Tuesday, October 9, 2012

An interview with Kristina Knight

It is always an honor when Kristina Knight drops by my blog!

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. 

Why do you think people should choose your books over another author? – This is one of those questions that is hard for me to answer because I'm soooo not a 'buy my book it's the bombdiggity' kind of girl. At least with people I'm just meeting. That said, I do love my characters and stories and they're lonely over there on the shelf, so go pick one up, k? J I think people should try new writers, in general, new books, new genres and get out of their comfort zones. Literacy is a precious, precious thing – in the pages of a book you can visit historical times, 'see' the Eiffel Tower or the Egyptian Pyramids. Books open other worlds to us and so, whether you're reading my books or someone else's, my main goal is to get people reading.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? – That we all wear masks, sometimes even with ourselves, and that to find true fulfillment we have to take those masks off, accept ourselves, love unconditionally and strive for those unreachable goals. OH! And sex can be absolutely as fabulous as it is in books…you just have to try harder!

What books or authors have most influenced your life?Mark Twain's writings – any and all. He had such a mastery of description. I'm awed by his work. Laura Ingalls Wilder – she taught me that it was okay for a girl to be rambunctious, curious and that we could do and be anything we wanted to be. Nora Roberts because she's Nora. Hollah! Shakespeare because he wrote love like no one else!

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?- my family has been so supportive! My husband has my book covers hanging in his office, my mom and mother-in-law tell everyone they meet (including grocery store clerks and random people on the street) about my books. I am so blessed to have a core group of believers around me – they keep me going, for sure!

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?­-Yes and no. I'm as busy now as I was before but it's a different kind of busy. I have to fit promo in with writing and home-making and toddler-raising and general wifery. I've definitely learned the power of 15 minutes and I multi-task with all my might!

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task? – I'm a multi-tasker: I usually have 1 draft going, 1 project in edits and from there I try to get promotional plans in place for my next book(s).

When not writing, how do you relax?- Will you think I'm a lush if I say alcohol? Okay, we won't go there! Actually, I'm really a lightweight when it comes to drinking and my husband and I aren't much for the party scene. We can usually be found doing the dinner-and-a-movie thing when I'm off deadline, hanging around our pool or playing with the kiddo. Oh, and baking has a really, totally calming effect on my. Baking is my zen.

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself. – * I'm the baby of our family and the middle-sister all in one (because my parents had 2 'sets' of kids – there are almost 10 years between me and my younger siblings). * I love dark chocolate and if that dark chocolate is made with sea-salt I'm in heaven. *Las Vegas is my favorite city. Ever. *My daughter believes I'm the best thing ever and I'm sticking with that assessment as long as possible – she's 4, I figure I have less than 10 years left. * Romance makes me laugh, cry and makes the world go round – that's my favorite thought.

Thank you so much for hosting me today! I've had a ball!

Looking for Kristina? Here is where you'll find her online.

And how about a little bit about THE SAINT'S DEVILISH DEAL...
The Saint's Devilish Deal is a contemporary, reunion romance. Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance's villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end hotellier jobs, she's coming home to run the villa.

Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire - and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.

Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially when she learns Santiago's brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.

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  1. Hi, Bernadette, thanks so much for hosting me today! And, readers, if you have a question for me, shoot!

  2. Terrific interview ladies! I always learn at least one more thing about you Kristi!

    Congrats on your awesome year and having 2 wonderful books out! (and I still think you are totally blessed by the cover Gods...you have some gorgeous covers!)

  3. Great interview! I think your kid will think you're the best thing ever always!

  4. aw, thanks, D'Ann...I hope so!

    Christine, thanks, it *has* been a great year!! And I agree - couldn't be happier with my covers. ;)

  5. Great interview!! I love the questions and answers!! So nice getting to know you better, Kristina! And congrats on the release!! Book sounds fabulous!!

  6. Loved this interview, and I think D'Ann's right. Even if she thinks you're less than perfect for a little while, she'll be back!

  7. Liz, you just gave me a big grin...that is something to look forward to!

    Jennifer, thank you for the compliment - I love my Saint!!