. I surf. I’m learning kite surfing now. The ocean is my happy place. Maybe one other story, which is a little more humorous, I accidentally (well, kind of sort of) took my parents to a nude beach on Maui. I wrote about it in the New York Times (https://nyti.ms/2TRWlrF). Mr. Knight, you are a writer. Can you talk about what you are doing and share any stories about The Writer’s Legal GPS? I’m currently working on two projects – a final draft of a near-future thriller, The Gene Pool (book one of The Residuum Trilogy), and an essay about an encounter with a shark during one of my swims across the ‘Au’Au Channel. I recently published The Writer’s Legal GPS: A guide for navigating the legal landscape of publishing for writers, agents, editors, and publishers who want to understand the legal risks and rights associated with publishing. It was a by-product of my publishing law blog at Sidebar Saturdays, which I designed to help fellow writers with questions about publishing law or legal scenarios in their fiction. It was my way to give back to the writing community.
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