- I hail from the east coast—a small town in north-western Maryland to be exact. I love that my town has all the quietness expected of a small town but is close to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore so I can still get in some city time.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- Actually a writer! My mom still has the first book I wrote and illustrated at age 6. And when I was ten I was already sending query letters to Simon and Schuster (who graciously rejected me, and told me to try again when I was a little older.)
Tell us about your latest book.
- My latest release, The Highlander’s Reward is the first book in my new series, The Stolen Bride series. They are an adventurous, sensuous group of novels that take place during Scotland’s War of Independence, and deal with finding love among and chasing inner demons. Here’s the blurb:
Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.
The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.
Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
- I am working on completely the final touches on the second book in the series, The Highlander’s Conquest, which will be released on October 1st (and possibly a week earlier!) There are currently six books planned in the series, set to release every couple of months. But there is possibility for the series to go on forever and I’m so thrilled to be able to bring such exciting, vibrant characters to life!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
- Returning to reality? Lol. All teasing aside, the challenge of writing for me is making sure that my characters hit an emotional chord with readers. I don’t want it to just be a fluff story, I want it to resonate.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
- Don’t give up. Follow the three P’s: Patience. Perseverance. Persistence. Nothing happens overnight, but if you work hard, learn your craft, hone your skills, roll with the punches and party with the highs, then you’ll do just fine!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
- No. I only suffer from procrastination. Sometimes I don’t WANT to finish a story. I don’t want to lose those characters. We’ve spent so much time together, loved, cried, sweated, bled. Saying goodbye is hard. I’ve been known to put off writing an ending for months…
Who is your favorite author and why?
- I have many favorite authors, but I will choose three to tell you about! Charlotte Bronte—because she was a genius with messing with character’s heads, but also how to redeem a character and give them a happy ending. Julie Garwood—she was the first Highlander romance I ever read almost two decades ago. She turned me onto the genre, and I thank her in part because she made me who I am today. She showed me that love exists and every person can have an HEA.Ken Follett—a master story weaver. He brings characters, trauma, history to life. I devour his books.
How did you deal with rejection letters?
- I still get them! I used to be upset. I would allow myself about 24 hours to mourn, to drink plenty of wine and down plenty of ice cream. Then I’d move on. Now, I just shrug and move on. Its part and parcel with the package. Nothing I can do about it. Just part of the business. The thing is now, that the industry has changed so much. If an editor doesn’t like my work, I can choose to submit it elsewhere or publish it myself and let the readers judge the work.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
- Computer. Writing program. Notebooks. Pens. Post-its. Research novels. Books to read. Internet. Writing friends. Chapter affiliations. Coffee.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
- LOL! I love this question! We do everything! Just today I was creeping stealthily through my living room to see how my body moved so I could write the description. If any of my neighbors witnessed that…wow, that would have been hilarious!
I’d love to give away an ebook copy of my newest release, Book One in the Stolen Bride series: The Highlander’s Reward, to one commenter—but you have tell me why you love romance! Contest is open to anyone and everyone! I’ll choose a winner by next Friday, the 31st. In order to enter, please leave your email address in the comments section with your answer.
And if you want to enter my Take Magnus With You Contest I’m holding on my website, please visit this link: http://www.elizaknight.com/p/take-magnus-with-you-contest.html
Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com Twitter: @ElizaKnight and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizaknightauthor