About the Author
Katie McKnight lives on Long Island with her husband, three teenaged sons and their dog Madison. She studied creative writing at Queens College and Piedmont College. When she isn’t spending time with her family, she’s working on her next novel.
What inspires you to write romance books?
Secrets Revealed began as a fifteen second dream about a newlywed struggling to get along with her in-laws. The dream haunted me until I wrote the idea on paper. Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? I didn’t think so either, so I added a hot husband, a secret, blackmail, kidnapping and murder. Seventy-five thousand words later, my protagonist and her husband’s love story was complete.
Tell us about how you write:
I write my ideas and the ending on paper. Once the writing road map is complete, I turn the writing over to my characters and allow them to tell me their story.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I spend quiet time listening to dialogue in my head. During editing, I act out the scene so I can get a feel for each character and authenticate dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write the first draft for yourself. Do not concern yourself with anything except the story. When your first draft is complete, rewrite the story with readers in mind. Never, ever allow anyone to discourage you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I researched self publishing and traditional publishing. Both avenues have positive points, as well as negative attributes. I decided to shop my manuscript around to small publishers. If no one picked it up, I planned to self-publish. In the end, I was fortunate to find two publishers interested in my story.
I suggest new writers research and pick the avenue that best suits them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope the larger publishing houses eventually welcome manuscripts from unknown authors. The top three companies have so much to offer. There are so many wonderful authors yet to be discovered. The world is changing, I hope publishing houses do too.
What genres do you write:: Suspenseful Romance, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print