My guest today is Kristina Knight, a fellow member of the Maumee Valley chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Kristi had three books published last year by Crimson Romance and was up for Best New Author of the Year in the Sizzling PR blog poll. She has truly been an inspiration to the rest of us in the group!
Welcome to Susana’s Morning Room, Kristi. It’s an honor to have you with us today. What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always had a love affair with books. First it was reading them, but before long I was daydreaming along with the books I read. When I read Grimm’s Fairy Tales I wanted to change them to be happy stories, and when I read The Three Musketeers I wondered what might have happened if the Musketeers had been girls like me…eventually, the stories in my head were all my own and I wrote them down.
What advice would you give writers just starting out?
Keep learning. Take workshops, practice, practice, practice…and own what you write. Don’t make excuses for writing romance or fantasy or whatever you write. Own it.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I don’t believe in writer’s block, actually. That doesn’t mean I wake up every day cheering about my story. Some days I hate what I’m writing, but I think a lot of writers get stuck or go in a wrong direction and blame writer’s block rather than trying to work through the problem. Instead of completely stopping my progress, I look at the chapter or maybe 2 chapters before the spot that is giving me problems and try to figure out where I’ve gone wrong.
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
Characters and usually a beginning scene…and from there, the rest falls into place.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
What a Texas Girl Needs is the second in my Texas Girl series. Vanessa wasn’t always Vanessa, though…she started out her fictional life with a different name. It wasn’t until she admitted her name was Vanessa that the story got rolling.
Are you working on something at present you would like to tell us about?
I just turned in the third Texas book, What a Texas Girl Dreams, to my editor…Monica is the third and youngest of the Texas sisters and she’s more opinionated, stubborn and mushy than the other two combined! Oh, and I’m starting a new project this week that has a suspense edge to it – having a lot of fun with that!
What are you reading now?
I’m reading the Silver Creek series by Delores Fossen; I read the first book and loved it then realized there were five more. I’m devouring them right now and I’m already sad that there is a set number of books…
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I like so many authors for so many different things. Nora Roberts does things with character is just floor me, Karin Tabke has a way with suspense that just…wow. I love Suzanne Enoch’s strong heroines and if I could write a love scene like Kate Walker…Oh, sigh.
What is your work schedule like when writing?
It’s as random as it is when I’m not writing. I have a four-year-old daughter, a radio show and I’m also a non-fiction writer. So everything gets squeezed in where it fits for that day. My M-W-F mornings are fairly routing – I take the kiddo to school and then write until 11:30 when she’s released. But other days I may write in the morning or late at night…it just depends on what is going on.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’m blessed that I get to write every day.
What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why?
How about food type? Anything Mexican—quesadillas, fajitas…Love, love, love authentic Mexican food. Um…my least favorite is probably liver and onions. I had to eat it as a kid and I’ve never made it as an adult…
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a pant-lotter. I’ve found that an outline can help me keep the story elements in place. But I’m not rigid about the outline. Elements may get moved around or changed completely. Most of my outlines barely resemble the finished book, but it works for me.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book. Where would you most likely want to go?
Since it’s barely 20 degrees today and there are about six inches of snow on the ground, I’m going to the Caribbean. I don’t care where, but take me to a beach!
Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
I love the Joan Wilder quote from Romancing the Stone—’you’re the best time I’ve ever had’. I love the sentiment of that.
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.
What a Texas Girl Needs
Vanessa Witte is ready to finally claim her life. The middle of three daughters born into the Witte family – a powerful Texas name—she’s been content to float through life. Being dumped by her shady ex? A blessing in disguise. Having a one-night-stand with Matias Barnes? Not one of her more stellar moments. But she’s back in Lockhardt with a secret and a reason to start fresh: a baby.
Matias Barnes knows all about society women—it’s part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. He doesn’t like the endless string of parties, the inane conversation, or the gold-digging tricks those women have perfected. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting Vanessa Witte. Mat knows she’s so not right for him, but with her back in Lockhardt, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?