Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guest Allison Knight

Years ago, my little sister and I played opera. So what on earth does that have to do with being a writer? Why, I was into pretend. Of course, I was always the heroine. As I grew, I read. One of my greatest joys was sneaking off to a private corner where I could read. Once a week, we'd go to the public library and during those years I read every Cherry Ames Nurse books. Okay, so right away you can tell I went for romantic stories.

It was about then I began to write, at first poetry. In the eighth grade, one of the local organizations offered a scholarship award, a whole fifty dollars, based on the best essay. I abandoned poetry and turn to writing essays. I won the scholarship and I knew then I would be a writer. The question - what would I write - never entered my mind. I would be a writer. I do have to smile though, remembering my college English professor. Nothing about my writing ability pleased her. In fact, if I remember correctly, she begrudgingly gave me a "C-" for a final class grade.

After college, I began to teach, and met the love of my life, married and began our family. I discovered the romance genre. I found I loved the feel good, happy endings you always got with romances. One day I began a book which became the genesis for my passion to write historical romances. The book was well written - I thought. But I found problems with the book. The heroine's eyes changed color twice. A mother-in-law who played a small part disappeared, never to be heard from again. An important character suddenly appeared out of nowhere, and I remember thinking at the time, where did he come from. I sat in our bedroom, my reading corner and stared at that book. I just knew I could do a better job.

I dragged out the typewriter and announced I was going to write a book. My children thought it was hilarious and my daughter told me, "Oh, yea, Mom. When cows fly."

My husband didn't crack a smile, bless his heart. He built a place in the basement of our home so I had a special place to write. When I started having trouble planning the action, he suggested I plot the story out using a time line. He even supplied the paper. When I sold my first books I came home from school to find a stuffed toy cow, adorned with a set of wings flying around the family room attached to our ceiling fan. It seemed "Cows could fly." I dedicated that first book to my children, telling them to look up.

I've learned a lot over the years but I do believe if I hadn't read so much and didn't love books, I would never have tried to write. And I found you can never learn too much. If you don't continue to grow, to develop, to improve, you can not succeed. Looking at each of my seventeen books I can truthfully say, I have learned, I have grown, I have improved. Am I finished developing, learning? Nope, not a chance. There's still a lot more to learn.

Thank you for being my guest today. I have to say, the cover for Roses for my Lady is beautiful.

Here's a blurb:
Intense, scholarly, big sister Meredith Ward is happy to see her little sister off to a country party until she discovers a Valentine card outlining plans for an elopement between her sister and the brother of an aristocrat. She leaves her cottage to halt their plans only to run into trouble herself.

Baron Gavin Sinclair learns late one evening about his brother's plans to wed a most undesirable young woman. His attempt to stop that union puts Meredith in his arms. Thinking she is the bride-to-be, he holds her hostage never realizing it will be his heart he loses.

Allison's bio:

Award winning author, Allison Knight claims she's married to the world's greatest husband because he's her greatest supporter and works with her on all her projects. The mother of four children, Allison retired from teaching to baby six grandkids and now, since they've grown, three cats. She has published seventeen romances and because she loves to share her knowledge blogs often. She also loves to talk about the growing digital market.

Thank you for being with us today, Allison. Visit Allison on her website and blog.

Readers, please leave Allison a comment to be entered in my monthly Ebook drawing.


  1. Lovely interview, Allison and Linda. A love of reading must have started so many writers on their path to publication. I'm reading Roses for a Lady at the moment and really enjoying it, Allison.

  2. Thanks for having me today, Linda. Talking about covers, yours for "Way Back" is asolutely beautiful. And I love how we both love to read.
    I've only met one author so far, that didn't spend a great deal of time reading as she/he grew. Not that there aren't more, but I've never met them. It would be interesting to compare notes and find out what percentage loved to read.

  3. Hi Rosemary, glad you stopped by.

    Thank you, Allison. I think Champagne has beautiful covers.

    It would be interesting to see a chart but I can't imagine a writer not loving to read.

  4. Lovely interview, folks. Reading was my lifeline as a child - and I think those of us who delve into books during our formative years often decide to write.


  5. How precious! Your book is going on my TBR list!

  6. I enjoyed the interview. Roses for my Lady sound really good and I have added it my list to get.

  7. Allison,
    I love, love books like this. I love how the hero thinks he's protecting the loved one and yet he's the one who falls victim to love. Oh how I do love historicals.
    I wish you much success with this book.

    Teresa K.


  8. Great post, Allison. I really enjoyed Heartsong so looks like I need to get a few more of your books. I'm behind. LOL.