Change the Word: What was the writing process like for this book?
Kristina Knight: The Saint's Devilish Deal was so much fun to write! The character of Santiago came to me first with Esmerelda hot on his heels. The story flew from my fingertips to my computer in a rush! I had to peel back Saint's character a little bit at a time, and I'll admit the first draft was not his finest hour, but I'm so glad he finally opened up!
CTW: What challenges did you face while writing?
KK: The biggest challenge I had with this book was a very curious toddler at my side. My daughter was two while I was writing this. She was walking and talking and into absolutely everything. And she soooo didn't understand that the computer was my work. But, she was a toddler, what was I going to do?
CTW: How did you overcome them?
KK: My husband was a god-send. He would take her off my hands one afternoon each week for a couple of hours. I wrote during nap times and late into the night. Caffeine was my friend. Even though it wasn't the best writing environment, I'm glad I stuck with it and wrote the story!
CTW: What is the trickiest part about writing love stories?
KK: I think the trickiest part is keeping some distance between the main characters, keeping that push-pull going. Because it can be easy to say, 'Oh, they've had sex, they're good'. Peeling back those layers of backstory is what makes a great book, thought.
CTW: Writing men can be tough. How do you go about creating your strong, hunky male leads?
KK: I watched at lot of soap operas growing up. J I still love my soaps – they have the Alpha Male down, don't they? I think the key to writing a good male lead is to remember that strong is great, but giving a really strong man a little mushiness goes a long way in creating a man we would want to fall in love with.
CTW: If you could meet one writer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
KK: I'd love to meet Nora Roberts. In my head we would have this amazing conversation about books and writing and productivity…in reality, I'd probably fangrrl all over her…
CTW: Ha. Me, too. I have a total girl crush on Nora. What is your favorite book to read and re-read?
KK: There are many! But one of the books I've read over and over and always laugh with is Suzanne Enoch's Flirting with Danger – it's the first of her Samantha Jellicoe books and I just love it. I love that Sam is not a girly-girl, that Richard can't stay away from her and that Sam is dealing with her own set of rules.
CTW: What advice do you have for other writers?
KK: Keep learning and don't give up. I wrote several books before I sold The Saint's Devilish Deal to Crimson Romance. I was lucky to find a core group of critique partners who pushed and prodded me to write better. I scoured every rejection letter – the personalized rejections and the form letters – to get an idea of what I needed to do to improve, and I put that advice to work on each following book. And I'm still learning and getting better.
CTW: What is next for you and your writing?
KK: I've just turned in Book 3 to my editor at Crimson Romance, and I'm really excited about it! It's called What a Texas Girl Needs and (yes!!) it's linked to my first book, What a Texas Girl Wants. This is the story of Vanessa, the middle Witte sister, and does she have a story to tell (and a hot cowboy to fall in love with)!
CTW: Do you have anything else you would like to share?
KK: One of the best things that has happened to me in my life is publishing my first book. I've met so many amazing, wonderful people – readers and writers – who have made this journey so much fun. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has purchased and read my books – I hope I've given you a little escape from the everyday!
Read my review of The Saint's Devilish Deal here and an excerpt of the book here.
About the Author
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 trouble-maker she was a journalist. When the opportunity to write what she wanted – business and family/parenting articles – and to focus more energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it.
And she’s never looked back. Now she writes articles for magazines and such by day and writes romance novels with spice by night. And any toddler-free, five minute break she has. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and 4 year old daughter. Happily ever after.
Connect with KristinaWebsite: http://www.
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