Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Angela Knight to our sites today!
Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county's Sheriff's Office. The couple has a grown son, Anthony.
Angela is the proud creator of the TIME HUNTER, WARLORD, and MEGAVERSE series.
Let’s give you a bit of info:
“Master of Shadows” Synopsis:
Court seducer La Belle Coeur has met her match in Tristan, a Knight of the Round Table unafraid of blood-or lust. Joining together to combat a werewolf wizard and sworn enemy of Arthur, they must put their lives on the line-while coming to grips with the rising heat between them.
We know it’s not much, but it sounds good, right!? The entire series is fantastic… Without further ado, let’s get to the interview and learn a bit more about Angela and her books, shall we!?
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Angela! We’re very happy to have you here today, and are excited to help you promote “Master of Shadows”!
ANGELA: I’m delighted to be here. Thank you SO much for giving me this opportunity to speak to you and your readers.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We like to start out by finding out a bit more about our guest author, and then we’ll dig into the books…Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
ANGELA: I have four great-nephews and a great niece I adore because they are so bright and funny. That includes my nephew’s 14-month-old twins, six-month old son, and four-year-old son. My niece has a five-year-old daughter. Dinners at my mother’s house are a babypalooza.
I love Star Trek. I am the biggest geek ever. When I was 12, I had a HUGE crush on Captain Kirk that now squicks me out, since William Shatner has started doing all those Priceline commercials. The man looks damned good for somebody pushing 80 though…
I am the moderator for a gay poser art group featuring Computer Generated Image (CGI) art. (Think Toy Story, except more realistic and kinkier). The main artist is Ulf, who does enormous, naked, well-endowed Marines. With traffic cones. Don’t ask.
Then periodically he does stuff that looks like it could be hanging in a Renaissance art gallery somewhere. He’s fricking AMAZING. Best CGI artist I have ever seen.
I also contribute my own art featuring nekkid mens. J
Q2): Did anyone or anything special inspire you to become an author?
ANGELA: My mother. When I wrote my first book in pencil at the age of 9, she made such a huge deal out of encouraging me that I caught the writing bug. I’ve never wanted to do anything but write ever since. 41 years I’ve been a writer now, though I’ve only been published since 1988. (It was a comic book.)
Q3): What has been the biggest surprise with regards to your writing career to-date?
ANGELA: When my second book made the USA Today list. That really amazed me.
Q4): What are some of your hobbies or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not working, writing or taking care of other business?
ANGELA: I do CGI art, which is similar to the stuff you see in Toy Story – Poser is a computer graphics program in which you manipulate three-dimensional models to create images. So it’s sort of a cross between graphic art and photography. See nekkid mens, above.
I also create covers for Changeling Press.
Q5): If you could describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?
ANGELA: Ack. Must I? Okay. I am: Creative, neurotic, geeky, driven and ambitious. Mostly I’m a neurotic geek.
Q6): Who are some of your favorite authors, and what’s in your TBR pile right now?
ANGELA: Lois McMaster Bujold, who rocks; she wrote the Miles Vorkosigan novels, which is the best SF series EVAH. Jim Butcher, author of the Harry Dresdan series, and Nora Roberts, author of EVERYTHING. Actually, I am a huge fangirl, and I have so many favorites I can’t list them all.My TBR pile includes IMPROPER GENTLEMEN, an anthology featuring Diane Whiteside, Jennifer Blake’s BY HIS MAJESTY’S GRACE, and Galen Foley’s MY IRRESISTABLE EARL. I’m on a regency kick, but I also LOVES me some urban fantasy.
Q7): What are some of the qualities you feel that all heroes or heroines should have?
ANGELA: A strong moral code they will not break, along with a belief that they should defend and protect those weaker than they are, especially children. I think that’s the bedrock principle every romance hero and heroine must have. They can be thieves, they can be killers, but they have to believe in protecting innocents.
Q8): What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?
ANGELA: When writing is going well, it streams out in a wonderful euphoric howl, like a really good orgasm. When it’s going badly, it feels like I’m dragging every bleeding sentence out of my backside.The worst part is trying to hit a deadline when I don’t know what comes next.
Q9): If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which would it be, and what would you want to do?
ANGELA: Oh, that could get me in BIG trouble with my husband. Actually, I think I’d like to talk to Belle Coeur and Tristan, the couple from MASTER OF SHADOWS. Belle has spent 1000 years seducing men, and Tristan has spent 1500 years fighting beside Arthur Pendragon to save humanity from its own worst impulses. I’d love to hear the stories they’d have to tell about history and magic. It would be fascinating!
Q10): With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what about it fascinates and draws you personally?
