Friday, February 17, 2012

CHRW Meet The Member:

Eliza Knight

How long have you been a member of Celtic Hearts?
I believe it is going on five years or so.

What prompted you to join this chapter?
I was writing Scottish romance, and I wanted to join a chapter where other authors were also writing in that genre. (I’m also Irish, so partial to all things Celtic!)

What are some of the benefits you favor most about being a member of RWA and/or CHRW?
I have found the best part of being a member is the camaraderie, the friendships, the networking, the support. Without it, I would be lost. I have met some of my best friends through RWA, and I’ve had some of my best times at conferences.

You’ve recently signed with a publisher. Tell us about your writing journey before and after this point in your life, and the details about your upcoming releases.
I am published with Ellora’s Cave, Carina Press and self-published. The writing journey is going to be different for everyone. It all hinges on so many factors. Genre, length, timing, voice, skill, networking. When I first started writing, I knew only what my heart told me. I bought a few books, joined RWA. My writing has drastically changed over the years. Not necessarily from classes, because I’ve never had a lot of time to take too many workshops, but from the art of writing—the actual doing. The advice from critique partners, my editors and agents has helped me to grow. My writing journey is constantly changing, depending on what I’m writing, who I’m writing it for (house), and what the genre is. I write in multiple genres.

I think one day down the road I might have to choose one genre over the other, but for now, I’m writing what I like and what my readers like—and if my editor/agent asks for something.

Writing before I was published was more of whim. I didn’t have demands or deadlines, I could spend weeks doing research and daydreaming before my fingers touched the keyboard. Even in my early publishing days (2008), I didn’t see too many deadlines or demands. But now, with 17 books either released or soon to be released, 4 projects I’m currently working on to be submitted—and three children—I can’t write when the fancy strikes. I have only a certain amount of time a day, and if I’m going to finish my projects on time, I have to write daily. I can’t have writer’s block either—there’s no time. Fortunately, I love writing and the creative juices never seem to ebb.

Wow, that was long-winded, and I’m not even sure I really answered the question… Details about upcoming releases! Okay, I have a short—quickie (15K), titled HIGHLAND STEAM, that will be releasing with Ellora’s Cave in the next month! Yay! It’s another time-travel Highlander erotic romance, not humorous like the others, more of an emotional, romantic journey, but definitely hot. Additionally, under the name Annabelle Weston, two more books in the Desert Heat series will released with Ellora’s Cave later this year. Expect another medieval novel, Regency novella and three more short time-travels this year or early next year.

If you could be transported back in time for a day, when and where would you want to go?
This is a hard question!!! I have three favorite eras—Tudor England, Regency England and medieval Scotland… Can I have three days? No? Just one? Hmm… Okay, medieval Scotland, but only if I’m the lady and I’m with the HAWT Highland chief dressed only in a plaide, with sizzling muscles and he’s taking me for a ride—on his horse of course, lol.

If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?
I would want the ability to freeze time. I need more time during the day. I feel like with each passing year, the moments are shorter. Like 1 minute is 30 seconds, one hour is 30 minutes, 1 week is 1 day… It makes me sad. I want to spend more time with my family. I want more time to write. I want more time to read, and do fun things.

Share 7 fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1. I love to dance to club music. 
2. I am afraid of deer (attacked once at a petting zoo, no joke!). 
3. I used to be a model and actress. 
4. I like to put lines my friends/family have said in my books and see if they notice. 
5. I am a list freak. My lists have lists. 
6. I hate fast-food. 
7. I am currently addicted to the Oregon Trail app my daughter put on my phone.


Angela Johnson said...

WOW, Eliza. You are one busy girl. Enjoyed so much learning more about you. Love your superpower-- more time. I wish you much luck on your upcoming releases.

Renee Vincent said...

I loved your 7 facts about you! Those were amazing...I had no idea!

And attacked by a deer? Oh you poor thing....and to now be afraid of those beautiful creatures. :-(

And I love that you put lines in that friends and family should notice. I do the same thing!!! hahaha

Chicks of Characterization said...

