Thursday, June 23, 2011

Get Tempted By Eliza Knight!!

Arrr, matey! No need to go lookin' for a map 'cause the treasure be here at the Lovestruck Novice!

If yer summer has got ye down in the molly-drums, it's a good thing the tide drifted ye this way! The fair ELIZA KNIGHT be at the helm today and she's doling out some advice guaranteed to have ye dancin' a jig.

Let's put the world away for a minute and split a bottle o' rum with Eliza!!

1) If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

What a fun question! Okay, let me give this a shot… What happens when a nerdy, history-obsessed housewife decides she needs a little extra spice in her life? She buys a laptop and fills it with pages and pages of sizzling historical romance fantasies. Stay-at-Home mom by day—hot romance author by night. The dishes and laundry can wait—but the heroes and heroines can not.

2) Using three words, describe your voice.

Sensual, emotional, intriguing.

3) What has been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome in your writing/career?

Time. As a writer I have a million and one ideas for stories. But there are only so many hours in a day, and only so many words-per-minute I can write.

4) Novice Writer to Multi-pubbed author: How has your outlook on writing changed? Any changes to your writing style?

I treat it like a business now— it’s my career. Before I was published, I wanted it to be my career, but there weren’t any deadlines I had to meet. No promotion to do. If I didn’t meet my daily word count, I didn’t feel guilty. After being published, if I don’t do what I’m supposed to, it backs me up, and I’m accountable. I don’t think I’ve changed my writing style at all, as far as voice goes, I have changed HOW I write though so I can be more efficient.

5) With Nationals coming up fast and furiously, do you have any tips for first time attenders?

Take a deep breath. Nationals is a blast, but for a first-timer it can also be very overwhelming. Remember editors/agents are people too. Attend workshops and take notes. Meet up with friends and chapter-mates. Don’t bring a copy of your manuscript.

6) How do you find a balance between motherhood and being writer? Any advice to those struggling to reach steady footing? (ME! lol)

The question of the year! Schedules is the only thing I suggest. I get up two hours before the kids everyday—even on weekends, and take that time to work. I try to also work during daily nap/quiet times, but if I can’t at least I know I have that two hours every morning. You need the peace to write, and you have to make it a habit. I am naturally a night person so getting up at 5 or 6 in the morning took some getting used to. But I found by the time night rolled around I was too tired to work, and I just wanted to read or watch a movie. In the morning I have more motivation. Treat your writing like a career. If you need to ask for help—someone to watch the kiddies for a couple hours on the weekend so you can write. Involve your children. If they know how exciting and important it is to you, they are more likely to allow you that writing time. And last but not least—BRIBERY. My kids will be bribed with going to the movies today so I can finish up a deadline.

7) What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?

I’ve had an excited past two weeks. Last week saw the release of my medieval romance novel, A LADY’S CHARADE, and this week my historical pirate erotic romance novella, A PIRATE’S BOUNTY released. I’m in the process of writing several other projects (a time-travel, a medieval and a Tudor-era), and waiting on bated breath to hear about my first historical fiction (non-romance) novel that my agent has out on submission. I’m also always on the hunt for some semblance of sanity and a smaller laundry pile. :)

Thanks for brightening our day, Eliza!! For those of you that don't know, Eliza and I used to be blog mateys on the Mama Writers blog. She's definitely an author to follow! Here's hoping A PIRATE'S BOUNTY and A LADY'S CHARADE are smashing successes!

For more info on Eliza Knight, please set sail for her website: To purchase A PIRATE'S BOUNTY, click here. And here for A LADY'S CHARADE.

THANK YOU, TLN'ers! It's awesome to be back in the interviewer's seat. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Beat the heat by getting knee-deep in a romance novel! Nothing like a little lovin' to wash the summertime blues away! Catch ya back next week....


Angela Kay Austin said...

I absolutely love historical romance. Eliza, splitting your time between your family and writing is really a delicate balance. Good luck on the smaller and smaller laundry piles :-)

How long did it take you to find your agent?

Micole Black said...

Hi Eliza hi Sarah,

Very good advice. Thank you for sharing it. I will be checking out your books Eliza. Best wishes.

Micole black

Eliza Knight said...

Hi Angela,

Thank you :) My agent stories are really not the norm... My 1st agent contacted me. I worked with her for a short time, as in the end we just weren't a good fit, and my current agent (who I adore!) a friend recommended she read my work. She read it, loved it and offered for me less than a week later. The best ways to find agents are to really do your research, follow agents blogs, facebook, twitter. Try to meet them if possible at conferences or chapter sponsored writing events. Find a good fit, and write the best story you can.

Good luck!

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you Micole! Enjoy :)