I'd like to welcome fellow Crimson Romance author, Kristina Knight to my blog. Today I downloaded the first chapter of her book, What A Texas Girl Wants and before I even finished reading the first chapter, I bought the book. The opening has a great hook and reels you in! I look forward to reading more. Kristina was kind enough to stop by for an interview.
GR: Tell us about your book…
KK: What a Texas Girl Wants is a reunion/marriage of convenience book, set on a Texas horse ranch. Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
GR: What was the inspiration for What a Texas Girl Wants?
KK: I kept having this image of two people waking up alone and kind of befuddled on a beach. And then a Toby Keith song, 'Stays in Mexico', came on the radio and I just knew what was going on with these two people on the beach…and the story rolled out from there.
GR: Did you sell the first book you wrote?
KK: No. The first book I wrote is a truly horrible work of fiction that started out as a romantic comedy and then a random dead body showed up and…well, things just kept going from there. But I *do* think the characters are salvageable…so maybe it will get new life at some point.
GR: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
KK: I call myself a pant-lotter. Because I've found working from an outline helps me stay on track…but that outline is really just a general guideline. Once I get into the story, there is no telling where we'll wind up!
GR: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
KK: Believe in your book. Early in my writing career I was a waffler. A good friend (from my TV news days) told me to stop waffling and start believing in my book. In other words, to take myself seriously. I think you can go too far with that seriousness, but if we, as authors, don't believe in our work why should anyone else?
GR: What started you on the road to writing romance?
KK: I've always loved romance novels. I started reading them as a teen and never turned back, so it was natural for me to write in the romance genre once I decided to go for it. I love the character explorations you can do, I love the variety of romance…and I love that falling in love feeling!
GR: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
KK: I remember both, actually. One was a YA romance called P.S. I Love You – it was full of teen angst and a cancer diagnosis and unrequited love and…oh, I cried over that book. I actually still have it, tattered pages and all. After reading that I was out of reading material and so I started stalking my grandmother's bookshelves because she left handy little notes on the front pages – VG (very good), VVG (very, very good) and DNS (do not share). I totally stole all her DNS books…most I returned. But the first I read was Snow Bride by Margery Hilton. I think it was her heroine, Lissa, who made the book for me. She was strong-willed, she had no one to lean on and yet she tried to make her life work. I loved that.
GR: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
KK: Ummm…everywhere? Is that an acceptable answer? Seriously, if I could I would travel to every place I write about…that is actually feasible so instead I do a lot of picture-surfing, explore the Fodor's and travel websites and get my fix that way!
GR: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
KK: I love this question. And I always answer it differently depending on my mood. Here goes: Being the practical sort I am, I'd love to have a Dummies Guide to Surviving a Desert Island…The Princess Bride (yes, it's a movie *and* a book!)…and just because I love her, something by Nora Roberts!
Thank you Kristina for stopping by!
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