Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi, Fiona. And hi, Fiona blog readers! <<waving>> I’m Dee S. Knight and I write erotic romance. Age? Let’s just say I’m old enough to know better and don’t care.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in the American Northwest in a state known for potatoes, except where I live we’re more known for wheat.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
My dad was a career Navy man so we always lived in cities and near military bases. I grew up to have a healthy regard for the military, and I show that in my latest book, Naval Maneuvers. After high school, I returned to Virginia for college—and because my boyfriend was there. (The heart wants what the heart wants, right?) We dated for seven years and then married after a nine day engagement. Two years later we sold everything we had and went on the road as a husband and wife truck driving team, and then became involved with computers. I’ve done lots of things—librarian, teacher, trainer, editor, and (of course) writer. Writer is what I’ve liked best!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Naval Maneuvers is just passing its 4-month date. I hope another book will be released this summer. It’s one of a trilogy (the Good Man series) about three brothers in North Carolina.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started in the summer of 2002. My husband was finishing a contract job in South Carolina. We knew we weren’t going to be there very long, so instead of looking for work, he advised me to write a book. I thought, Sounds easy, and sat down to do it. Crazy, but sometimes the best things in life come from a crazy idea.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Um, do I now?? I guess when my third or fourth book was accepted I realized that I might have a knack for writing. I still held down other jobs, though.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
We had lived in San Francisco and one of the buses that went from downtown down towards Pier 39 was so packed at evening rush hour that people hardly had room to move at all. I thought there was the chance for mischief and mayhem on that bus, and that became the idea behind Impatient Passion. One of my readers called it “the buss book.”
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t remember, lol! The heroine was impatient for changes and she took them as soon as they were offered, so maybe that’s what I had in mind.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I sometimes find it hard to find new and different ways to express the sexual activities my characters take part in for erotic romance. Especially when there are several such situations in each book. And I wrote a few ménagebooks. I found it challenging to keep all the body parts straight. 😉
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think we all write about things in our lives. There is usually some version of my husband in every book, and I often depict my mom and her twin sister in my books—they are characters in themselves!
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Do I have to travel? No. Do I wish I had to travel? Yes!! Because we travelled so much trucking and then lived in so many different places while hubby contracted throughout the country, I can usually draw on those locations as settings. I did travel for a weekend to Beaufort, South Carolina for a weekend once to study it for a book, but that was mainly because I wanted a weekend in Beaufort!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For most of my books at Liquid Silver, the very great April Martinez did the work. She is a fabulous artist and her work is so amazing. Jessica Greeley designed the cover for Naval Maneuvers, and I love it!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wrote Naval Maneuvers with the men and women of the Navy in mind. I knew something of the life required not only of the service member but also what the families go through and I wanted my admiration for both to come through. But for the most part, I just hope readers enjoy my work and find a little release from the everyday world and some entertainment between the covers. If that leads to entertainment between some bed covers, too, that’s extra special!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I really enjoy Jan Selbourne. Her book Perilous Love is masterful! Patricia Elliott is a writer I enjoy. I like Lauren Layne and Lauren Blakely a lot. I’ve recently discovered Jenny Holiday. There are so many great romance writers that it’s fun to find someone new.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
That’s hard. For the longest time, my husband is the only person who said to do it and has supported me all the way. Part of that is because I didn’t tell anyone else—I was embarrassed to be writing erotic romance! But I got together with a few girlfriends about a year after I was first published and lo and behold, one of them had purchased Passionate Destiny! She couldn’t put it down. And I guess that encouraged me as much as anything to stick with it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’m retired now, so I see it as a retirement fund. I hope!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I wrote the book I wanted to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
For the book that’s coming out soon, Only a Good Man Will Do, I had to learn a little about custody rights. For Naval Maneuvers I had to ask my expert hubby about mechanical parts on a lift truck. Generally, my books are contemporary, so I don’t have to do a lot of research like a historical author would do.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, I have three leading men and women because Naval Maneuvers is three novellas joined together. I go to movies so infrequently, I’m not even sure who to name as leads.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
You don’t necessarily have to write what you know—that’s what Google is for. But you should write what you love. That makes the whole process easier. Stick with it!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love you and thanks for enjoying my work!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m in between books on Kindle right now. I recently finished The One Man (Andrew Gross—not a romance but so engrossing), I Flipping Love You (Helena Hunting—loved it!), The Proposition (Jan Selbourne—so good! A real mystery) and Shenanigans (Gail Koger—oh my gosh, I laughed out loud).
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. It was probably Misty of Chincoteague or a Nancy Drew.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love to laugh and do it often. It doesn’t take much. Hubby has always been able to make me laugh, which maybe accounts for our many years of marriage. And cry? I can cry at the drop of a hat. I cry when I’m sad or happy or frustrated or angry. I cry during Hallmark card commercials and any sappy thing.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I suppose there are many, but one that comes to mind is Laura Bush. She just always seemed like a woman who would be fun to have a cup of coffee with. She’s quiet and gracious, even in the face of attack.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Reading. 😉 I used to crochet a bit and do counted cross stitch, but I gave it up when time was short and now I don’t have as much interest in it.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch a fair amount of realism TV, like the HGTV house renovation shows and Food Network. But I also like the real dramas on Investigate Discovery network. For more entertainment, I like Instinct, Elementary, and SEAL Team. And of course, I watch quite a few of the Masterpiece Theatre and Masterpiece Mystery series
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Pork chop, green, country—although my favorite singer was Andy Williams and my favorite song is Moon River, so not totally country
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’m retired now so I’d do the same as I’m doing. But if I were still working, I would do some form of writing and/or editing. I retired from an editing position and I’ve also worked as a technical writer, so either of those I could do again.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my hubby. I don’t live close enough to my mom to spend them with her, but if I were with my husband and mother, I would die happy.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She was a good person who liked to make people smile. But the stone cutter might have to lie just a teeny tinesy bit!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! My website is for a group of writers, and we have something for everyone who likes romance. It’s https://nomadauthors.com. The blog site is http://nomadauthors.com/blog. I can also be found on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/DeeSKnight and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/DeeSKnight2018. I’m always interested in feedback, so my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bio for Dee S. Knight:
A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors: htpps://nomadauthors.com.
Naval Maneuvers blurb:
Men and women of the armed forces experience desire and love pretty much like everyone else. Except, well, there is that uniform. And the hard-to-resist attraction of “duty, honor, service” as a man might apply them to a woman’s pleasure.All things considered, romance among the military is a pretty sexy, compelling force for which you’d better be armed, whether weighing anchor and moving forward into desire, dropping anchor and staying put for passion, or setting a course for renewed love with anchor home.
Weighing Anchor (allowing a ship to move forward by retrieving the anchor): A professional woman sworn to avoiding all things military finds herself in love with a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Love won’t conquer all if she allows her childhood memories to eclipse future happiness.
Dropping Anchor (securing movement by dropping the anchor): Two people find (surprisingly) that they are both in the Navy and love their chosen professions—until one turns out to be an officer but not a gentleman and the other is a gentleman but not an officer.
Anchor Home (safe, smooth sailing): When two former lovers find each other after more than a decade, will a long-hidden secret threaten the course of a rekindled romance or be the cause of it?
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Thanks so much for this interview, Fiona!