Q & A: Mona Knight

Tell me a little about Banjo Flats

Banjo Flats is a western with a female lead. She is orphaned at a young age but she’s smart and learns quickly how the world works and puts that to her best advantage. She has a cool head, lives basically as an opportunist, but as the story unfolds, she begins to search for some deeper meaning to her life

Why did you choose this as the setting?

Banjo Flats is a fictitious town in what is now South Dakota. In 1873 it was still Dakota Territory. I chose this setting because this area in the south western corner of Dakota Territory is crossed by the Oregon Trail and a confluence of other trails that brought settlers across the American west.

Where do you like to write?

I prefer to write at home. I have a corner in our upstairs (which is one large room) that is fitted with a desk and drafting table and shelving for my books and drawing materials. Also my guitar, music books, and other personal equipment are kept there. My space. It’s where I concentrate best.

What is your birthstone?

The Opal

What is your astrological sign?

Libra (Sun) Pisces (Moon) Sagittarius (Rising)

What do you think was the most significant world event the year you were born?

I am not a political thinker, and while I researched 1948 for the answer to this question, I did not come up with a single most important event. There are a great many to choose from.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I don’t have any.

What is your favourite journey?

Going down to my well in the woods at the bottom of a ravine behind our house. A spring farther up the mountain feeds a beautiful brook there. It is the most restful place I have to go to.

What talent would you most like to have?

I don’t feel that I am lacking any talent. I may have too many to choose from (music, as in singing and playing guitar, or the arts, drawing and painting, writing) and therein lies the problem. One needs to focus on a single thing to become really good at it. I chose writing a long time ago. Writing helps me understand life.

If you could come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

If I could come back I hope that I wouldn’t come back as a thing, but if I came back as a person, I hope my memory would be intact so I could make a better job of it.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

A cloud.

If you were to host a private dinner party for writers from the past, who would you invite to your table?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), Somerset Maugham, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Herman Hesse, George Bernard Shaw, Alfred Lord Tennyson, certainly others who I don’t recall at the moment.

If you were to host a private dinner party for your mentors in life other than writers, who would you invite to your table?

I have been a loner most of my life and have had few people that I would consider as mentors. My father probably had the biggest impact on my life. I would definitely like to talk with him again.

What is your motto?

Never give up.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Personal Business.

Coffee or tea?

Either one – decaf

Favourite cuisine?

Plain home cooked food

Favourite comfort food?

KD

Least favourite colour?

Colours are affected by the other colours around them and in proper combinations any colour can be beautiful.

If you could patent one device what would it be?

A computer that I can relate to. I don’t seem to have a computer-logic brain.