Today I have the pleasure of hosting my good friend and fellow indie author Christina McKnight. Christina recently published her debut paranormal romance novel Only in Her Dreams. I’ve already read her book and it is awesome so I highly recommend you grab a copy. It’s available on Amazon. And now, here is what Christina had to say.
Hi, Christina, and welcome! Hope you’re ready to answer some questions 😉
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Growing up I was the student who wrote ten pages for a two page book report. In college my dissertation was twice the required page count. My mom hounded me from a very young age to write. Frequently, we read the same books and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom said my ending was better. I think I’ve always been a writer, but it’s only been in the last eight years that I’ve really applied myself to developing a complete story.
Who encouraged you the most in your writing career?
My mom has always been the buzz in my ear pushing me to tell my stories. Without her insistence I don’t believe I would have nurtured my writing talent.
I know Only in Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 is your first novel, since I had the pleasure of reading it. When did you first start writing and how long did it take you to finish writing your latest novel?
Only In Her Dreams was my first completed novel that I wrote. It took me forty-five days to write and six months to edit. My new project, Shunned No More, is taking a bit longer due to the release of Only In Her Dreams. I plan to finish writing the novel by the end of October and publish by May, 2013.
What was the biggest obstacle in getting your book published?
I’ll be honest—I did not have any big obstacles to publishing my novel. I knew from the beginning that I would self-publish my work. I did my homework by researching every step of the writing/editing/formatting/publishing process. If I did have an obstacle it was motivating myself to edit my own work. It is really hard to change/cut the original story I wrote.
What inspired you to write Only in Her Dreams?
Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?
A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I’ve come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life?
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 took off from there.
Tells us a bit more about your novel? Where is it set?
When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.
A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?
Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?
Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend–the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 is set between Earth and Erebos, the land belonging to the Greek Demigods of Dreams.
Which character from your novel are you most attached to and why?
This answer will go along with the next question. For some reason I really enjoyed writing from the POV of my bad boy, Darius. He is a troubled soul with many layers of hurt that are developed during the course of book one. Now, I must admit I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for bad boys. I watch Vampire Diaries and my favorite character is Damien Salvatore. I’ve been drawn to him from the first episode. I can’t say how my fetish with bad boys has affected my personal life, LOL.
Is this a part of a series or a standalone book?
When I originally wrote my novel it was a standalone book. It wasn’t until my 3rd revision that I thought, ‘There is more to this story then I’m able to tell in just one book.’ As you’ve probably guessed, Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2 will feature my bad boy, Darius. I’m excited to have 80k words to explore him and his unique story. Only In His Visions, The Oneiroi Book 3 will feature Alexander, Darius’ right hand man.
Who are your main writing influences?
Oh, gosh! How can I narrow this down? I can’t, so I’ll limit it to a certain genre. I grew up reading Historical Romance novels. My idea of what equates to a great story was molded by Christina Dodd, Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Pamela Britton, and Julia Quinn. I’ll stop there! My addiction to books started at a young age. I’d pilfer my mom’s romance novels from her bookshelf. By age thirteen, I’d finished all the Little House books, the Anne of Green Gables series, and everything by R.L Stine…what’s a girl to do? When I was eighteen, I inherited my great-grandmother’s collection of 1970-1980s bodice rippers. I was in heaven! I still have most of them waiting in storage until my home library is built (a girl can dream!).
What advice would you offer beginning indie writers?
Ask questions! Seek out other writers and learn as much as you can from their experiences. I have a wonderful support group of writers, some indie and a few traditional. Something I’ve learned is that writers are more than happy to share what they’ve learned. And if they don’t know the answer, they will point you to another writer who does. In addition, as a writer you must be willing to help others as well. Share what you learn with other new writers.
Where can readers find your book?
My book is available on Amazon in print and eBook format.
Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your book!
It was my pleasure and thank you!