About author, Kristina Knight: 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. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
Welcome back! How have you been? Waves to Isabella! I’ve been great! It’s so good to be back at CLG – thanks for having me!
Tell us about your book, “The Saint’s Devilish Deal”: Saint is a reunion romance, set in sunny Puerto Vallarta. Saint and Esme got everything wrong the first time around, mostly because they didn’t trust one another. Now, they’ve been tasked with saving Esme’s aunts vacation villa…but they still don’t trust one another. So, sparks! And some making up. 🙂
What’s on your desk? Too much stuff! But, a few of the highlights – a green alien flashlight, a half-eaten bag of dry-roasted almonds, a neon orange croc keychain and a bag of cough drops – cherry flavored!
Where did you get your ideas for your book? My ideas come from all over the place, but for Saint, it all started when I was watching a surfing competition on TV. Those guys are amazing and I wondered what would happen if a surfer got caught up with a Type A, business woman…and it all snowballed from there.
If you could meet one author who would it be? Nora Roberts. She …I’m just in awe of her.
What was the most fun part about writing “The Saint’s Devilish Deal”? The research! I wrote this book in the dead of winter with snow up to the eaves. So escaping into tropical Mexico every day was awesome!
Describe your typical day: Get the kiddo off to school around 8, deal with email/social media/phone calls until noon and then write write write until the bus comes home. Then it’s off to gymnastics or swimming and a harried dinner and bedtime stories and maybe a little quality time with RadioMan (husband) and then some more writing…and hitting the pillow around midnight only to get up at 6 to do it all again.
What is the best advice for someone who wants to write a book? Put your heart into your work. Because if you don’t love your characters, readers won’t, either.
Hard/paperbacks or eBooks? All of the above, depending on the moment!
What is your favorite inspirational quote? You can’t edit a blank page. Nora Roberts said that – and it is so true!
Do you have any writing goals for 2014? I do! I have a trilogy coming out in the spring and summer, so I’ll be doing the usual promo stuff. And I’ve just started a new book, I have 4 slated to write this year so I’m going to be super-busy.
Can you tell us anything about your upcoming projects? I have a sequel to Saint in the works, telling his brother’s story. Tobias is the opposite of Santiago – total alpha male, all about business…and he’s wrapped up in a woman who is his perfect match. Of course, he thinks he needs to fix her… 🙂 And then I just started a new project centering on a trio of cowboy brothers – who are just to yummy! Can’t wait to dive into their stories.
“The Saint’s Devilish Deal” by Kristina Knight
Blurb: Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance’s villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end hotellier jobs, she’s coming home to run the villa.
Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire – and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.
Esme isn’t thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the youngest Cruz brother – especially when she learns Santiago’s brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she’s been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.