I’m very excited today to present an author so talented, she needs two names! Eliza Knight, a/k/a Annabella Weston is an award winning author, who has two books to talk about today. Scandalous Woman and The Highlander’s Reward. I recently finished The Highlander’s Reward. You can read my review on Amazon. I loved the book! And I’m madly in love with Magnus. To find out why, you’ll have to read it yourself.
If you could be a character in one of your books, who would it be, and why?
Hmm… I love all of my characters so much, this is a hard one to choose! I’m going to say all of them. Every time I write, a piece of myself gets put inside the characters, so essentially, I already am living through them, right?
If you hadn’t decided to become a writer, what other occupation can you see yourself in?
My degree is in Family Studies, with an emphasis on couple relationships, so I would say writing romance I got pretty close to the mark! Before college however, I wanted to be a chef. I love to cook, and I think if I had to pick another job, I’d want to try that.
Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?
Both! Sometimes it’s nice to see that your nasty villain can become something good, other times you just want to see him suffer. The book I’m currently working on, and I don’t want to give away too much, but there are two villains and in the end they get what they deserve—except it makes them both happy!
What faults do you prefer your heroes to have?
My heroes usually have a range of faults depending on their personalities, but throughout my books I like my heroes to be weak when it comes to their women—and I don’t mean like little puppy dogs, but I mean willing to give up anything to be with her. And while it isn’t a fault necessarily in a reader’s or heroine’s eyes, it is a fault he considers since my heroes are alpha. Another fault is typically stubbornness.
What faults do you prefer your heroines to have?
My heroines are faultless just like me! Just kidding Like my heroes, the heroines have a range of faults dependent on who they are. Stubborness usually plays a key role as well. Perhaps the inability to forgive. Sometimes the faults might even get downright gritty like addiction.
How do you pick the names of your characters?
I pick names based on where the story takes place, the meaning of the name, and often just on gut reaction to the character. Sort of like when you name a child, you can look at them and say, “You are a Kate or a Jake,” (this is the hero and heroine in my release SCANDALOUS WOMAN by Annabelle Weston—6/20).
Is finding the right title easy or hard?
Depends on the book. I think for the most part its easy. I like the title to really describe what the story is about. For example with SCANDALOUS WOMAN, she the owner of brothel, she is addicted to opium and she’s trying to seduce the new sheriff. For my July 15th release, THE HIGHLANDER’S REWARD by Eliza Knight, the hero Magnus, unexpectedly joins in the fight against the English on his return to his castle. After their victory, he saves a woman in danger, who he happens to fall in love with—his reward for joining the fight. Other times I struggle, a name doesn’t pop out, so I’ll come up with about 3-5 and ask my crit partners which one they like the best.
Who would you like to see cast as the hero and heroine in a movie made about your latest release?
If we’re talking about THE HIGHLANDER’S REWARD, I’d say Chris Hemsworth (from Thor) and Alisha Cuthbert. For SCANDOLOUS WOMAN, I’d say Kate Winslet and Matt Bomer.
I am both, so I’ll answer for both
After receiving my first call, I screamed silently, because everyone was asleep! I crawled into bed, gently shook my hubs and told him, I think he may have grumbled out, “Good job,” but I couldn’t be sure, lol. As for the self-pubbing my first book, seeing it go live was awesome. My first reaction was thinking how amazing it was to be in charge of the whole operation myself.
Now for a few fun things:
Mountain home or beach house?
Can I have both? I would switch out quarterly
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Sunshine definitely. When its gloomy, I just want to curl up and read or watch a movie.
Coffee or tea?
Cat or dog?
Dog. I’m seriously allergic to cats…
Beach vacation or sightseeing?
Both! I’ll take two vacations.
Jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers, or pencil skirt, silk blouse, and killer heels?
Depends on where I am. If it’s a normal day, jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops all the way. At a conference or reader event, I dress a little better.
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
Thanks so much for letting me visit with you! This was a fun interview!
You can find Eliza/Annabella here:Eliza Knight
You can buy The Highlander’s Reward here: Amazon
And Scandalous Woman here: Amazon