Today I am thrilled to have with me Kristina Knight!
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, three-year-old daughter, and twenty-year-old fur-kid. Happily ever after.
What is your favorite thing about being a writer? – My favorite thing about being a writer is that I get to experience a lot of different jobs, places and I'm always meeting new people. It's also the best excuse I've found for people-watching, one of my favorite hobbies.
What genre(s) do you write? – I write contemporary romance.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?- editing is always the hardest part for me. When I'm writing the first draft, I'll do small things like spelling or grammar fixes, but I leave the big edits for a week or so after I finish the draft. That space helps me see errors I made…but sometimes fixing those little glitches is downright painful!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?- I'm a pant-lotter. Yes, I made up a new word. I usually have an outline – major scenes or events I want to write. But it's a very loose outline and rarely does the outline match exactly to the final book.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?- that love really does make things better. Opening yourself up to love is a beautiful thing. It's scary and it hurts sometimes, but it's definitely worth it.
What other careers have you had?- I was a television journalist for 10 years – and some of the stories I covered for the news were way stranger than any fiction I've read or written!
How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?- I'm quirky, silly and a bit of a romantic.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?- They are very proud of me. Although my daughter, who just turned 4, thinks it would be better if there were pictures in my books!
Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?- I'm much busier, because along with writing the books now I have to promote them. But the trade-off is great because I've met so many amazing writers (and readers!) that I have a constant source of encouragement and ideas!
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?- I'm a multi-tasker who works well with deadlines – I think it's my years in TV news. I usually only have 1 first draft, but as I'm editing that draft I usually start a new project. That new project is a carrot to sit my butt in the chair and finish edits, which are not my favorite thing!
When not writing, how do you relax?- Water sports relax me. So when I've just finished a book, I'll reward myself with some pool time or maybe a day spent with the family jet-skiing or going to a water park. I could float for miles and miles and hours and hours…if only my sunscreen would hold up!
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases. – What a Texas Girl Wants is my debut novel; it is out June 4. My second book, The Saint's Devilish Deal was just picked up by my publisher and will be out in the fall…and I'm working on two new projects which will – hopefully – be released early in 2013!
You can find Kristina Knight on the web!
www.kristinaknightauthor.com, www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor, www.twitter.com/authorkristina, www.pinterest.com/authorkristina
Buy link for What a Texas Girl Wants: http://www.amazon.com/What-Texas-Girl-Wants-ebook/dp/B008195BIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336496939&sr=1-1
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?