Interview with Eliza Knight

When did you first start writing?
I've always been a writer. I can remember being in kindergarten and drawing pictures of princesses and castles. By second grade, I'd written my first book titled: The Mouse Who Stole the Cheese, and my teacher told my mom that I would be an author one day. In 3rd grade, I had a short story published in a book my school coordinated for a fundraiser, and by aged 9, I had sent my first submission to a publisher! You could say, I was born a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In my latest novel, my heroine has discovered that her father is being blackmailed by a villain--the same villain he's forcing her to marry. Luckily for her, the hero, a handsome and fierce Highlander, has been sent on a mission to put a stop to the villain's border raids. When she offers herself up as collateral, he decides to take her prisoner. Only, he finds himself falling for her... and likewise, she can't help but want to kiss the man who should be her enemy....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been published with several small publishers and was finding it hard to pull myself out of obscurity. A friend of mine had been trying her hand at indie, and using her as inspiration, I gave it a shot. It was the best decision I ever made as it helped launch my career and bring me to where I am today.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me, is creating living, breathing, feeling characters and sharing their stories, their worlds, with readers. Creating that emotional connection on the page that tugs at heartstrings!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I confess, I am a tv binge-watcher! Like books, I want it all right then and there! I hate waiting weekly for a show. So, in my off time, if I'm not reading, I'm catching up on shows. I also love adventuring, museums, hiking, traveling, cooking, wine-tasting, and being with my family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From other readers! I love to see what people are reading and loving!
What is your writing process?
First the research, then the plotting, then the writing. I write a bare bones structure, and then go back in to fill in the meat of the story. Then I read through to make certain it all flows before sending it to my crit partner and editors.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte -- I love this book so much because despite all the obstacles of life that are thrust upon Jane and Mr. Rochester, they manage to come out on top and forge for themselves a happy ending. At the heart, it is a story of resilience and triumph.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen -- This book is fabulous for all its complexities, the vividness of the characters and a glimpse at life from various points and stations. I love the way the characters interact, and I love that Jane and Elizabeth triumph in love. This book also shows us firsthand that an arrogant, seemingly hard-hearted man can actually be quick romantic and warm.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett -- I have read this book so many times... The characters, the obstacles, a true, gritty glimpse of medieval life, all of it, I am obsessed with. When I read this book, I feel like I am THERE, and as a history nerd who wishes she could travel back in time, this book does it for me every time I read it. It is also complex enough, that it changes every time I read it. I read it for the first time as a teenager, and then again in my 20's, and again in my 30's. I've made it a standing vow to read it once a decade, bc every time its a different story depending on where I am in my life.
The Bride by Julie Garwood -- This was the first Scottish romance novel I ever read, and I will always remember it for being what had me falling in love with Highlanders. The strength of the hero, the independence of the heroine, the adventure, romance, passion, is what draws you into Alec and Jaime's life.
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George -- It's no secret that I have loved history and royals since I was a child. I read this book for the first time in my teens, and devoured it. You could say this book is what started me on a path of obsession with the Tudor dynasty. Henry VIII is so bad, and the perfect villain. I have a soft spot for him!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything! I love historical fiction, romance, young-adult, non-fiction, memoirs. Literally everything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I typically will read an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite. But I have also read them on my phone, iPad and computer. The Kindle however is easier on my eyes that other devices that I own, which is important after being on a computer all day.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing a good book--and then writing the next. If a reader loves your book they will look for the next one you've written, and they will share with other readers how they felt.
Published 2018-07-10.
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Books by This Author

Dark Side of the Laird
Series: Highland Bound, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,970. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
When the damaged and tormented Emma first meets the equally broken Logan, they embark on a torrid, emotionally provocative affair that irrevocably changed their lives. Emma has sacrificed her entire being and just when she thinks Logan is willing to do the same, he holds back. Reluctant for their love to be a thing of shadows, E
The Highlander's Sin
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,170. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
He stole her away… But she set him free… They called him The Priest. Maybe because of his billowing black robes and the steel crucifix that hung around his neck. Or perhaps it was because those who met him were compelled to pray. But Duncan Mackay was anything but a saint. He was a sinner—a paid mercenary. Until he met her, and she made him want to change his ways.
Bared to the Laird
Series: Highland Bound, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,080. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Secret obsession makes for the sweetest of sins. Overwhelmed by her new life in another era with the Laird of Gealach, and the feelings that threaten to consume her, Emma determines she must return to her own time and a semblance of sanity. But she can't escape Logan and the passion he ignites within her, nor the unfaltering love she has for him.
The Highlander's Triumph
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,610. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Lady Mariana wants nothing more than to break free of the tyrannical hold the English king has on her. When he sends her to Scotland with a message for the rebels, instead of obeying his orders, she finds herself submitting to her desires. After one sizzling, life-altering night, Brandon and Mariana must part ways. But Mariana has no intention of betraying her heart again.
Behind the Plaid
Series: Highland Bound, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,790. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
He dominated her mind. She possessed his soul. Emma Gordon escapes from a troubling marriage in which she’s completely lost sight of who she is. Desperate for independence, she leaves her husband while on a trip in the Scottish Highlands. Only thing is, she ends up hurled back in time to the 16th Century Castle Gealach and headlong into the arms of the handsome, intimidating Laird Logan Grant.
The Highlander's Warrior Bride
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,490. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Their greatest opponent won’t be battled with a sword… But with their hearts… Ronan Sutherland is a fierce warrior. Swearing off all else, he thrives on his powerful position within William Wallace’s army. Freedom for the Scots is his mission—until he meets fair Julianna. She captivates him, intoxicates him…makes him want more out of life than what harsh dangers he’s accustomed to.
The Highlander's Lady
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,210. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A Highlander tamed... Laird Daniel Murray seeks adventure not marriage, until he stumbles across an enchanting lady with an offer he simply can't refuse and a desire he attempts to dismiss. A lady's passion ignited... The future of her clan at stake, Lady Myra must trust the handsome, charismatic Highland laird who promises to keep her safe--and sets her heart to pounding.
The Highlander's Conquest
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,630. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
BOOK TWO: The Stolen Bride Series What is a Highlander to do when he falls for the daughter of his enemy? And what is a lady to do when she cannot trust her heart? Surrender never tasted so sweet…
The Highlander's Reward
Series: Stolen Bride, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,280. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
She belonged to another… But was destined to be his… Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a battle. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.