Patricia A. Knight is the pen name for an eternal romantic who lives in Dallas, Texas with her horses, dogs and the best man on the face of the earth – oh yeah, and the most enormous bullfrogs you will ever see. Word to the wise: don’t swim in the pool after dark.
What inspires you to write?
Poverty. LOL No, actually, I love to tell stories. I can’t get enough of good versus evil with the good triumphing at the end. I love romance with sexy heroes and self-sufficient heroines all wrapped up in some sort of epic/high fantasy, paranormal or western theme. I aspire (not there yet…still aspiring) to a LOTR with hot sex. *grin*
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a hybrid of outliner and pantster. I usually have an outline of plot points, POVs and character profiles that I start out with. I most definitely create character sketches before I begin but sometimes during the writing, characters will volunteer things about themselves that I hadn’t known. All my work is done on Word 2010. As I get drafts finished, I will send them to my Kindle to read them in the format that the readers will receive. Catch bunches of “oopsies” that way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am plagued by bossy characters who refuse to conform to the plot arc. Must be all those alpha males I write. *grin* I know my characters’ backstories before I even begin. As I write, they offer options for things they would rather be doing or dialog that might suit them better. With the exception of the male lead in my current WIP, all the heroes and heroines have had distince voices that spoke to me throughout the process. I think my current H is simply taciturn. I’m sure he’ll speak up sooner or later.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn your craft. There is no substitute for good writing. Take writing courses, attend seminars and read, read, read. You can have a head teeming with stories but it will do you no good unless you can put them down on virtual paper in a way that is coherent and entertaining for the reader. Find good critique partners. They will save your books and your sanity. Find a good editor(s). They will save your reputation. And finally, FINISH WHAT YOU START. Don’t let a hundred rewrites or hurtful critical comments jump your story off the tracks. Finish that book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew I didn’t want to self-publish. I simply didn’t want to work that hard. (Awful of me, I know.) I was picked up by a small publisher that gave me lots of input into the covers, editors, pricing, release dates…all the important stuff and I have been totally delighted. It has been everything I had hoped. The publisher takes on many of the time-consuming tasks that don’t involve sitting down and writing. I spend a certain amount of time every day on a variety of different social media sites and should do more blogging, but I am pretty happy with the freedom I have to simply write.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can’t see the ebook market as doing anything but expanding. With the entrance of the traditional publishers into the ebook markets at the same price points as indy publishers, I do believe there will be more quality control enforced by the marketplace in the form of readers being choosy about what they buy–insisting on a well-written, error-free product. It behooves indy publishers to step up their game and produce well-edited, well-written books with professional covers.
I think there will always be a demand for trade paperback and hardbound books. I don’t ever see that going away. This is where I’d like to see the smaller publisher and the indy publishers make some headway by placing their books in bookstores right beside the traditional publishing houses.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
erotic romance, futuristic romance, science fiction romance, epic fantasy romance, paranormal romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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