Today I’m pleased to host romance author Kristina Knight, who’s here to share some insight into her work as well as some info about a great 10-book boxed set, SHADES OF DESIRE, coming out June 8th!
What drew you to writing romance when you first started out?
I’ve always loved romances. As a kid, I gravitate toward happily-ever afters and then as a teen I found a stash of my grandmother’s Harlequins and devoured them. So it was a natural step to start writing them, too.
Your tagline is “Contemporary Romance with Sass”. What does this mean to you as an author?
For me, it means a heroine who knows what she wants and, even if what she wants scares her a little bit, is going to go after it. Also, most of my characters (heroes and heroines) are a bit smart-alecky because what’s life without a little snark and sass?
What are your favorite types of heroes and heroines to write about?
The broken ones! The characters who seem to have everything figured out and then…realize they don’t. Those stories are so satisfying as both a reader and a writer. I just love them.
You’ve written for Harlequin, Crimson Romance, and self-published a couple titles. Can you tell us a bit about how those publishing experiences worked for you?
My agent calls me a hybrid and I absolutely love it. My very first book (which became a series) was contracted with Crimson. I learned so much about my crutch words from my editors (thanks, Jennifer and Julie!!). I wrote another series, this time for Harlequin, and learned more about story development from my editor there (thanks, Ann Leslie!). What I like about working with my publishers is the support I get on covers and blurbs, advertising and promotion. Self-publishing is completely different – everything falls to me. Covers, editing, story development, advertising and promotion, and that is envigorating and challenging…for me, hybrid works.
Why did you decide to pursue self-publishing/indie-publishing for two of your titles?
One of my publishers was bought out by another and I didn’t feel the buy-out was in my best interest. So I took back that title. At the same time, I had a book with a publisher that was a bit of a hard sell, and I needed the ability to use pricing strategies and other indie tools to really take advantage of trends. Those two ‘experiments’ have been successful, and I’ll add more self-published titles this year. I’m really excited about it!
Every author has a favorite character. Who’s yours?
Gosh, that is so hard!! I don’t want to make any of my characters mad….let’s just say every one of them has a special spark for me.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced on your journey to publication?
Rejection, rejection and rejection. Seriously. Rejection letters hurt. Revise-and-resubmit requests that are summarily rejected hurt. It’s hard to put your heart into a book and then learn no one wants to buy it. The key is to keep moving forward, keep improving on your craft and keep believing in your stories.
What advice would you give to aspiring and new authors?
Don’t give up. Writing is a hard profession and you’ll be told no way more often than you’ll be told yes, but don’t give up. Believe in yourself, believe in your stories and keep writing!
Is there anything you’d like to share about your next writing project?
I’m on deadline with my third book for Harlequin’s Superromance line and I’m so excited about it! At the same time, I’m getting ready to release a new trilogy of sexy romances set in the rock star world…it’s a fun time, for sure!
Tell us a bit about your upcoming release. What do readers have to look forward to in this great 10-book set?
Shades of Desire is such a fun book bundle! You’ve a little bit of everything from spicy contemporary to paranormal, a little suspense, some comedy and, of course!, happily ever afters in each one.
Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.
J.A. Coffey – Bestselling Author
Divorced certified fraud examiner Jessica Barlow catches liars for a living. Sparks fly when she’s assigned to investigate a dating website owned by a man determined to guarantee she finds love, even if he has to pretend to be a client!
Wendy Ely – USA Today Bestselling Author
Sometimes good men are taught to do evil things and it takes the strength of a sheltered woman to make things right. When Gabi learns of her father, she is asked to leave for her own safety. Fine. She’ll go… but she is taking her secret love with her, even if it’s at gun-point.
Dorothy Callahan – Bestselling Author
A DECADE FOR DARIUS
Jess never forgot her first kiss, especially since it came from the guy who taught her everything she knows about antiques, her livelihood. But if she wins the priceless inheritance, Jess will risk losing Darius Covington all over again.
Diane Escalera – Bestselling Author
STILL HOT FOR YOU
Shay LaCosta screwed up a damn good marriage. Now she’s on a mission to get a little submission, and get her hunky husband back in her bed.
Lena Hart – Bestselling Author
HIS BEDPOST QUEEN
Athena Lewis has a sharp mind and an even sharper attitude. Except when it comes to “Davie,” the only man who’s ever truly made her feel safe. Yet to protect the only family she has left, she must embark on a mission that goes against everything she believes in, and that includes using the last trick she has left. Her body.
Chanta Rand – Bestselling Author and Debut Author of the Year
Thrown together for ninety days by a spiteful judge, womanizing attorney, Cayson Sullivan and street-smart hustler, Destiny Jackson find the only thing they can agree on is their red-hot attraction for each other.
Emma Leigh Reed
Pregnant and running from her abusive boyfriend, Chloe Wilder takes refuge in the sleepy coastal town of Arden. Police chief, Jayden Peterson, thinks the worst crime that could happen in Arden is jaywalking. Could the real danger be the two of them falling for each other?
Cindy Stark – Bestselling Author
Battle-worn soldier, Jerry returns home intending to avoid his ex-fiancée. The shrapnel that wounded him pales in comparison to the gash she left in his heart. Kimber lost everything when she broke off her engagement, and she’ll fight to win him back.
Valerie Twombly – Bestselling Author
Armand has lost everything. His magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, but a newcomer to town may be his savior. When evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.
Kristina Knight – Bestselling Author
Dumped by her celebrity boyfriend, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash needs a break. But, between the male escort trying to get into her bed and the tabloid reporter intent on getting her story, Casey might have been smarter to stay in New York…
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