Friday, September 2, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Angela Knight

Hello everyone!  Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are proud to welcome Angela Knight to our sites today!  
Angela is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela's publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.
In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company's Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before Editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she'd be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

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. 
Angela’s most current release, “Master of Shadows”, MEGAVERSE Book #12, was dropped on August 2, 2011 and is receiving rave reviews throughout the community. 
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. 


CONTEST:  Angela is graciously offering up a signed copy of Master of Shadows to a winner from Book Monster Reviews and a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION. 
To Enter: Make sure you are a follower of the BMR Blog and then post a comment on the interview and make sure you leave a valid email address. Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing. You must also be a follower of the BMR blog. GOOD LUCK!!!!

Don't forget to drop by the LITERAL ADDICTION website (http://www.literaladdiction.com/) and follow the directions and links to enter their contest for an extra chance to win!!!
 

33 comments:

Mary said...

I'm such a fan, I love your books. I'd love to win this one. Great interview, I loved reading the responses to those great questions.

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Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I've never read any of Angela's books. I'd love to try her stuff out!

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Supru said...

I love Angela Knight and her books and was totally amazed when I found her Mageverse serie. It's really awesome!!

I enjoyed myself with the interview!
Thanks for bring her Carla! :)

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Emily Tardy said...

Loved the interview, and a big fan of your books! Can't wait to read this one Angela! =D



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Blue Shedevil said...

I almost went in to heart failure when she mentioned the end of the series. I love this series. It is sexy and whimsical full of great characters. Thanks for the contest.I'm going to go pout now.

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Kathy Miller said...

I have been a huge fan ever since i discovered Jane's Warlord. I've read everything else of yours that I could get my hands on. I hope you NEVER stop writing.

Kathy Miller said...

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alainala said...

i loved the interview!! (and ive seen her artwork, whoo!!) i would LOVE this book! its the only one im missing from this series..
very interested to find out the series is coming to an end too, thanks!

alainala@hotmail . ca

Victoria said...

I loved the interview. That's cool that you do CGI. I haven't read you yet but see you in my future.

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Anonymous said...

Love to read love alpha males that blow ur mind. My favourite author has been rhyannon Byrd her work is amazing and would like reads like this

Lori in Philly said...

I picked up 4 of Angela's books while I was at the library the other day started one last night Jane's Warlord . So glad to know now that you can read them out of order I'm always mixed up. Thanks for all you do.
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Christina Strickland said...

I haven't had a chance to read your books yet but, I have heard great things. Thank you for the interview!

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Book Savvy Babe said...

Great interview! I am actually not familiar with this series, but it sounds really good. I am glad that the books can be read as stand alines because catching up can be tough.... thanks so much for the contest!
Book Savvy Babe
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SdyLion said...

Thank you for the interview and I loved the novella in BURNING UP. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Sheree said...

5 kids under 6?! Wow, that must be like what my mother went through when I was young.

Great premise for your series!

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Cath said...

I love how Angela kept slipping in the term Nekkid men....one can never have enough lol!!!!!

Great interview :)
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rhomitz said...

You have such great books I would love to win this book, thanks for a chance to win it.
Rhonda
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Chrisbails said...

This is a new author for me and this book looks great and would love to win and read.
Great interview. I think it is great that your mom inspired you to write. I inspire my daughter to read and that she can do anything she wants in life. It is full of possibilities.
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. This book looks great.
christinebails@yahoo.com

roro said...

I've never read any of Angela's books. I'd love to try her stuff out!


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Na said...

I agree comletely about heroes having a strong moral code and these are the heroes that I enjoy reading about.

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Tanya1224 said...

Angela's book sounds like it would be a really good read. I've never read any of her stuff before and would love a chance to start. Please count me in and thanks again for the contest.
Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

Melissa said...

I loved the dodged question in regards to whom you would spend the day with and what you would do to spare your husbands feelings. =-) .... I enjoyed the interview and would love a copy of your book. I am addicted to reading paranormal, romance, etc. I have a son that is in the process of being inspired after reading another authors post of sending in her 1st book at age 9 and getting her rejection and he is writing his book to try. He writes for fun all the time and doesn't care either way. lol. I love it that you got the support like he does form me. I am looking forward to all those new ideas and adventures floating around in your head to hit those pages then the stands for us. (if I don't win at least one, lol) mjohnson93433@yahoo.com

elaing8 said...

Great interview.I love Arthurian legend too so when I heard about these books I knew I had to read them.


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*yadkny* said...

Another new-to-me author I have yet to conquer:) Babies laughing make me smile too:)

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Amy said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Of all the Angela Knight books, I've only read Jane's Warlord but I really enjoyed it because the love scenes were steamy and the paranormal plot was very good. Would love to read more of Angela's books!

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Leanne109 said...

This series sounds awesome! The interview was great also! Books r add to my TBR pile :D

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LIESA said...

Great interview!!

I look forward to reading your books!!

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Amber Green said...

I can't believe the number of posters here who haven't glommed every book you've ever written.

...I might have missed one or two.

Trish said...

Thank you for the interview!

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Linda said...

Hi Angela! I've seen lots of good reviews of your books but haven't gotten around to reading any yet. I'm still kinda new to PNR & just barely dipping my toes in this subgenre.

Love to win a copy of your book tho! Here's betting that would get be hooked :)

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Anne Kane said...

Sorry to hear the Mageverse is ending, but then I'm sure I'll love the familiars just as much. You have a knack for drawing me into your worlds!

Kate Douglas said...

Loved the interview, AK, and what's always fun is that, since I know you, I get to hear it in your sexy southern drawl...not that I'm hot for you, m'dear, 'cus I just don't swing that way, but it makes reading this so much fun!

Love the Mageverse series and all the books you've written. I've had to expand your space on my keeper shelf.

legallycaz said...

I love the megaverse series and I loved the interview :)

Thanks for a great giveaway!

legallycaz@yahoo.co.uk