ANGELA: I think it’s the opportunity to inspire a sense of wonder. I love the idea of going beyond the everyday laws in our everyday universe, and asking what would it be like to actually use magic? I imagine it would be such an incredible high to command those kinds of forces and create things like houses and armor and swords out of that energy. It would be such FUN.
Q11): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
ANGELA: Babies laughing. Playing silly games with my husband – making puns and calling one another goofy names, and generally wrestling around like children. Then there’s creating a piece of art or writing that ends up being more powerful than I expected. That’s the best high ever.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to your books… J
Q12): Was there any specific inspiration that lead to the concept and creation of the Mageverse series?
ANGELA: I love Arthurian legend, so when I needed to create a new vampire universe for Berkley, I decided to make King Arthur and his knights vampires. This allowed me to put a very different spin on the idea of vamps. I don’t like plowing the same ground every other writer has already gone over.
Q13): Do you have any plans to add to the TIME HUNTERS/WARLORD series?
ANGELA: Yes, as a matter of fact! Berkley is finally letting me finish the series in a 50,000 word novella in an anthology with Margorie Liu. I LOVE Marjorie’s HUNTER KISS novels, so one day I geeked out and asked her if she’d be in a book with me. And she did. We’re still working out the details, but I’ll put them on the website when I have them.
Q14): What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) in bringing Mageverse to life?
ANGELA: Basically, keeping track of the details over nine books is a bitch. But I love the fact that it’s a magical universe, so I can create dragons or griffins or whatever and then come up with my own societies for those creatures. I adore world building.
Q15): Do you have a favorite book that you’ve written; maybe one that held special meaning when it was released etc?
ANGELA: I guess that would probably be THE FOREVER KISS, which was actually my first novel. (Not counting one sock drawer book I wrote in 1990 as a Silhouette Desire. It was soundly rejected, thank God. It SUCKED.) But FOREVER KISS was my first novel, and I learned a hell of a lot about writing during the -- oh, God -- TEN rewrites. And I guess it’s got a lot of my heart in it because I spent so long writing and rewriting it. Plus I love Valerie and Cade.
Q16): If you could set up one of your characters with another character from a series out in the Paranormal world, who would it be, and who would you set them up with (which character from which author’s series)?
ANGELA: Well, Maxine Kiss from the Hunter kiss book, with Dominic, the Court Seducer who seduced Caroline Lang in “Galahad.” Dominic needs to get his ass kicked by a strong woman, and Maxine is just the girl to do it. They’d be fun to write. Assuming her demons friends didn’t eat him. Which they might. Did I mention he’s a bastard?
Q17): How many books do you have planned for the Mageverse series?
ANGELA: Actually, MASTER OF DARKNESS is the final Mageverse book. After this, I’m going to be doing trilogies set in that universe. But long series have a way of running their course as far as sales go, and I’m afraid the series has hit that point. But you’ll still meet my vampires and witches in future trilogies.
Q18): What can we look forward to as the series progresses?
ANGELA: The main thing I’m doing in MASTER OF DARKNESS is resolving the Werewolf Wars arc I’ve had running for the past four books. After that, there will be a trilogy called THE FAMILIARS, about Sidhe Changelings (fairy half-breeds) living in hiding on Mortal Earth. They have magical talking animal familiars who are total smart-asses, and I plan to include a lot of humor. I’m really looking forward to writing those books.Q19): Is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
ANGELA: “What effect do you want your books to have on readers?” I want my books to be the equivalent of a box calorie-free Godiva chocolates, something you really relish, especially on bad days when you need a lift. I have a lot of writers I love like that, people whose books got me through some really bad times. I think giving a reader that respite is the ultimate accomplishment for a genre writer.
And I want my books to inspire OTHER emotions too. I love it when readers say “My husband REALLY liked your book. Not that HE read it…!”
Q20): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
ANGELA: I hope you’ll try MASTER OF SHADOWS even if you haven’t read my other MAGEVERSE books. I write those books as stand-alones, and I’m told they can be read as such. Please let me know what you think of my work, because I really want to know. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, and you can find all my contact links at my website: www.angelasknights.com.
Also, I hope you’ll join me at Lora Leigh’s Reader Appreciation Weekend in October. It’s a small, intimate gathering for readers and writers, and my husband and I always have a wonderful time there! Here’s the link: http://www.readerappreciationweekend.com/
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Angela, thank you so much for being with us today! We’re very happy to help you promote ”Master of Shadows” and we’d love to have you back to help promote the your next release if you’re interested…
ANGELA: Thank you SO much! I really enjoyed your insightful and challenging questions.
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