Corinne M Knight
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Corinne M Knight: There aren’t enough hours in a day for me to do all the writing that I want. I have so many ideas, so many stories. Some days I wish there were more of me so I can get to all the stories that I have planned.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Corinne M Knight: My family is very supportive of what I do. Especially my mom. She’s very enthusiastic about it. Every time I phone her, she keeps asking about news of my releases.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Corinne M Knight: There’s nothing that I would change about my past. The good, the bad, it all made me the writer that I am today.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Corinne M Knight: I write mainly novellas because let’s be real, in a busy environment like we have these days, not many people have the time to read long novels. I usually have to be invested in a series to read anything over 50.000 words. The last novella that I wrote I finished the first draft in just over a month. I work full time, so I only get to put words on paper on my days off and after work.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Corinne M Knight: Yes, I think writer’s block is real. I know I was plagued by it for so many years, and it took a lot of work on my part and a lot of support to get where I’m at today.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Corinne M Knight: The moment people start writing, of course. If you put pen to paper and you scribble anything, that’s the beginning of the first draft of your story.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Corinne M Knight: People will start coming with pitchforks after me for saying this, but here it goes. I didn’t label myself an author until I published my first book. So yeah, I think the difference is that one dared to let their work meet the world and one did not. It took me about six years until I gathered the strength to do that. Some people are very defensive and are afraid that others will hate what they write. I go by the saying that you can’t please everyone, but I do consider feedback from my readers.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Corinne M Knight: I try not to let them affect me and, as I said previously, I am well aware that what I write will not be to everyone’s liking. I know that I put a lot of work into my books and sacrifice a lot of time, and I feel that it’s worth it. It’s a learning curve and I take it all with a pinch of salt.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Corinne M Knight: I am a pantser. I don’t like plotting my books because I know it never goes the way you want it anyway. So I start with an idea which could be a smell or an image that I have in mind and then I go from there. If the scene doesn’t flow right, I take a step back and try again the next day.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Corinne M Knight: I think I started sometime in 2013 or 2014; I can’t remember exactly. I know I received a kindle for my birthday, and I started reading a lot of historical romance at that point to pass the time. Then I stumbled upon one of my childhood favorites The Dartagnan Romances. My dad recommended that to me when I first started getting into reading more frequently. After re-reading the series, I fell in love with it all over again, but it felt like the story between Louis XIV and Louise de La Valliere was cut short. I wanted to see more of the romance, so I started writing my version of it. I’ve never published it, but it was the cornerstones of my writing career. I don’t know, maybe one day a heavily revised version of it might meet the world.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Corinne M Knight: Never give up. There might come a time when you’ll doubt yourself, but you have to stay strong. The indie community is very friendly and I have met some amazing people with which I am currently working, and they’re helping me become a better writer.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Corinne M Knight: Reading is one of them. I take some breaks from writing from time to time, and I sit there and read my favorite authors. It’s not wasted time if it helps me improve my prose. Listening to feedback is another one. I work with an amazing editor, and she gives me a lot of feedback on my manuscripts, which I love.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Corinne M Knight: Always the characters. I’m working on a story right now about a fallen angel, and the first scene that I wrote on it was his descent from Heaven to Earth. At this point, I have no clue about his story, but as I start writing the scenes, it all unfolds.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Corinne M Knight: I let the story and the characters take me where they want to. I always have a goal in mind, but I never know how I’ll get there. So every morning, I make myself a coffee, I turn on my laptop, put on my favorite tunes, and start writing. If a particular scene doesn’t come to mind, then I go to the beginning of the manuscript. I kinda write in layers. I get a skeleton scene out, then I go over it several times until I’m happy with the flow. By the time that I am done, I have ideas on how to carry on. It helps that I bounce ideas off my editor as well. Did I mention how amazing she is??
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Corinne M Knight: As soon as I created my first manuscript and I started on it. I didn’t treat this as a hobby, more like a craft. So I started learning it. I read books, I kept writing and even when I doubted myself, I never gave up.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Corinne M Knight: I try to stay away from social media as much as I can when I’m writing. But I’m always a message away if anyone needs help with anything. I’m currently on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and planning to start promoting on TikTok if I can figure out how to do it without getting my face on there. I don’t think I can get past talking to a camera and not an actual person, but you never know.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Corinne M Knight: My favorite part of publishing is holding my paperbacks. That’s when I know that all my time I put into creating them and all the hard work has become real. Marketing is my least favorite part; I work with some amazing people who take care of that to do what I do best.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Corinne M Knight: Leave it for the experts if you’re like me and don’t have the time. A well-designed cover for the right market is worth more than you can imagine in the long term. It will save you money and probably make you some because people judge a book by its cover. It screams professionalism, and as an author, you want to create your brand.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Corinne M Knight: I wrote four books, only three published yet, since this time last year. I do a lot of anthologies, so I have a lot of projects in the works, and you’ll see them coming up a lot on my social media. I’m got my schedule full until the end of next year, and I’m very excited about that. I have just finished writing The Midnight Prince, which is book three from the Order of the Dragons series. That is my favorite book so far. The whole series is amazing. The first book follows Lucien De Winter, a descendant of Dracula, and his journey as a member of the Order of the Dragon, an organization that deals with supernatural creatures across Europe. In book three, we get to meet Dracula. A lot is going on, a lot of feels, and I have poured my heart into writing it. We get to see Vlad at his high and low. Definitely worth a read.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Corinne M Knight: In every book I wrote, the ending always got me. I’m never prepared to say goodbye to the characters.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Corinne M Knight: There’s a lot of tension between the main characters in the book, and I loved writing every bit of that. I mean Dracula’s love interest is an assassin. It can’t get hotter than that.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Corinne M Knight: Definitely Dracula because I just feel ancient. Haha. All jokes aside, I’m an old soul.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Corinne M Knight: As I’ve mentioned before, these books are part of a series. I still got book two to finish. That one will be released as soon as it’s done. But there are a lot of characters that I want to tell their story. Alessandra, the assassin is one of them. At this point, there’s a 90% chance she’ll be my next focus, but we never know. Maybe I introduce a more interesting character in book 2. I forgot to mention, these books don’t follow each other’s events. Only book three follows the events of book one so far.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Corinne M Knight: I’m a highly creative person. I’m a painter as well. I did a lot of oils in my childhood, the religious icons type; it’s quite a big thing in some countries in Europe, and I just gifted them to people who appreciated my art. In the past years, I have moved on to acrylic painting. I scanned all my art and put it on for sale on Etsy as prints. I haven’t done any new works of art because I can’t bear to take time away from writing, but hopefully, when I stop signing up for so many projects, I’ll start painting again.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
Corinne M Knight: I’m introverted and quite shy when meeting new people, but once I pass that stage, you can’t get me to shut up. I talk a lot of nonsense, and I’ll start mentioning facts from history if the opportunity arises. Something I dislike about the world is poverty. I wasn’t born into it, but I wanted to be financially independent of my parents at an early age. So I got a job as soon as I was able and have been working ever since.