Today I’m hosting a special guest, Angela Knight! She’s here to tell us about herself and the first book, Paladin, in her newest series Graven Gods. (It’s an erotic romance with fantasy undertones so it is only suitable for mature audiences, but I’ve taken extra care to make sure this post is PG.) Before we tell you more about the book, Angela is going to introduce herself.
I’ve been writing erotic romance since 1996, when my first novella appeared in Secrets Vol. 2. In June, 2004, Jane’s Warlord, my first novel, was published, followed by FOREVER KISS in July, 2004 the antho HOT BLOODED in September, and MASTER OF THE NIGHT in October. MASTER OF THE MOON, my next book, hit the USA Today list for three weeks, much to my amazement. Since then I’ve been writing like a lunatic and having a wonderful time.
I’ve been married to a wonderful man for more than twenty years now. He’s a senior investigator with our county sheriff’s office. As a result, I know an awful lot of cops, which is one reason I love putting police procedural elements in my fiction. I also spent ten years as a reporter, which gave me a collection of war stories you would not believe.
My husband Mike and I have one son, Anthony, who is in his twenties now.
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About the Book
Struggling novelist Summer St. Clare can’t remember her murdered mother’s face, or most of her childhood before the age of twelve. The only constant in her life is Paladin, once her imaginary childhood friend, now the handsome detective of her urban fantasy series.
There’s nothing imaginary about Paladin now. Hot, seductive and dangerous, Paladin blurs the line between fantasy and reality. The passion Summer experiences in his arms makes her question what’s real — or whether she cares.
Someone else believes in Paladin, and he wants Summer dead. Her confusion mounts when she fights off five attackers with a display of dazzling martial arts skills she doesn’t remember acquiring. As she searches for answers and runs for her life, her dream lover becomes more real with every kiss.
Keep reading for an interview with the author:
Why did you decide to be a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old. I love creating worlds and watching my characters live and love in them.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, erotic romance, and romantic suspense.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy taking two people who believe they couldn’t be worse for each other, and watching them discover they make each other MORE than they would have otherwise been. I believe love makes you a stronger person as you learn from each other. Love requires work and sacrifice, which is why real life marriages often fail. People put the blame for problems on the other person rather than examining their own faults and trying to become better people themselves. I like exploring that kind of deep emotional change, because I learn from them, and I hope the readers do too. A good book is like a thought experiment, giving you an opportunity to imagine WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. What would I do in this situation? These books help me discover myself.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
When I was nine. I was very proud of “The Mouse Who Went to the Moon.” I can still remember how delighted my mother was with. From then on, I always had a book going. It was many years before I finished one, but I was always writing.
What is the biggest obstacle you face as an author and what do you do to overcome it?
Production. There are days when I desperately want to write, but I don’t know where to go next. I can’t move forward until I figure out the next logical place for the story to go.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author?
A woman once told me that when her baby was sick with a heart condition, my books kept her from going nuts. There is NO better compliment for a writer than someone telling you that you make her pain easier to bear.
Have you ever had a particularly harsh critique? How did you handle it?
Oh, yeah. Thirty years ago, my first editor shredded me like a cat taking apart a catnip mouse. He’d piss me off so much I’d stalk back to my desk and rewrite, swearing I’d make him eat his words. Just recently, he told me how proud he was of everything I’ve accomplished.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
The same advice I give everybody else: Keep writing. If you picked up a guitar for the first time, would you expect to play like Bruce Springsteen? Nope. You have to learn to write just like you have to learn to play an instrument. Your first tunes are going to suck, but keep writing until they don’t.
What made you decide to self-publish?
My New York publisher told me paranormal was dead. I didn’t believe them.
What fears do you have about writing and being an indie author? How do you cope with your fears?
I’m afraid I won’t be able to produce enough books to take off. I deal with my fear by coming up with the coolest ideas I possibly can and having a hell of a great time writing them. If I have fun, I figure the readers will have fun too.
What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time just trying to take an idea– a writer whose character comes to life, for example; and I try to work out how to do that idea in an entirely different way than anyone, including me, has ever done that idea before. Then I plot it, dictate a rough draft into my smart phone, transcribe the file with Dragon Naturally Speaking; rewrite the hell out of it, and get my dear friends and editors to poke holes in it. I then fill in the holes, rewrite some more, send it off for editing, and put it through four or five complete edits until I’m reasonably happy. Then I publish and pray.
Are you a pantser or outliner?
Outliner. If I don’t know where I’m going, I get stuck every time.
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
Working out how my weird-ass ideas connected to form a logical whole.
How do you market/promote your work? Have you found something that works really well for you?
Mostly I use Facebook.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
You have to be willing to write shit, yet keep writing anyway until you become better. Writing has a looooooong, steep learning curve; damn few first novels are fit to read.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy Paladin as much as I did writing it.
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