Friday, March 21, 2008

Star Light, Star Bright....Interstellar Interview with Angela Knight

Angela Knight is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id.

Besides her fiction work, Angela's publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company's SECRETS 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work and asked her if she'd be interested in writing for Berkley.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Angela for a couple of years, so when I pictured who I’d love to kick off the Star Light, Star Bright…Interstellar Interviews with I knew she was my first choice. But I had to ready myself for her to say no, since she is a professional author on tight deadlines. When she said she’d be able to squeeze me in, I was over the moon, and as she says “doing the snoopy dance”.

I hope you enjoy the interview, and by all means if you have questions you’ve been dying to ask, please post a comment below! And if you're in the mood to gush over her writing, do!


How important do you think it was to be a reporter before you became a full-time author? Do you think it gave you insights you otherwise wouldn’t have had?

It really did provide me with insights. It also taught me how to put your butt in the chair and work. When that 6 pm. Deadline rolled around, you had to have that story IN whether you knew what to write or not. So the discipline was important. So was the experience of listening to cops on the scanner, going to crime scenes, going to fires, watching cops and firefighters and even school board officials at work. If you read my books, you’ll see all those people doing their jobs. The reason Diana was a city administrator in MASTER OF THE MOON was because I was so impressed with the Woodruff city administrator at the time. The town in MASTER OF THE MOON is basically Woodruff, very thinly veiled.


I’m certain your readers have favorite characters, but do you have a certain heroine or hero you’re fonder of? Can you tell us whom your readers commented on most?

You know, I love all of my children in different ways. I do have some I’m really fond of for various reasons. I adore Rance Conlan in SHIFTER, for example, because it’s only a 100 pages, yet he’s so very THERE there. I really think that’s one of the most successful books as a story I’ve ever done.


In your latest anthology SHIFTER, did you consult with the other ladies included or merely write toward a common overarching goal?

Nah, you consult with your editor, then you do your own thing.


Can you walk us through a usual writing day, if such a thing exists? Do you have anything, say a favorite pair of jammies, that you love to wear/use when you’re writing?

I tend to wear sweats. I try to write 10 pages or so, though I cut it back to five because I’m having back problems. And I usually hit the gym after I finish writing to burn off some energy and avoid problems with my back and stress.


In your career to date, what do you think has been the most surprising achievement you’ve received? Is there something you never expected to achieve, but have?

I was nominated for a Career Achievement award for Paranormal Romance by Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine this year, which absolutely flabbergasted me. I had no idea it was coming, or that I would be considered for such a huge honor so soon in my career.


I know you mentioned your Yahoo Group members in your non-fiction book, PASSIONATE INK and found that you have 660+ members. What can your current members and newbies look forward to by being a member?

Oh, it’s up to 1784 now. Wow. I started it with 25 in 2001. Dayam. Anyway, I send them excerpts of whatever book I’m writing, along with pictures of the nekkid men I render in Poser, which is a three-d computer graphics program. I like to send them love scenes a lot. They’re the first to know what I’m working on, and I generally noodle and ask advice about my new ideas. And also, I have all these other writers in the group – some of the group became writers after joining. So they send in bits of their stories and their love scenes too. So it’s fun.


Lastly, can you give us any hints on what you have lined up for the future including what you’ll be up to at RT’s conference in April?

Well, I’ll be doing several panels on vampires, and I’ll be signing copies of SHIFTER and PASSIONATE INK and DARK ONE. SHIFTER and DARK ONE are anthologies. DARK ONE has a short story of mine in it, and it’s from Changeling Press, and SHIFTER is from Berkley and has a novella of mine. And PASSIONATE INK is my guide to writing erotic romance. I’ll also be going to San Francisco for RWA July 30-Aug. 2, and I’ll be signing my new novel, WARRIOR, there. Look for me at the Reader’s event on Wednesday, July 30.

If you'd like to learn more about Angela's novels and see her fabulous artwork, go to her website!



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8 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Angela. boy! did I check in at the right time. Had to take a break from my writing. You've been a wonderful inspiration to me. I could look to you and say, she's writing the genres I write and she's successful. So, I kept writing and submitting and now I'm e-published, writing Book II, and have several novels contracted. And I was told my novels will eventually be in print.
A big intergalactic thanks! And another big hug of congratulations on your RT award.

Angela said...

Thank you, Savanna. I'm thrilled to be interviewed here. :) I really appreciate the exposure!

Angela Knight

Skylar Masey said...

Angela~

After reading "Mad Dog Love" I have 2 questions for you.

Have you used this "universe" before?

And do you plan to use Zarifa and/or Rance again in a longer novel? I for one would love to see them again! 80 pages was way too short! Lol!

I just got back from the bookstore and am bummed. They didn't have Mercenaries! A RT post-er reminded me of the title :0)

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Angela! Thanks for interviewing with Skylar. It's always great fun hearing about our favorite authors and what they're doing. I've got several of your books and enjoy reading them over and over :D

KimW said...

Browsing around in the wee hours of the morning.

Congratulations on your Career Achievement award! I'm adding Shifter to my wish list. When life gets a little crazy, it's nice to have the shorter stories to read.

Skylar Masey said...

Hi All!

The drawing has been done combining the posts here and at MySpace, and the winner is....Sabrina Luna!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats Sabrina!

Angela said...

Congrats, Sabrina.

Sorry I took so long to get back here. BAD writer.

KimW -- Thank you! I'm thrilled. It's just a nomination, but it's wonderful.

Skylar -- That's the first time I've used that universe, but my editor and I are discussing doing another novella there. It's got a lot of possibilities, IMHO.

Thanks for having me!