Interview & Contest: Eliza Knight

Jen: Our guest today is Carina Press author, Eliza Knight.  Please give her a nice welcome to Romancing the Book.  Eliza, will you please share a short bio with us?

Eliza: Thanks, Jen, so much for having me at Romancing the Book! Here is a little about me… I am Eliza Knight, award-winning, best-selling author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance! While not reading, writing or researching for my latest book, I chase after three gremlins aka children. In my spare time (if there is such a thing…) I like daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. I live atop a small mountain, and enjoy cold winter nights when I can curl up in front of a roaring fire with my own knight in shining armor. Eliza is also ½ of the writing duo, Annabelle Weston, author of erotic western romance.

Jen: Tell us about LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL.
Eliza: LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL is a Regency erotic romance novella. I am very excited about this tale! It is my first with Carina Press. Here is the blurb:

Invitation to Pleasure

As the wife of the elderly Earl of March, Olivia Covington has never known the intimacies of the bedroom. Though her curiosity is piqued by the shocking whispers of society ladies, she is too wary of causing scandal to indulge in an affair. But Tristan Knightley, Earl of Newcastle, tempts her to throw off propriety.

Tristan wants Olivia for his own, and has sworn off all others until he can rid himself of the obsession. He is sure once he has a taste, he will tire of her, and can return to his rakish existence. Unable to wait to have her in his bed, he invites her for a tryst at Lady Seductress’s Ball…

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Eliza: I’m not sure at what exact age I started writing, probably as soon as I could string the words together. My mom has a story from when I was in 1st grade about a little mouse who stole cheese. I wrote it, illustrated it, made a cover and everything. When I was in 3rd grade, I had a story published in an anthology our school made. I was a reporter and the newsletter editor for my high-school newspaper and in college joined the school paper for short time. My first romance was published in 2008. I’d been working on writing romance for publication for about a year and a half, having joined RWA and many of its sig chapters a year and half before that. My first “call” story was actually an email. I’d gotten so many rejections I just expected the email to be a rejection. But it wasn’t! It was an offer, and since then I’ve had over a dozen stories published.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Eliza: This is a difficult questions because I do both… For novellas, I’m a tight plotter, and there is little variance from the plot from start to finish. With my novels, I plot, but I’m a lot looser, because things tend to change. When I’m writing with my writing partner, it’s more of a flying by the seat of our pants.

Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?

Eliza: I don’t struggle with deadlines. I actually love having deadlines, because without them I tend to procrastinate, and can get very side-tracked with research. Having a deadline keeps me in line—and more often than not I beat my deadlines by about a week. Same thing with pressure. I work much better knowing there are people counting on me. If I didn’t have deadlines or anything like that I’d spend a lot more time reading and daydreaming!

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Eliza: Oh, the magic of love! The connections between people, watching them go from just two ordinary people who’ve met, to a couple who can’t live without each other.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Eliza: For me the most challenging part is ENDING a story. Once I get to the point where I only have a few chapters left, I will find ANYTHING to do other than finish the story… I hate to say goodbye (hence the reason I also love deadlines…). The easiest is coming up with the characters. They just come to me, and demand I tell their story. The most rewarding is when I get an email or note from a reader who has really enjoyed the story. I love to be able to give them those moments of joy.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?

Eliza: Yes, they most definitely do! They take over! I have been known to walk around in sort of a haze for days and weeks when I’m in the middle of a story because I pretty much just live and breathe the characters. Sometimes scenes come to me in my dreams.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Eliza: As an author I’ve been inspired by Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Ken Follett and Stephen King. As a romance author I’ve been inspired by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Jude Devereux and Julie Garwood.

Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?

Eliza: I buy a bottle of wine with a sale, new contract and a release! With releases I like to celebrate with my readers and give away copies and prizes.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Eliza: This past month saw the release of three new e-books (LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL & HIGHLAND TRYST by Eliza Knight & MR. TEMPTATION by Annabelle Weston) and a print book (MEN OF THE SEA) for me… which was pretty busy. Next is two more western erotic novels by Annabelle Weston to release this year (SCANDALOUS WOMAN & NOTORIOUS WOMAN). For Eliza, I have a medieval novel in the revision phase as well as a Regency novella in the revision stages.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Eliza: I can be found at…
Website: www.elizaknight.com
Blog: http://historyundressed.blogspot.com / http://romancingthepast.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ElizaKnight
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/elizaknightauthor

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Eliza: What draws you into a romance?

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  • The prize is a download of Lady Seductress’s Ball.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, January 22.

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