Please join Britbbear’s Book Reviews in welcoming Kathryn Knight, author of Divine Fall, to today’s author spotlight.
After tragedy tears Jamie Brandt’s life apart, her only goal is to finish high school so she can leave her small hometown behind. In the meantime, riding her horse is her main source of solace, until a mysterious stable hand shows up at the barn. There’s something not quite right about the handsome new employee, and the more Jamie sees of him, the more determined she becomes to figure out what he’s hiding.
Dothan Reed came to historic Huntsville, Maryland, for one reason–revenge. But his plan can’t move forward until he finds the missing piece he needs to enhance his powers. As the only surviving Nephilim, Dothan is not only weaker than full-blooded angels; his forbidden lineage makes him an outcast in both worlds. When he discovers Jamie is the key to locating an ancient weapon, he’s forced to interact with a vulnerable human girl–a task that becomes more appealing with each encounter.
Jamie soon learns Dothan isn’t the only one with a dark secret. Each new revelation further threatens her safety, and Dothan’s betrayal shatters her heart. Forgiving him seems impossible, but the thought of turning her back on him is equally painful.
As their connection deepens, Dothan will have to make his own difficult choice: continue on his path of vengeance, or protect the girl he loves. And when Dothan’s actions thrust Jamie into an unforeseen danger, he must seek the help of his enemy…or risk losing her forever.
Kathryn – welcome to Britbear’s Book Reviews. Divine Fall is a paranormal romance. Why do you choose to write in this genre?
Romance allows me to capture all the emotions associated with falling in love—the exhilaration, the fear, the uncertainty, the vulnerability—as I take my characters on their journey. I’ve always been one to root for star-crossed lovers to find happiness despite the obstacles in their path. As a reader, I also like to see a lot of tension and suspense in books, and paranormal subplots allow me to create mystery and danger. I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural—there are a lot of things in this world that seem to defy explanation. Combining the two elements, romance and paranormal, allows me to write about two themes I enjoy.
Gull Harbor and Silver Lake are ghost stories while Divine Fall is about nephilim. Why did you change the supernatural focus of this book?
After writing two ghost story romances, I wanted to try something different. Both Gull Harbor and Silver Lake involve main characters who are human, with a haunting mystery as a subplot, and as a result, they aren’t considered traditional paranormal romance. While thinking about writing a character who wasn’t completely human, I came up an idea for a story about a half-angel on a quest for revenge. As I let my imagination run with it, the story developed into a Young Adult novel, another new direction for me. From there, I decided to write it from the first person point-of-view, which is common in YA books but comes with a whole additional set of challenges.
Why did you decide to begin a Thunderclap campaign? What are you hoping to achieve from it?
Thunderclap is a great new tool I learned about from my author friends, and it’s a free way to increase the social media reach of an event or announcement if you can find 100 supporters. The most recent campaign I’ve set up is due to send out news of a limited-time sale on one of my novels. My hope is that the expanded connections will make the sale deal visible to more readers.
In your bio you say you live with rescued pets. How many pets have you rescued? Why rescue pets?
I’ve always had a great love for animals, and I grew up in a house full of pets. There are so many unwanted/abandoned pets in the world, and I try to do my part to adopt from shelters and rescue organizations. The earliest rescue I can remember is a St. Bernard named Three-fifty that my parents adopted when I was a baby. His number at the “pound” was 350, and they paid $3.50 to take him home, so that’s how he got his name.
Since I’ve owned a home with my husband, we’ve rescued dogs from high-kill shelters in Alabama, New York City, and Ohio, as well as many cats from the local shelter. The one I’ve had the longest is now almost 17 years old – I adopted him and his littermate as stray kittens when my older son was an infant, so we celebrate their birthdays together.
On your webpage you say you’ve been a voracious reader since you were a child. When did you know you wanted to be a writer and why?
I wrote my first “book” when I was in second grade, about a young girl who befriends a wild pony and eventually gets to keep it. Of course, the girl in the book was supposed to be me, and that was more about my dream to own a pony than a dream to write. However, my imagination was always working overtime, and I credit a lot of that to my passion for reading. When I couldn’t be reading, I’d make up stories, characters, and plot twists to keep myself entertained. Once I’d pretty much written an entire novel in my head, I decided it was time to finally write it down. The characters essentially demanded it. That book became Silver Lake, and since it was the type of book I like to read, my only goal was really to share it with other readers who might enjoy the story.
It’s so interesting that so many of us began our writing careers that way.
You are represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency. How did you go about finding your agent?
One of my writer friends who is represented by BRLA let me know about a “First Page Contest” sponsored by the agency, and I entered my latest manuscript and won an exclusive submission. I was invited to send in the first three chapters along with a synopsis, and from there I was offered representation. My agent specializes in romance and mystery, so it’s a great fit for me.
If you could choose one author you would call a mentor, someone you learned from by reading his/her books, who would it be and why?
There are so many authors I admire, but if I had to choose one I’ve learned the most from in terms of writing romance, I think it would be Judith McNaught, the author of some of my favorite historical romance novels. She is a master at creating character-driven conflict and building the sexual tension until the reader is desperate for the couple to finally get together!
Does you love for paranormal television and movies have influence on your writing? How so?
The paranormal TV shows and movies definitely give me ideas…thankfully, I’ve never lived with a poltergeist or experienced a haunting, so movies and shows—both reality ghost-hunting shows and fictional programs—help me understand what that might be like. I can actually credit a ghost movie with providing a plot hole that evolved into the basis for Silver Lake. While I can’t remember the movie title, a spirit kept writing these cryptic clues in places, hoping the protagonist would get the message. And I sat there and wondered why, if the ghost could write, it wouldn’t just spell out exactly what it was trying to say: “look for the bodies in the barn”. So my mind began spinning with ways to resolve that type of problem—barriers to communication between the living and the dead. A desperate spirit might need to reveal something important, but a solid reason preventing that, with no loopholes, needs to serve as conflict.
What’s next on your writing agenda?
I recently finished my fourth novel, another ghost story/romance entitled Haunted Souls, and that is out on submission right now. I tend to work ideas out in my head before I begin writing, and I’m currently playing with an idea for a romantic suspense novel, which would be a similar genre for me, but slightly different as no paranormal elements could be incorporated.
What’s the one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview? Please ask it and answer it here.
Wow, that’s a tough one! I guess I’ll elaborate on one of your above questions—why I wanted to be a writer—and ask myself why I continue to write in what has become a very flooded marketplace, where even newly released books tend to get lost in the millions of offerings. While writing is my passion, some parts of the publishing process—writing the synopsis, waiting on submission news, receiving rejections—can be downright painful. But for me, there’s no greater pleasure than finding a book I can get lost in—a book I can’t wait to pick up, and that I don’t want to put down. That’s the kind of book I aspire to write, and if I can provide that type of enjoyment for other readers, then it’s all worth it.
Thank you so much for having me here!
Thank you so much for participating in this interview, Kathryn. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
About the author:
Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets. Please visit her at www.kathrynknightbooks.blogspot.com.