An Interview With Author, Paula J. Knight
Where are you from?
Glen Dale, WV
Why do you write?
Probably because I am driven to share experiences with people
What inspired you to write your first book?
A friend of mine was diagnosed with HIV and I was afraid I would forget him so I started a journal. That turned into the first book, UNTIL I SEE YOU
What genre do you typically write?
I started with adult contemporary romance but have moved on to romantic mysteries
Do you feel like you have a specific writing style?
According to definition, I am a pantster! I have a concept but I don’t outline. I just sit down and open a vein, so they say.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
The first book took three years, but I would say now it is about 6 months from concept to finish.
What do you do to conquer writer’s block?
I really believe in Stephen King’s mantra that there is no writer’s block. When you are stuck it is because you don’t like where the story is going. Go back to where the block began and change it.
What can you tell us about your favorite character from your book?
I really love the nerdy hero, Carlton Barr. He is not what he seems and definitely is aligned with the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’
What actor or actress would you like to see play your character in the movie adaptation
I think that Johnny Galecki from “The Big Bang Theory” is perfect for Carlton.
Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that inspires you?
Oh boy. This is a loaded question. I have so many. I would have to say Diana Gabaldon, who’s works have stayed fresh for decades. She isn’t afraid to offer a powerful heroine.
What book are you reading now?
Owen’s Daughter by Jo-Ann Mapson
What are your current projects?
I have two irons in the fire right now. I am halfway through the second book in the Talia V Deadly Romance series, Rare Rosaries, which takes place in Malta and Milan. I am also working on a children’s book for my granddaughter.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I think it is my best work.
Can you share a little of your work with us?
Definitely! Here is a short excerpt from Rare Rosaries:
They enjoyed the closeness that the small dance floor provided. In order to not bump into or step on someone’s toes, they were required to be very intimate, their bodies brushing against each other with every step. Talia had not felt this secure in a very long time. Carlton’s arms were a welcome change from spending every night in Paris alone. She, however, was still not willing to pay that price for the loss of her freedom.
When the boat pulled into the dock the crowd drifted in the direction of the exits. Carlton and Talia hung back, savoring their time together. As they neared the gangplank, Talia pulled on his sleeve.
“What now, Carlton? Back to the villa?”
“No, as much I would love to take you back to the villa, I need to take you to your car and see you home. It wasn’t my intention to have a carnal lunch with you earlier today, but you instigated it, my dear. I have wined you and dined you this evening and that is the end of it for now. Perhaps I will see you again before you leave for Paris. But for now, I feel the need to leave you wanting more, not less, of me.”
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
What I find challenging is also what I find exhilarating! I love doing research because I want my readers to feel like they are there with the characters. I spend a lot of time authenticating my story.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you think you might want to try writing, do it! I never thought I could write a novel, no less 5 (So far)! Go with your gut! Trust yourself! It is a very cathartic ambition. GO FOR IT!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am nothing without you! I love to hear from my readers and I take your suggestions and ideas very seriously. I have incorporated many suggestions from you in the past. Thank you!
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