You’ve got an impressive list of titles to your name. What’s the most unusual
source of inspiration for a story you’ve ever had?
First, thanks for asking me to visit. I love to talk about writing romance. Today we can all use a little bit of love, I think. Now, on to the questions.
Would you believe my most unusual source of inspiration was an opera? I was driving on the interstate, on my way to teach a writing class at a local college one night and I was listening to our classical music station. (Yep, I’m into classical music.) They were playing the last act of Faust. There is a beautiful chorus at the very end as the heroine kills herself. Yeah, I know, most operas end tragically. So I’m driving along listening to this music, and I suddenly a get a clear vision of a woman dressed in medieval garb, kneeling before a knight. She’s crying and saying something about her baby. I was so stunned, I pulled into the service plaza and sat there. At that moment, Heartsong was born because I had to find out why that woman was crying. I went to class and during the coffee break the plot began to form. It took a couple of years and a lot of rewrites, but Heartsong ended up being an award winner and one of my favorite books. From it was born the whole medieval ‘song’ series.
Ever experienced writer’s block? If not, what’s your secret; if yes, what’s your cure?
I think every author I know has experienced writer’s block. I personally either switch genres or take time out and read. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll drag out the crocheting or the knitting. I have an afghan I started 10 years ago that’s not finished, a hooked throw rug, a third of the way finished and during the last batch of writer’s block I knitted a sweater for my granddaughter, then age nine. She’s married now and has just had her first baby. So usually switching genres works for me.
‘Crazy 4 U’ and ‘Hug Me’ are good, but if you could create a new candy heart saying, what would it be?
In today’s society I could probably get away with something gross, but I won’t say what they are. My brain says one should say, ‘Read Me’. I also like ‘Kiss Me’ and ‘Let’s Cuddle’. Would that fit on a heart? As you can see, I have a very simple mind.
What type of gift would the main character in your latest novel like to receive for Valentine's Day?
I take it, we are talking about my last published novel, ‘Windsong’. My heroine in that book was a lovely lady, a bit shy, and she thinks of herself as a coward. Of course, she’s not, and she is not a person interested in expensive gifts or things costing a lot of money. She’d be thrilled with flowers, or time spent with the love of her life. Remember, this is set in the
`13th century and Valentine’s day was not a time for gift giving.
What’s your latest novel about, in 25 words or less?
At the moment, I’m working on the edits for a contemporary, to be released in May. This one titled Betrayed Bride.
Samantha wakes from a coma, her memory of the last year gone. When she remembers, she discovers she's been betrayed by everyone important to her.
Where can we learn more about your books?
You can visit my web site, www.AllisonKnight.com or go to Champagne Books and search for Allison Knight.
You’ll find titles and excerpts of the books in both places. I also have a blog, www.AllisonKnight.blogspot.com and I enjoying posting on several romance loops where I get a chance to talk about the digital market, writing and the curves
life throws your way.
Thanks for having me.
Thank you, for being here!