Good morning/afternoon/evening all!!
So I spent over an hour browsing for a book to read last month. I alternated between Amazon Kindle and iBooks on my iPhone (iPhone 5, in WHITE, in case you’re interested). I love reading books, regardless which genre they fall in, so spending this long to decide on which book to read was both slightly surprising and frustrating.
But then I finally found it! The Robber Bride. A piece of advice (not that I ever follow it!) – Never start reading a book before bed because, unless you have full control of yourself, you won’t stop until you finish the book. I loved the book! The story was so sweet. The tingly feeling, the emotions, the humour, everything! Of course I finished it at the early hours of AM, then reread it again the following day after work. I decided to read another book written by Ms Jerrica Knight-Catania. I ended up choosing A Gentleman Never Tells. Went through the same process. Then, went back to The Robber Bride again. Suffice to say, I love her books!
Therefore, I just HAD to have the lovely Jerrica Knight-Catania on my ‘Interview’ list. And the amazing author agreed to be interviewed!!
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The short answer: Julia Quinn
The long answer: I was taking a break from performing/auditioning in NY, and decided to start reading just for fun. I had never even heard of Regency Romance, but I spotted a Julia Quinn novel in B&N one day, and the premise sounded AMAZING! (An Offer From a Gentleman, for those who are curious). As soon as I started reading, I felt like I was “home.” And after devouring all 8 Bridgerton novels, I knew I wanted to write Regency Romance!
Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?
See above. LOL! There’s just something so romantic about the Regency Era.
If I was going to go back in time, that’s definitely where I’d go!
Research can be difficult sometimes – finding that balance between telling a romantic story and appeasing the historians can also be a challenge. But a fun challenge, nonetheless 🙂
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?
When I read a book, I want to have both “Laugh out loud” moments, and moments where I can’t hold back the tears
So that’s always my goal in writing too 🙂
When do you find the best time/place to write?
My new couch has become my favorite spot. And I like to hit the ground running first thing in the morning after I drop my daughter off at school. If I start the day doing other things, I have trouble getting into the groove.
What is your favourite book that you have written?
I still think “The Robber Bride” is my all-time favorite. The prologue came to me years before I wrote the book, so Victoria and Phineas were knocking around in my head for a long time. I probably know and understand them better than any of my other characters.
What is your favourite book that you have read and author?
Oh, goodness. I think my all-time favorite Regency is Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. That one got me right in the feels. But in addition to Lisa, I owe my career to Julia Quinn, Stephanie Laurens, Sabrina Jeffries, Jillian Hunter, and Lauren Willig. I used to read them voraciously, and I’ve got favorites from all of them.
You’re advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
Just keep writing…and reading…and researching!
I had no idea what I was doing when I sat down to write my first book, but I obsessively read and researched and spent hours writing, even if I knew it was crap. Just keep going.
Favourite colour: PINK PINK PINK!
Favourite flower: I love most flowers, but I think tea roses are especially whimsical.
Favourite food: I love all the foods!! Mac & Cheese is an all-time favorite, fried rice, pad thai, hole-in-the-wall Mexican, pasta, breakfast foods, chicken & waffles… do I eat these foods often?? No 🙁 My day-to-day is very clean eating for the most part, but set me loose on a cheat day, and woah! I can pack in some food! LOL!
Favourite day: I’m going to be annoying and say, “Every day is a gift!” lol.
If you were to create your own fantasy land, how would you describe it?
Ooh! Probably like Care-a-lot… or Canterlot… or Disney World (without the crowds)… or Hogwarts without the threat of evil… I could probably go on all day!
Thank you for having me! This was so much fun! 🙂
Jerrica has a couple of upcoming projects, so keep an eye for the following dates!!
On the 3rd of November, the next installment of the Danby Christmas Summons Anthologies will be out! Check out the blurb for Jerrica Knight-Catania’s Gabriel’s Christmas Wish below.
Gabriel Whitton isn’t thrilled he’s being forced to go to Yorkshire for Christmas this year, but he’s willing to make the most of it in his comfy room with a bottle of brandy and a warm fire. But when his pestering sisters force him out into the cold, he finds something far more interesting than a bottle of brandy. * Sara Beth Millstone has a secret that hardly anyone in town is privy to, so it’s rather alarming when she realizes the handsome new stranger has figured her out. Now she must decide between her pride and what could be true love.
On November 26, she’ll be teaming up with other amazing ladies with the Forget Me Not anthology for charity! They will be donating all proceeds to benefit Alzheimers and brain health! Check out the blurb for Jerrica Knight-Catania’s The Knot, below.
Ethan Masters never imagined he’d go for a girl with a tattoo, but when he learns the story behind Madison Kennedy’s mysterious design, all he wants to do is take care of her. But Madison is still struggling with great loss in her life, and is terrified of getting close to anyone ever again, especially someone as perfect as Ethan Masters.
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