Love's Long Shadow
by Ciara Knight
Sammy Lorre was cast from Heaven for conduct unbecoming an angel. Living in a demon-infested small town with no memory of her previous life, she faces never-ending purgatory until Boon saunters into her life with a promise of angelic love. But is he an angel from Heaven or a minion from the underworld preying on her human emotions? To discover his true identity, she must risk eternal damnation and her heart.
Length: 12,000 words, novella; Price: $1.99
Love's Long Shadow can be found at these links:
TMP bookstore . Amazon Kindle . Smashwords
Bookstrand . All Romance Ebooks/OmniLit
I met Ciara Knight online when I joined some online writing groups. Her enthusiasm and genuine friendliness have always stood out to me. She's truly a jewel in the writing community. Okay, I'll quit gushing over her.
Ciara, let's start by talking about your writing and then move on to the personal questions! What's happened in your "writer's life" in the past six months?
Ciara Knight (CK): The last six months have been an exciting time in my writing life. On April 1st, I signed my first contract for my YA paranormal, Rise from Darkness, with Turquoise Morning Press, followed by the rest of the series a couple of months later. Then in July, I signed a contract with Crescent Moon Press for my adult fantasy, The Curse of Gremdon.
What is your favorite part about being a writer and your least favorite?
CK: I love to create new stories, to get lost in other worlds. I think my least favorite is the submission process. I’m sure every writer can relate to that. J
When did you decide to become a writer? Did any person or event influence your decision?
CK: I’ve had a passion or storytelling since I was a young child. However, due to a language disorder it wasn’t an option. Back then, they believed everyone who had difficulty speaking was unable to learn. I was stuck in a portable behind the school for years. I didn’t mind, I had my imagination. Once I hit college I thrived, acing most of my classes. Still, I didn’t have the confidence to write a book. Sure, I’d written short stories and poems, but I thought it was a fluke. It wasn’t until one of my sons faced language difficulties himself, and I told him he could do anything that I realized there was no reason I couldn’t too, including writing my own stories. His strength and determination amaze and inspire me daily. That’s when my hubby gave me a laptop to start my first novel. I haven’t looked back since.
Tell me about your writing process. When and where do you write?
CK: Before I face the dreaded blank screen, I let my imagination free. Once I have a clear idea, I’ll outline, then open a document, close my eyes, and type as it flows out. I don’t concern myself with the language issues, sentence structure, or punctuation. Don’t worry; no one ever sees that draft. J I tend to write at a coffee shop with earphones, or at home when the kids are at school. My favorite spot is my back deck during the fall.
If I were to award you with an all-expenses paid writing vacation, where would you like to go? It's just you and your laptop....
CK: Wow! I LOVE to travel. If it’s just me and my laptop, I’d love to go to the Canary Islands.
Please choose a favorite book from each of the following genres (feel free to say "none"): romance, science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal.
Romance: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Science Fiction: Ender’s Game
Fantasy: Harry Potter
Paranormal: No way I can choose only one. J
Let's pretend (or hope) that a famous author reads and loves one of your novels. He/She writes you a fan letter. Name the person who would thrill you the most.
CK: J K Rowling
Are you a plotter, panster, or neither?
CK: I used to be a panster. After two rewrites, I’m now a plotter. I go all the way to chapter goals, motivation, conflict, disaster. Not that I stick to the outline. ;)
Please tell us about "the call" or "the email" with a contract offer for your novel.
CK: I received an email on April fool’s day for my first contract. As you can imagine, I sat there for a moment wondering if it were a joke. J
What are your writing plans for the next year?
CK: I sold a couple of books on proposal. So first off, I’ll be finishing those books. J After that, I’m in the third draft of a YA dystopian I hope to finish and make shiny.
Now...let's find out more about you.
Favorite song of all time-
Come What May from the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack. It is my hubby and my song.
Best movie you saw this year-
Probably Harry Potter.
Tennis shoes or high heels-
Love high heels, but my back doesn’t. J
Chocolate or vanilla-
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