Interview with Jude Knight

How do you approach cover design?
I researched what other authors had said about cover design, and spent a lot of time thinking about the way I wanted to present the story. I also looked at many images, trying to find one that would work. I decided I wanted a great house and an invalid chair, but finding them was quite a trick! I've blogged about the cover journey, but the brief end point was that I eventually had the chair drawn by an artist I know. I also experimented with a number of fonts before I found one that worked at thumbnail size. I'm pleased with the result. What do you think?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read widely. I particularly like historical fiction and historical romance, sf, mystery, and fantasy. But I also read biographies, philosophy, contemporary novels. You name it, really.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle. I've also started reading books in iBooks on my iPad. But my Kindle is my go-to reading device of choice.
Describe your desk
I have a vari-desk. It sits on a table, and can be raised and lowered, so that I can stand for part of the day, and sit for part of the day. Because it moves up and down, I need to keep it tidy, which is a great help! I have two screens - a laptop and an attached monitor - and I often have the iPad sitting there, too. When I'm writing, I can have a google window up on one screen, my book database on the iPad, and my document file on the other screen.
When did you first start writing?
My mother swears I was telling stories to my toys in my playpen before I could talk. I had my first article and my first short story published in the newspaper the year I turned 14. That was 50 years ago. I've been a commercial writer of one sort or another most of my adult life, but my first love and my passion is fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began Candle's Christmas Chair to explain how the couple in my novel, Farewell to Kindness, got together. They came out of the crowd at the Assembly at Chipping Niddwick, and Viscountess Avery examined the invalid chair that had collapsed under my character Major Alex Reedepenning, during a line dance. When she diagnosed sabotage, and her husband backed her up, saying that she designed the chair, I knew I needed to know the backstory.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Jim Azevedo made a compelling case for Smashwords and indie publishing at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference earlier this year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it all. I love working out the plots, getting to know the characters, writing down the scenes that unreel inside my head, editing to make the text stronger, talking to great people on facebook, twitter, and goodreads. I love being an author.
What are you working on next?
I have Farewell to Kindness with beta readers, am doing character sketches and plot outlines for Encouraging Prudence, and researching canal boats for A Raging Madness.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my work. I love my husband and my family. Life is good.
Published 2014-12-17.
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Books by This Author

If Mistletoe Could Tell Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,400. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Historical » Regency
In this 2017 box set, you’ll find Jude’s four published Christmas novellas plus two Christmas-themed stories from her lunch-length reads collections. All together in one 97,500 word volume for your holiday pleasure.
Lord Calne's Christmas Ruby
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,360. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When an impoverished earl sets out to help a wealthy merchant's daughter solve the mystery of her aunt's disappearing inheritance, neither intend romance. He can't afford to wed, and won't live on his wife. She won't marry a fortune hunter. But pride is a cold bedfellow, and Christmas may bring a change of heart.
Never Too Late
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,490. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Bluestocking Belles. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
Eight authors and eight different takes on four dramatic elements selected by our readers—an older heroine, a wise man, a Bible, and a compromising situation that isn’t. Set in a variety of locations around the world over eight centuries, welcome to the romance of the Bluestocking Belles’ 2017 Holiday Anthology. It’s Never Too Late to find love.
Lost in the Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,170. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Four short stories and a novella as a taste of Jude's writing. Historical romance with lost loves reunited and mysteries untangled.
A Suitable Husband
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Perhaps among the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party, she will find a suitable husband?
A Raging Madness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,160. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Their marriage is a fiction. Their enemies are all too real. Ella survived an abusive and philandering husband, in-laws who hate her, and public scorn. But she’s not sure she will survive love. Alex understands his supposed wife never wishes to remarry. And if she had chosen to wed, it would not have been to him. But malicious enemies force them to face their past in order to save their future..
Revealed in Mist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,390. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00)
Prue's job is to uncover secrets, but she hides a few of her own. Enquiry agent David solves problems for the ton, but knows he will never be one of them. Together, they must face the past to find their future.
Holly and Hopeful Hearts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 192,220. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016 by Bluestocking Belles. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?
Gingerbread Bride
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,210. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Travelling with her father’s fleet has left Mary Pritchard ill-prepared for London Society, and prey to the machinations of false friends. When she strikes out on her own to find a more suitable locale to take up her solitary spinsterhood, she finds adventure, trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue. This novella first appeared in the Bluestocking Belles 2015 box set.
Hand-Turned Tales
Price: Free! Words: 48,240. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(5.00)
Hand-Turned Tales is a sampler pack of three short stories and a novella. Dip in, and try Jude's writing for free: four very different tales with a variety of heroes, heroines, villains, and settings.
A Baron for Becky
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,130. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(5.00)
She was a fallen woman. How could the men who loved her help her land on her feet?
Farewell to Kindness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,310. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Rede: a reluctant earl, focused on his quest for revenge against the murderers of his family. Anne: a mysterious widow, seeking to keep her family hidden from scandal and danger. Their instant attraction must be denied. Giving up their secrets to one another means turning their backs on all they've worked for. Then their enemies join forces, and Rede and Anne need one another to survive.
Candle's Christmas Chair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,590. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(4.89)
When Viscount Avery comes to see an invalid chair maker, he does not expect to find Min Bradshaw, the woman who rejected him 3 years earlier. Or did she? He wonders if there is more to the story. For 3 years, Min Bradshaw has remembered the handsome guardsman who courted her for her fortune. She didn't expect to see him in her workshop, and she certainly doesn't intend to let him fool her again.