Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kristina Knight Visits

Many years ago, I was blessed to find a friend and a critique partner, Kristina Knight.  One of the funniest, nicest people you could ever happen to meet, I am thrilled to announce Kristi's debut book, What A Texas Girl Wants, was released from Crimson Romance on June 4th.  Thanks for visiting me today!
 
 
D'Ann: M&Ms, Chips 'n Dip, Jell-O Shots…what's your snack of choice when you're on deadline?
 Kristina: thanks for having me today, D'Ann! Great conversation we're having! Ummm, I'll take a little of both, actually. I like a little salty and sweet together. So I throw a few chips in a bowl, crunch them up and toss some M&Ms over the top. I know. Weird. But it keeps me going.
 D'Ann: What most surprised you about the publishing process?
 Kristina -- so many things, but I think the biggest surprise was how approachable my editor was. From the beginning she has been available to answer my thousand questions...and she's never once told me to go away. At least not yet. Also, that it's so fast. I know print publishing is different, but Crimson is an e-house, so from the date of my acceptance, it was 4 months to publication!
D'Ann: When the writing gets tough, who do you lean on?
Kristina- my DH first. He always listens, although he has no idea what I'm talking about usually. His advice is usually to go with my gut, one of the many reasons I love him - he really believes in me. After that, I have a core group of online friends who are my go-to girls. They listen, celebrate, commiserate and then kick my butt to get going again.
 D'Ann:  What are you listening to right now and does your listening choice influence your writing?
 Kristina: I just made a new playlist, actually, because I've started a new book. It's eclectic, like all my playlists - a little Lady Antebellum, some Smokey Robinson, The Pogues, Madonna...it's a little nutty. Music does influence my writing. For drafting, I listen to light jazz or moody blues (depending on where I'm at in the writing), when I'm planning a book and editing, I'll listen to my playlist over and over because the songs chosen for it reflect some aspect of the book for me. Music definitely keeps me on track.

Tell us one interesting thing about this book or its characters that didn't make in 'between the covers'?
Answer --- the original meet-cute! Jackson and Kathleen met in college but the book takes place 10 years later. I made the meeting - in which there is a collision - into a prequel, and it's a free read on my website.

 
Blurb:
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?

Sensuality Level: Sensual


Bio:  Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she's never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.

This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

What a Texas Girl Wants is available now from www.CrimsonRomance.com.

 B&N ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-a-texas-girl-wants-kristina-knight/1110496096?ean=9781440544637 )
 

39 comments:

  1. Good interview! I like your thoughts about listening to music, Kristi. I feel that way too. Some songs just go with certain parts of the book. Good luck with your book! It's on my TBR list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Allison! I couldn't live - at least not sanely- without music.

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  2. Always great to learn a more about you Kristi...I like salty and sweet too...but not sure I could do crushed up chips with m&m's...lol!

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    1. Once you try it, Christine, you'll never have another salty/sweet combo!

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  3. Love how you ladies did these interviews! Have Kristi's book downloaded and will be reading it right after D'Ann's! Can't wait! Lovely interview, ladies!

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    1. Isn't D'Ann's book fab? Hope you enjoy Texas Girl, Jennifer!

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  4. Thanks for having me over, D'Ann! We should have play dates more often!!

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  5. Turn-about IS fair--loved the pairing of the two interviews today.

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  6. Hi, girls. You play nicely together! LIke that salty sweet. I M & Ms and salted peanuts together.

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    1. I'm not a fan of salted peanuts - shhh, it's a secret! I do like M&Ms with cashews, though...Heck, I like M&Ms with everything. Except pickles. That's just weird.

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  7. I love reunion stories! Congrats on the release!

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  8. D'Ann and Kristina,

    How great that the two of you are both published together by the same publisher! The books sound like wonderful reads. Congrats!

    Jacqueline Seewald
    DEATH LEGACY--romantic suspense from Five Star/Gale

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline! It's been a fun ride, for certain!

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  9. Good friends together with the same publisher and coming out with their books at the same time. God loves you both!! Congratulations!!

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  10. I love the "wake up" and find you're married trope. Congratulations on your release. It sounds great - and since I am a Texas girl I may have to read your story! LOL

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    1. I'd love that, Casea - and if you pick it up, hope you love it!

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  11. Critique buddies. Published at same time. What's next - NY Best Seller list together?

    Congrats.

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    1. ...from your lips to God's ears, Daryl!

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  12. Sounds like you've both had a wonderful time since meeting each other. Nice one and good luck with dem book sales.

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  13. Congrats on the release, Kristina! I'll be checking out your story soon. Wishing you tons of success in the future. Awesome interview, ladies.

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  14. Congrats Kristina, great interview. And another book to add to my list. Best of luck.

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  15. Congrats, Kristi!!!! I can't wait to read this book.

    Good luck with your sales. Great interview, girls.....

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  16. Hey Kristi. Nice interview. I know this book has got to be a winner.

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    1. Thanks, Shawn! It is definitely a favorite of mine... :)

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  17. Hi Kristi - Great interview. I love that you wrote their meet cute.

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    1. I'd 'seen' it so long in my head, Lynn, I just had to write it down. Thanks for visiting today!

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  18. Great interview, Kristi and D'Ann. Your snack sounds like the Gorp my girls used to make in Girl Scouts. It's actually good! Your book sounds like a fun read--waking up unexpectedly married would have to be termed a rude awakening! Sounds like it just might work out though. Congrats on your release!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Jenna! M&Ms mixed up with salty somethings (even pretzels) will do! However, those M&Ms with pretzels in the middle...not so muhc!

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  19. Great interview. So nice that you both have books coming out at the same time.

    Congratulations to you both!

    I loved the idea that you used their first meeting as a free read. Smart!

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