Hello all! Today I’ve got a great interview with the wonderful Erin Knightley. You may recognise her from her various books and novellas, such as, Ruined by a Rake and Scandalised by a Scandal. I’ve wanted to put up the interview weeks, but I have the same excuses for the delay (happens when you immune system and nervous system decide to not listen to you!). But, it was a lovely interview, with a great author.
Ha – it all came down to having a really, *really* stressful job. I was at my breaking point, and was contemplating what else I could do. My husband asked me what I would do if I could do anything, and without hesitation I said, “Write!” The rest is history 🙂
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
I chose historical initially because that was what I had loved and read almost exclusively for a decade! It was exciting to create my own word. I’ve also done some contemporary recently, most notably my novel with James Patterson’s BookShots imprint (LEARNING TO RIDE), which comes out on July 5. Writing in the modern world was a whole new ball of wax!
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want to the reader to feel when reading you book?
All the feels, lol. I want laughter, heartache, satisfaction, happy sighs – that works. Every word on the page is agonized over so I can make the story as rich as possible.
What do you enjoy about writing?
Wearing PJs to work 😉 I also love/hate the process of plucking a character from my head and making them as real as possible. They even surprise me sometimes!
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I’m a night owl, so I really enjoy the peace and quiet of late night writing.
How can I choose? They are all special for different reasons. I did love all the baking I got to do for A TASTE FOR SCANDAL, and THE VISCOUNT NEXT DOOR is the only book I’ve ever sobbed at while writing.
What is your favourite book that you have read? Who would you classify as your favourite author?
Oldie but goodie: HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS by Julia Quinn. As for an author, how can I choose between my peers??
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Be patient, be persistent, and take critiques with a grain of salt.
Favourite colour: Blues and greens
Favourite food: Steak and chocolate – though not together 😉
Favourite day: Whatever day I get to spend with my hubby 🙂
If you were to create your own fantasy land, how would you describe it?
More water than land, unlimited fruit trees, sunny days with plenty of shade, and very, very few people, lol.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating stories that really mean something to readers. When I hear from people in difficult situations who say my books brought them joy and helped carry them through, I’m deeply honored and humbled.
Erin’s next book, LEARNING TO RIDE, a short contemporary novel presented by James Patterson, is out soon. Links and info here.