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Susanne Marie Knight: Writing Romance With a Twist
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
No, I didnít. Even though I always did well on school writing assignments, it
took me a long time to figure out that perhaps I should make a career out of
writing. I drifted into creating stories on my own--the more I wrote, the more I
enjoyed it, be it novels, short stories, or even business letters! I love to
combine fantasy with my own particular kind of reality; thus my motto: Romance
Writing with a Twist.
What have you found to be the
best experience(s) since you began writing?
The most rewarding part of
writing is receiving feedback from readers. Itís always a thrill and an honor
to hear how my writing has touched peopleís lives. One reader said not only
did she reread my time-travel Regency, Timeless Deception, but the second
time while reading it, she was so engrossed she almost missed her train stop!
And a fan wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed Past Indiscretions because
I ďcleverly bring together the past and mythology.Ē To hear how your book
touches a readerís heart is the ultimate compliment, and all fan letters are
next best part is to have your work recognized by professional writing
organizations. Iíve been blessed by having The Coming win the Dream
Realm Award for Best Speculative Fiction Romance and Janus Is A Two-Headed
God win the P & E Poll for Best Science Fiction Novel. Iím also a five
time EPPIE Award Finalist. What a fantastic rush!
Where do you get your
To develop stories, I love
to let my imagination roam by playing the ďwhat ifĒ game. Here are just a
few examples: What if ďhaving a nice spot of teaĒ took on a sinister
meaning? (Tainted Tea For Two) What if a Shakespeare-quoting ghost found
a way to avenge his death? (Grave Future) What if a golden coin had the
power to change oneís fortunes? (The Magic Token) What
if a lonely woman's dream man turned out to be her arrogant, new boss? (Love
At The Top)
also enjoy using bits and pieces from real life to help
inspire me. For example: in
The Reluctant Landlord, young Freddy likes to insist he's the Duke of
Wellington, a hero from the Napoleonic Wars. I can thank a child from my
daughter's pre-school for this. Out of the blue, a boy walked over to me and
with a serious face, told me he was Batman!
Alien Heat, secondary character of Will Flagg was inspired by a boy I
knew in seventh grade, and generated this passage: "There were two things
Will Flagg hated above all else. The first was to be called 'short.' The second
was to be a disappointment to someone he thought highly of. Unfortunately, the
latter was just about to happen."
I was writing Past Indiscretions , I created the Colby clan with three
boys and a girl. One weekend, my family met a couple with three boys and a girl
in the same birth order. My daughter mentioned, "Mom, they all have the
same face. It's scary!" I pounced on this sentence because it was a perfect
fit, especially since my book deals with cloning.
Describe the space where you
Iím extremely lucky to have my own office space... cluttered with books,
files, pictures, computers, etc. Yep, Iím a junkie for business
supplies--colorful paperclips, file dividers--you name it! But my most important
ďaccessoryĒ was my Siamese cat who kept me company by lying next to the
keyboard. He used to sun himself to sleep under the desk light. I still miss my
you feel pressured when you sit down to write, to live up to the standards that
readers may have set for you?
This is a very interesting question! Yes, I do feel stressed about it.
Writerís insecurity, I guess. I always wonder whether my current work will be
as satisfying to my readers as previous ones. Also, since I write in many
different genres, I hope my readers cross over to another genre and find they
enjoy a different type of story.
involved do you typically get with regards to cover art for your books?
Iíve been fortunate in that Iíve had a great deal of input for most of
my books. Iíve also been blessed in working with some wonderfully creative
artists. Lately Iíve been doing my own covers. Examples are Lucky 13, Have
Christmas Card... Will Travel, Competitors!, Janus Is A Two-Faced Moon, and Regency Society Revisited.
you work on multiple projects at the same time?
I think the nature of the publishing business is juggling books and time.
While Iím writing my work-in-progress, I usually must stop to handle details
on contracted books in the publishing queue. I might have to promote, do edits,
or prepare promotional material. Sometimes an opportunity arises where I need to
write a short story. If inspiration hits, Iím also writing down ideas for
future stories. So thereís always something going on!
Out of all of the characters
that youíve written, who is your favorite and why?
question! For my heroines, Iíd have to pick two. Lexia Cappello in The
Contrary Contessa is the one heroine most unlike me. I truly enjoyed
ďlivingĒ in her world. What a saucy minx! This Regency is flavored with
Sicilian cooking, giving it a special little twist.
also Sophia (Sam) McLaren in Janus Is A Two-Headed God. She is extremely
devoted to her sick brother, a quality I find very admirable. I had fun with her
intergalactic journey to the fabled center of the galaxy.
for a male character, Iím in love with all my heroes, so how can I possibly
If someone hasnít read any of
your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
any title is a great place to start! I write Regency, science fiction, suspense,
paranormal, and mystery. Whenever Iím asked which book Iíd recommend for a
particular reader, I always ask about his or her interests to help narrow the
choices. For Regencies, Iíd say Have Christmas Card... Will Travel.
Itís a whimsical story thatís perfect for the upcoming holidays. For a
classic English murder mystery, I recommend Tainted Tea For Two. For
those who enjoy science fiction and sequels, then itís Janus Is A
Two-Headed God, and the sequel Janus Is A Two-Faced Moon.
Angela: What do you hope for your writing career in the next few years? Any goals that you have yet to obtain that you have set for yourself?
of my writing hopes is to complete a new book every year. These past few years
have been so busy that I havenít been able to accomplish this. Also, every
year I hope to write a few short stories for publication. My ongoing goal is to
increase the readership of my books. In any case, my mission is to continue to
bring entertainment, adventure, and rollicking good fun to all my fans!
you, Angela, and All Romance eBooks for giving me this opportunity to connect
with your readers!
Award-winning author Susanne Marie Knight specializes in Romance Writing with a Twist! She currently has sold 34 books including the Dream Realm speculative fiction winner The Coming and science fiction romance winner Janus Is A Two-Headed God. Originally from New York, Susanne lives in the Pacific Northwest, by way of Okinawa, Montana, Alabama, and Florida. Along with her husband and the spirit of her feisty Siamese cat, she enjoys the areaís beautiful ponderosa pine trees and wide, open spaces--a perfect environment for writing. For more information about Susanne, please visit her website at www.susanneknight.com.
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