So good getting to "KNOW" you Eliza!!

Great interview, and you used to be a model and an actress- do tell!!!

Thanks so much for sharing, you are one busy, busy bee!!!

Best of luck!!!


Clancy said...

Lines in that. I take parts of people I don't like and create villains.

Pat McDermott said...

So many stories in the works. I'm not surprised you want to freeze time, Eliza. And you have little ones too. Who put apps on your phone :-) Long may your writing journey continue!

Eliza Knight said...

@Angela-- Thank you :)

@Renee-- It was awful. Happened at a petting zoo in Canada. They stormed me when I bought a cup of food to feed them, and pinned me against the wall of the snack bar, hooves on my shoulders, nipping my skin. It was awful. My dad ran in and rescued me. I was about 13.

@Andrea-- Thank you darling! I acted in a community theater, and I was also an extra in Deep Impact (not a porn I swear!). I also used to be "Barbie" hired by Matel at a shopping center to greet children for some function.

@Clancy-- lol, I may have done that before *winks*

@Pat-- Thank you! My daughter put them on my phone... darn it! :-)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

How fun getting to know you better, Eliza. You do have a busy life, but I agree especially spend time with the children. Those wonderful days of their childhood go too quickly.

I love that you have lines in your books friends and family say. Great idea.

Always - best in your sales.

Sarah Hoss said...

I have met you in person and you are a fun and lovely woman. Getting to know you better is our treasure. Thank you for opening up to us!

Sarah Hoss said...

I have met you in person and you are a fun and lovely woman. Getting to know you better is our treasure. Thank you for opening up to us!

Miriam Newman said...

Always great getting to know someone better, Eliza. You are one busy lady. Don't blame you for being afraid of deer. They can really hurt a girl!--not kidding. I'm glad your dad rescued you and you're here to entertain us with your amazing books, beautiful blog and great personality.

Alexa said...

Busy woman! You're an inspiration, Eliza!

Victoria Roberts said...

Eliza, no surprise you were a model with those gorgeous locks. You are one of the most hardest working people I know. Congratulations on your continued success.

Angelique Armae said...

Yay! Another 'List Freak' How cool! Great interview, Renee.

Sophie Moss said...

So nice to get to know you, Eliza! Do you have any favorite club songs you can share with us? Always looking for some new running music... I just joined the chapter a few weeks ago. Really looking forward to reading your books. :)

Eliza Knight said...

@Paisley -- thank you :) I don't want to miss a thing with the little ones!

@Sarah -- Thank you! You are a sweetheart too :)

@Miriam -- Thank you! Yes, deer are scary! lol. You are quite lovely yourself!

@Alexa -- Thank you my dear!

@Victoria -- Thank you so much! That means a lot to me :)

@Angelique -- lol, yes, the lists are out of control, but so necessary!

@Sophie -- Welcome to the chapter!!! You're in a good place :) My favs this week are: Rihanna's We Found Love; Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO; Flo Rida's Good Feeling; Jennifer Lopez (feat Pitbull) On The Floor; Pitbull (feat Chris Brown) International Love

Eliza Knight said...

Update!!! I'm so excited, HIGHLAND STEAM releases THIS Wednesday, Feb 22nd. Here's the link if you want to see the hot cover, read the blurb and an excerpt :)

Vonda Sinclair said...

Way to go on all the new releases Eliza! I enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. I know it isn't funny but I had to laugh about the deer. I hope it didn't have antlers.

Lizzie Walker said...

Good Lord Miss Eliza! You made my head spin! BTW folks, Eliza is a awesome dancer. She rocks the floor. *giggle*

It was wonderful finally meeting you at the NJ Conference. I was lucky enough to introduce Eliza. I saw her name on the list and said, I WANT HER! NOBODY TOUCH HER! LOL

I wish I could have spent more time with you but I am so blessed to have taken your class on How to Edit your Book in Thirty days.

No wonder you are so successful. I know your success will continue on.