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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Silver Lake and Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! I feel very privileged to be hosting exciting debut author, Kathryn Knight. Kathryn has kindly offered an e-copy of Silver Lake to one lucky commenter. Don't forget to leave your email address so you're easy to find if you're the lucky one!
Hi Kathryn. Thanks for visiting! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure, but first off, I’d like to say thank you for having me today!  I’m the mom of two boys, and my wonderful husband has been my biggest supporter throughout this journey into writing.  My educational background is actually in business, and I went as far as earning an MBA in an attempt to steer myself into a “practical” career!  Most mornings I teach fitness classes, which is a great part time job that I enjoy immensely.
What a great job that would be – and it would fit so well into a writing schedule too! When did you first consider yourself a writer?
It took me 2 ½ years to write Silver Lake, but I honestly didn’t consider myself a writer until I got that publishing contract on a Friday morning in December.  Having a publisher willing to back my work made it real for me.
Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
I had developed almost the entire plot for Silver Lake years before I even typed one word.  My husband is the one who convinced me to write the story down.  I think the original idea came from my genuine love for ghost stories mixed with romance.  For me, a mysterious and spooky paranormal element combined with a tension-filled romantic relationship is the perfect recipe for an exciting read. 
It sounds like this book was ‘the book of your heart’. I can’t wait to read it! I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
On a chilly morning in December 2011, I opened my emails to see one waiting for me from the editor I’d submitted to at my publisher.  The subject line was only the title of my book, so I wasn’t sure what would be waiting inside.  When I opened it, heart pounding, I saw the line, “Attached please find your author contract.”  I ran around the kitchen, jumping up and down, and my youngest son, who had not yet left for school, was hugging me and jumping around with me.
That is such a gorgeous picture! How great to have such a special person to share your moment with! What drew you to write your chosen genre?
When I was in second grade, my father brought home the usual weekly stack of chapter books the local librarian had recommended for me.  Generally, the books revolved around horses, my main interest as an 8-year-old girl.  But sometimes other subject matter found its way into the pile, and this time, there was a book entitled Jane-Emily, by Patricia Clapp.  The tag line read “A ghost story…and a love story”.  My first paranormal romance—I was hooked.  I read that book over and over again throughout my childhood.  I’ve read it to my children.  When I see a looking glass ball in someone’s yard, the young ghost of the fictional Emily is still the first thing that jumps into my thoughts.
What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
I’m a perfectionist, so that’s a big challenge.  It becomes painful when it’s time for the final proof read of the Galley copy, when I know it’s my last chance to make a change or fix an error.  I drive myself crazy!
Oh, yes *nodding vigorously in agreement* That final check before hitting ‘send’ can be terrifying! Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
One thing I did not have figured out when I began writing Silver Lake was the location. I knew I needed certain requirements for the story to work, and after researching options, I chose the wealthy area of Fairfield County, Connecticut, and the nearby vacation area surrounding Candlewood Lake. Once I had made the decision, I knew I had to plan a visit—but since it was at least a 4-hour drive, I couldn’t do it in a day trip. In the next few days, we received a notification from my son’s AAA baseball team that we would need to make plans to travel to a tournament—which turned out to be right where I set my novel!
How cool is that?! It just goes to show this book was meant to be written J What are you working on right now?
I have a third novel on the backburner while I focus on edits for my second novel.
Latest news?
Last month, I received a contract for my second paranormal romance, Gull Harbor. We just finished perfecting the blurb and I hope to get a spring release date. 
Congratulations Kathryn! Now, who wants to learn more about Kathryn's book? I do too! Here is the blurb and a short excerpt. Don't forget to make a comment and leave your email address in case you're the lucky winner of the Silver Lake giveaway!
Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling—encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.
Five years ago, Rain's tight-knit group of high school friends unraveled when one vanished during their senior year. Now, a parent's deathbed request has reunited the friends at Silver Lake, including Jason Lansing, the man Rain discarded. Rain and Jason discover the powerful attraction between them has survived, but though Jason is willing to forgive, he can't let himself forget. The possibility of falling for Rain again is too risky.
Slamming doors, crashing objects, flaring fires—clearly the ghost has a message to share. As Rain and Jason struggle to unravel the truth, they must face a desperate spirit in need of help…and a burning passion that refuses to die.
“I saw...a figure. A figure with dark hair, and I think it was Brandy.” She shuddered and put her forehead back on his chest.
Reluctantly, he moved their bodies apart a bit and scanned her face. He held on to her shoulders and asked calmly, “You saw Brandy? Brandy is here?”
She shook her head. “No, I saw… like… an image of Brandy. I woke up, because it was cold, and I saw something moving. It was Brandy, I’m sure of it, although I didn’t see her face clearly. And then she, um, disappeared.”
“An image of Brandy? Are you saying you saw a ghost, Rain?” He was pretty sure she’d had another nightmare, but the way she had flown out of her room gave him the impression it had been an extremely vivid one.
“I know, it sounds ridiculous. But that’s what I saw. And she sort of, well, went through the wall. I’m sure you don’t believe me,” she added miserably, lifting her stormy eyes to his.
He pulled her back into a hug before he could stop himself. “I absolutely believe you. Whether you were awake or asleep, you saw Brandy and that’s scary. I don’t think we can deny that weird things are happening here.”
Jason smoothed her hair and waited patiently for her trembling to subside. If a ghost really was lurking in her bedroom, there wasn’t a whole heck of a lot he could do about that. A rare sense of powerlessness caused his jaw to clench in frustration.
He stopped watching the door and instead focused on the gorgeous woman in his arms. She clung to him, and his body responded to hers with a familiar ache. He knew he was losing the battle to keep his feelings platonic.

