Kathryn Knight is the author of two paranormal romance novels, "Silver Lake" and "Gull Harbor."
Published in August 2012 by The Wild Rose Press, "Silver Lake" was a finalist in the 2013 RomCon Reader's Crown Awards. "Gull Harbor" was released in February of this year and remained on the Kindle Bestseller list for 19 consecutive weeks.
Currently working on her third novel, a young adult paranormal romance, Knight took time out of her busy schedule to share her story as a writer—where she gets her ideas from, what she does in the face of writer's block, which authors she'd like to meet, where she likes to write, and more.
Tell us about your book!
"Silver Lake" is both a love story and a ghost story. The basic premise is a reunion between a group of former friends who became estranged when their friend Brandy vanished during their senior year of high school. Five years after Brandy's disappearance, the group agrees to reunite at a lake house from their past in a final attempt to solve the mystery. The main character, Rain Anderson, is determined to find closure for Brandy's terminally ill mother, and she's also anxious to try to reconcile with Jason Lansing, the man whose heart she broke back in high school.
As the paranormal activity at the lake house escalates throughout the summer, it becomes clear that Brandy's ghost has a message to share, and she's desperate enough to put her friends in danger in order to expose the truth.
What inspired you to write your book, and where do you get your ideas?
I've been an avid reader since I was very young, and when I wasn't reading, I was making up stories in my head to entertain myself. When I was about 9, I read the classic young adult novel "Jane-Emily" by Patricia Clapp, which is a very sweet historical paranormal romance. From then on, ghost stories mixed with romance have always been my favorite. I love the blend of a suspenseful, spooky ghost story combined with a tension-filled romance, and that's what I set out to write. I had the entire "Silver Lake" manuscript pretty much written in my head before I typed even one word.
What's your process like? Do you ever experience writer's block, and if so, how do you manage it?
Despite having the plot of "Silver Lake" done in my head, it took me 2 ½ years to complete a first draft. At the time, I held two part-time jobs, plus I have a busy family that includes two boys and a number of rescued pets. Once "Silver Lake" received a publishing contract, I was able to devote more time to writing, and my second novel, "Gull Harbor," was completed in nine months.
My imagination is always working, so I carry pieces of paper around to jot down scenes or dialog. When I do encounter writer's block, I don't handle it very well—but at that point my husband talks it out with me, and together we can usually work out what is tripping me up. If all else fails, and I'm truly just not finding any inspiration at the moment, I take time off. It's difficult, but I have to believe it will come back to me.
If you could meet three authors, who would you choose and why?
That's a tough one! I love to read so much, it's hard to even narrow it down to three authors I'd like to meet. George R.R. Martin, the author of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series from which the show Game of Thrones was developed, would be one. The books in the series are incredible, and he is a brilliant writer. But mostly I'd press him to find out what's going to happen, since the series is not yet complete, and there are many cliffhangers still out there!
Diana Gabaldon, author of the "Outlander" historical romance series, would be another. She created the unforgettable character of Jamie Fraser, a highland warrior in 1743 Scotland. The range of emotions she makes you feel as you are reading her books is truly amazing.
Judith McNaught, who also writes historical romance, would be my third. She is a master at creating tension and conflict between her characters. The settings she chooses (usually high society England in the 1800s) are always lavishly described and accurately depicted.
What's your favorite place to write?
I like to write at my kitchen island. During the day, it's peaceful and sunny and near the coffee machine. But I stay there in the evenings as well, so I can be close to my family. It may not always be as productive, but since I might have part of the story pop into my head while I'm making dinner, I can type it right up easily.
When it's time for final edits, though, I have to go into my bedroom, shut the door, and put up the "Do Not Disturb" sign. The final edits before I sign off on a galley copy are the most stressful, because there's no going back after that, even if I found a small typo later. It's done, and off to formatting and printing.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am one chapter away from finishing my third manuscript, which is a young adult paranormal romance. My current publisher does not accept YA novels, so I'll be shopping around a bit. I'm very excited about this one—the paranormal element involves the Nephilim (half humans, half angels) from the Book of Genesis.
What's one question you wished I'd asked you?
I think we covered most everything, and I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed! I'll add that authors love to hear from readers—nothing makes my day like a quick note from a reader telling me how much they enjoyed my books. With social media, it's become very easy to connect. Most authors are on sites like Facebook and Twitter and have a personal blog site as well (mine is Kathryn Knight books).
Writing can be a very solitary endeavor, so hearing from satisfied readers, via a review, an email, or a post, reminds me why I began this journey in the first place!
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