IT IS OUR GREAT PLEASURE AT MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TO PROUDLY PRESENT….
REGENCY ROMANCE AUTHOR: ERIN KNIGHTLEY!
Good morning, Erin, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!
Thanks so much for inviting me! It’s a pleasure to join you today
I’m a true romance lover, having picked up my first one in high school some fifteen years ago. I love nothing more than sigh-worthy happy endings – especially when the hero and heroine have to really work for it! I’m a night owl, and just as I used to read into the wee hours of the morning, I now write that way. There are so few distractions and interruptions at two in the morning, lol!
MBA&M: What inspired you to write this genre and the “Sealed With a Kiss“series?
I started off with contemporary romance, then found old westerns, but it wasn’t until I picked up a Regency set romance that I found my true love. I’ve been reading them for a decade, and when it came to sitting down to write my own book, there was never any question as to when it would be set: Regency England. The gowns, jewels, the titled men—what’s not to love?
MBA&M: How many books will be in the “Sealed With a Kiss” series?
I’m not entirely certain! I know for sure there will be three novels and one e-novella, but beyond that, we shall see. I still have two more siblings in the family to write about…
MBA&M: How let’s talk about some of the secondary or minor characters in “More Than a Stranger”,please tell our readers who your favorite is and why? And who would you like to see have their own story?Why?
From the moment my heroine’s brother showed up, I fell in love with him. Richard is funny, handsome as hell (Paul Walker comes to mind), and completely incorrigible. After writing a few scenes with him, there I knew he would be my next hero. The greatest challenge was dialing him back so that he didn’t steal the show!
MBA&M: What are some interesting facts you learned while writing or doing research on this series?
Oh, good question! Let’s see – I learned that there was no such word as “hallway” at that time! I also had to do some research into foxhunting, since I had no clue how it worked. After searching online, it belatedly occurred to me that my sister-in-law actually participates in modern-day foxhunts! She was lovely enough to tell me about how exhilarating the hunt could be. Oh, and I really enjoyed investigating what books would have been around at the time.
MBA&M: Which character do you most indentify with and why?
Hands down, I totally relate to Evie. She has a lot of me in her, but also a lot of what I wish I could be if I ever thought of snappy comebacks or clever rejoinders. I’m one of those people who will think of the perfect comeback – two days later! But I really related to her relationships with her siblings, her desire to be able to pursue her dreams (hello – writing!), and her need to take control of her own destiny.
Oh yes – the scene in the garden at night was absolutely my favorite. I could feel the cool night air, see the stars, hear them speaking – more than anything that scene was when they really came alive to me. It was also the scene that my brother chose when he was looking for inspiration for the original piano piece he composed as a companion to the novel (which is a free download at my website). My book trailer is actually just a music video that uses my brother’s song, some beautiful imagery, and some snippets from that scene: http://youtu.be/GLEXfxFgVJI
MBA&M: What is next in the “Sealed With a Kiss” series?
Book 2, A TASTE FOR SCANDAL, is Richard’s story and comes out in December, but we also snuck a little Sealed With a Kiss Christmas novella into the mix. MISS MISTLETOE will be out in early November, and begins at Evie and Benedict’s wedding!
MBA&M: What is the first book you remember writing? What genre do you enjoy reading? and Do you get lost in a book while reading it?
My first official book was actually MORE THAN A STRANGER, but I did win a Young Author’s competition in fourth grade with a short story I wrote about two siblings discovering a secret room in their basement. I’m still proud of that book! As for reading, I love romance—historicals mostly, but some contemporary—but I also enjoy YA, and some mainstream. The first author I ever adored was Clive Cussler and hiss sexy hero, Dirk Pitt. A good book, is a good book, is a good book, and when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what the genre is, so long as it keeps me up at night!
And yes, I totally get lost in books. My poor hubby learned years ago that if I’m reading, it will take physically shaking me to get my attention!
MORE THAN A STRANGER is in stores at Barnes and Noble, as well as online at Amazon, B&N, Walmart, and IndieBound.
Erin, do you have anything to add today?
Thanks so much for having me here today! Also, if any of you are anywhere near Anaheim, CA, I’ll be at the RWA “Reader’s for Life” Literacy Signing on Wednesday, July 25th from 5-8 pm. Come by and say hello!
Thank you for spending time with us and our readers! What a pleasure to have you with us today!
Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science. It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn’t any fun at all. Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.
MORE THAN A STRANGER
Reading level:Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback:336 pages
Publisher:Signet (June 5, 2012)
AN UNCOVERED BETRAYAL
When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend’s sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind. Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….
AN UNWANTED ATTRACTION
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams…and newfound desires.
AN UNSTOPPABLE INTRIGUE
Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…
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