Author Bio:
As a child, Kathryn Knight kept her parents on a constant quest to find enough reading material to last her through each week. An early fondness for books about horses later gave way to a lasting preference for both love stories and ghost stories; as a writer, the paranormal romance genre is a perfect fit. Silver Lake is Kathryn's first novel; her second novel, Gull Harbor, has also received a contract from The Wild Rose Press and will be released in 2013. She lives in New England with her husband, her sons, and a number of rescued animals. Please visit her at or on Facebook at Kathryn Knight books.
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  1. Your novel sounds wonderful. Love a good ghost story with love thrown in. Great cover. Congratulations on the release and wishing you many sales.

  2. Thanks P.L.! ghost story/romance is obviously my favorite combo too :)

  3. Hi Kathryn and LaVerne!
    I love the synchronicity of your need to visit a location for the book's setting and your son's team having a game there. Hmm, perhaps some otherwordly entity meddled in the plans?

    Congratulations on your debut book and your second contract. Sounds like you're off to a great start!

  4. I've never read a ghost story/romance but this looks great, Kathryn! lisarayns(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. THanks for coming by Lisa and Lynne! Yes, what a weird coincidence it was regarding the was a great trip all around :)

  6. Sounds like a book worth reading...will definitely be on the lookout the next time I go book shopping :)

  7. thanks lmkirb, and I appreciate your coming by!

  8. Hey Kathryn and LaVerne, the story sounds fantastic and that cover is just divine! Good luck with sales.

  9. From another Downunder person: welcome Kathryn! Enjoyed this post - much. What a lovely coincidence that your son's baseball tournament just happened at the very place where you'd set your book. Great excuse for research! Your books sound intriguing, Kathryn. Just a little different.

  10. Hi LaVerne and Kathryn. Great interview!
    I love ghost stories and I love romance, so that's awesome that you combined the two. Congrats on your release and your story about jumping up and down through the kitchen when you got word of your contract was soooo sweet! Keep up the great work and best wishes for continued success.

  11. Thank you Joya and Vonnie! I appreciate your coming by :)

  12. Great interview ladies. Kathryn, I got cold chills reading your blurb. Will def add Silver Lake to my TBR pile.

  13. Wow - that was fun! Thanks everyone for stopping by to visit with us. Now the giveaway. Drum roll please......

    The winner is....LISA RAYNS!!!

    Congratulations Lisa. Kathryn will be getting in touch with you soon :) I guess the rest of us will just have to keep trying! I think I'll just cut the waiting short and buy it though. It sounds like an awesome read :)

  14. So glad to hear it, Lilly, and thanks :) Congrats to Lisa and thanks again to my lovely host, I appreciate the support of everyone who stopped by!