Name Erin Knightley

Age: Old enough!

Where are you from: North Carolina

A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect:

I live with my hubby and 3 dogs in the boonies of North Carolina. I have a bachelor of science in Marine Science with a minor in geography. I worked in the sciences for years before jumping ship to pursue my dream of writing.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My 3rd book, FLIRTING WITH FORTUNE, just came out last month! This book features headstrong Beatrice Moore, who is the younger sister of Evie (More Than a Stranger) and Richard (A Taste for Scandal). She has met her match with Sir Colin Tate, the half-Scottish son of England’s most famous painter.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in 2008 as a stress reliever and, well, because I wanted to know if I could! I got serious about becoming a writer in 2010, and in 2011, I sold my first 3-book deal to Penguin.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Well now, you are looking at the 4th grade winner of Young Authors for Centerfield Elementary, my friend! I’ve always loved writing, but as I said before, it wasn’t until 2010 when I really started looking at it as a potential career.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

A job I disliked and a love of romance. I wanted to try my hand at creating that which I loved most: Romance novels

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to think that while each of my books are very different, my ‘voice’ still comes through. I prefer to write in a sort of melodic way, where each sentence pulls you right into the other. I like light humor, deep emotions, and of course, trying to capture the butterfly-inducing moments on the page! Also, my books tend to be sensual but without any scenes that would make my grandmother blush.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Titles are always decided on between my publisher and me. Although I like all my titles, not all have been my first choice! For example, A Taste of Scandal was originally titled Tempting Lord Raleigh.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Love always win, but only through hard work and compromise. I want my characters to grow from when we meet them to when they get their happily ever after.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

I always feel like the emotions are realistic, even if the exact story may not be. It was extremely unlikely for an earl to fall in love with a common baker, but that’s exactly what happens in a Taste for Scandal.  I also try to give my books great historical flavor, without bogging the reader down with the less unpleasant realities of that time period (chamber pots, disease, bad hygiene, etc).

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Nope! It’s all from my imagination.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

Historical romances, of course! After all, they led to my career. Many books by Julia Quinn, Mary Balough, Mary Jo Putney, Eloisa James, and more are still on my keeper lists.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Sabrina Jeffries is a local friend, and she had been wonderful in helping to guide my journey. Also, Catherine Gayle has been awesome with all my self-publishing questions for my novellas.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly. Great so far!

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Heather Snow, Maire Claremont, Jennifer Delamere, and Anna Lee Huber, to name a few that have begun publishing in the last year or two.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m putting out a novella, Scandalized by a Scoundrel, on Nov 15, and I’m finishing up edits for my 4th book, The Baron Next Door.  Very soon, I’ll be starting book number 5!

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

RWA, for sure! They have been vital to my success.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I am a full-time writer, and plan to be for a long time!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Yes and no! I’ve heard from some that they wanted more time in the hero and heroines happily ever after in Flirting with Fortune, but I felt it was the best ending of all my books! I may be putting a second epilogue on my webpage soon for those who want more, though 🙂

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve loved it for as long as I could string together a sentence. I still have my 2nd grade Young Authors book, even though it didn’t win

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Scandalized by a Scoundrel is a fun little romp of a story, where the hero teaches the heroine some self defense. Let me tell you, that led to a lot of eyebrow raising moments! It will be a fun read for anyone who enjoys novellas, I think.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Turning off the blasted internet!

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Julia Quinn. Man she knows how to be fun, engaging, witty, and still somehow heartwrenching!

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I don’t have to, but I enjoy attending conferences. It really recharges my creative batteries to be around other authors.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The art department at Penguin does my books, but my All’s Fair in Love series is self-pubbed, so I actually do the covers myself!

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Focusing. It’s easy to let yourself be distracted by the little things.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’ve learned patience, I think. You can’t be traditionally published and not learn a lot about patience!

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never give up, never surrender. It may take a long time to learn and perfect your craft, but it’s worth it to become the best writer you can be.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! My readers mean the world to me. Thanks for giving me your time and your trust – I do everything I can to make the experience worthwhile for you!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies

Love all forms of watersports.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching

Biggest Loser, The Voice, and The Big Bang Theory

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I adore baking, and did a part time cupcake baking business a few years ago. I might be happy to go back to it, but I’ll always be a writer, whether it’s my livelihood or not.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?

http://wp.me/p3uv2y-Du

I’m at www.ErinKnightley.com. I also can be found on Facebook.com/erinknightley and twitter.com/erinknightley

Thanks so much for the interview!