Author Interview – Kim Knight – A Stranger In France (A Romantic Suspense Novel)

Hey there everyone and welcome to the start of a brand new shiny week!

Tonight on the Author Interview series, for your pleasure we have author Kim Knight over here and she talks about her debut romantic suspense novel, along with what motivates her to write.

Time to take a trip to Paris from the comfort of your own home, here we go.

 

Hi there Kim, thank you for chatting with us today, we’re really excited to hear more about your new book and writing techniques.

Let’s start with your debut novel “A Stranger In France”. You mention that it is a romantic suspense adventure about two strangers who meet by chance encounter in France. Please tell us more about how the relationship unfolds and what sort of challenges our would-be lovers are going to have to face if they are going to wind up being together forever?

Hello, thanks for having me.

In A Stranger in France, my hero (Nicholas D’Coix) and heroine (Kate Brown) meet in southern France. Kate escapes London to see her girlfriend (Tanya), in France during her half-term break, for some headspace. Kate is experiencing some marital trouble- I won’t say what kind and give it all away. While in France, her path crosses with the delicious Nicholas D’Coix. Their relationship unfolds over a two-week period, and extends beyond this when Kate returns to London. The two are very much into each other. On Kate’s return, she has a massive surprise and so does Nicholas. Again- no spoilers from me! However, their surprises keep them linked further. Danny (Kate’s husband) also has centre stage on her return— he makes a life changing decision that in some ways frees up Kate for Nicholas. I’m keeping mum about all the twists and turns! However, I will say there are a few, clever ones readers won’t see coming.

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You also write for “Love Life, Live” magazine, which is full of lifestyle, culture and everything in between. Tell us more about your writing role there and what you have been up to when submitting articles to them.

Oh I love this magazine there really is something for everyone there. I mainly focus on writing book related and beauty articles for them. Of late, I have been so busy focusing on the completion of A Stranger in France and the editing stage of my next romance book Not Just For Christmas which is due out at Christmas. I’ll be honest and say I’ve not submitted anything to the magazine for a few months! However, they understand what I’m focusing on right now and that I’ll be back in full force submitting articles as soon as life calms down.

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If your novel was to be made into a film, who would you cast in the lead roles?

This is such a hard question. Nicholas is originally from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. He is six-foot-two, very handsome, athletically built, so anyone who fits this description and can pull off a French accent. Visually Idris Elba the actor may fit. Idris is older, in his forties Nicholas is thirty-six.

That said I think if I were ever lucky enough to have this opportunity, I’d happily have a no-named up and coming actor, who visually fits Nicholas’ description. As for Kate, she’s of mixed raced heritage, so again I’d happily have a no-named but very stunning looking and curvy female, of mixed raced heritage play Kate. As I’m from London in the UK I’d root for any British up and coming actors/actresses who can pull of accents and fit the parts visually.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

Easiest – to just write! Like no one is looking. When I was writing A Stranger in France, I did not suffer from writer’s block, which was lucky. I got so into the story and characters it flowed. That said, I’ve gone back to my first ever story idea for a book, and this is much more challenging for me to write. I think it’s due to the fact that it has an element of crime. Due to this, I’m really keen to have accuracy in police procedures and criminal activity. Research and interviewing are the challenges.

The hardest thing about writing, I think honestly is putting your work out there and unleashing it to the world. As a writer you always ask yourself over and over—is the story ever good enough? Also editing, that can be like pulling teeth.

Who are some of the authors in general that inspire you?

Loads, I read so much. The first book that introduced me to romantic suspense Jackie Collins wrote. Deadly Embrace, I read this book when I was barely in my twenties, then read everything after that. I have to salute Ms Collins without a doubt. I love Martina Cole, I respect her as a fellow British author, and I love her writing style, and the mood she creates in her crime novels. She writes real page-turners. I like Diane Chamberlain also, the first book of hers I ever read was fiction based on a real life event back in the sixties in the state of North Carolina. I became a fan ever since. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also, I just loved everything about three of her books I’ve read, Purple Hibiscus, Half a Yellow Sun and Americanah she’s a great writer. From what I’ve read about her she refused to be put in a box and told what to write. I like that.

What sort of research did you do to write your book?

Anything that’s needed to ensure facts are as accurate as possible, in a nutshell.

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Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

Why? Because I love it, I enjoy creating characters, and storylines from the start to finish. I love drawing up the character’s profiles and seeing them as 3D people, when writing and creating them. The inspiration to become a writer came from my love of words I’ve always loved reading and writing from a young age.

Later in life after a little life experience, I just thought get on with it and have fun! So I started to write but never deep down ever thought I’d be a published author. Writing for myself made me happy, now I’m over the moon with excitement.

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

Writing prompts. I do a lot of these that readers can see on my author blog. If I am stuck in a rut or not as motivated to work on my actual story, I’ll do a writing prompt to get my mojo back.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give you your younger self?

Always follow your gut, if it don’t feel right chances are it a’int.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

Reading, being a mum, watching You- Tube beauty tutorials, catching up with friends, at my sewing machine dressmaking.

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

Yes, there are quite a few, now I’m getting ready to release my second book a feel-good romance novella called Not Just For Christmas. A cover reveal is on my author site at www.kimknightauthor.com.

I’m also writing a short story for a serial novel, called Code Red. My publisher asked me to feature alongside 19 other authors, in this novel of short stories. It will be published February 2017 and all money raised from sales will go to children’s cancer research over in the USA. You can visit my author site for a cover reveal and more info. Once I’ve finished writing this short story, which should be in the next few weeks, I will be focus my energy back on my romance –thriller. I’ll start with a bit of research in crime and then write like no one is looking!

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

Keep your head up and be yourself, write what makes you happy, and never give up it just might happen.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you for being here Kim and we look forward to becoming less of a stranger to your work in the near future 🙂

Bio:-

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Kim is thirty-three, from London in the UK. She’s a qualified teacher and mother to a beautiful toddler. As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. After submitting three chapters of a romance /suspense novel she was writing to a USA based publisher in 2016, she scored her first publishing contact. Kim’s first novel is released September 2016, A Stranger in France. Her second novella Not Just For Christmas will be released Christmas 2016. Kim is currently writing her third book a romantic -thriller. As a writer Kim likes to create stories within the romantic -suspense and general thriller genres, with a diverse and multi-cultural character line up. Kim also writes beauty and book related articles published in Love Life, Live magazine.

When she’s not reading or writing novels of her own, her other passions include practising her French, fashion and spending time at her sewing machine dress making, watching make–up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.

You can connect with Kim on the following Social Media channels:-

Facebook:- Kim Knight – Author (FB)
Goodreads:- Kim Knight (Goodreads Author)
Twitter:- Kim Knight – Author (Twitter)
Website:- The Website of Author Kim Knight – Romance-Suspense & Thriller Writer

You can buy Kim’s book here:-

Buy Kim Knight’s “A Stranger in France” in Canada

Buy Kim Knight’s “A Stranger in France” in the UK/Europe

Buy Kim Knight’s “A Stranger in France” in the US/Rest of the World

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