Interview with Ann Knightingale

Published 2016-05-09.
When did you first start writing?
I have found papers of my writing from when I was in maybe first grade. But my first memory was just before fourth grade when my grandparents wanted to see if I could write a full page or not. So I sat down and had no idea what to write about, I had this big, old dollhouse that I played with constantly when I was there and I was obsessed with ghost stories (didn't help when for the last four years all students at my elementary school claimed the school was haunted) so I wrote one of my own. It was supposed to be one page and ended up to be, I believe, about twenty pages front and back. I'm actually rewriting that story to post here, I'm just having it grow up a little before I post it online.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I choose Nook as my reading device, my family are really big Barnes and Noble people and don't live to far from a store. We usually go there once maybe twice a month and I was able to buy my first book reader at the age of fourteen or fifteen, I remember I'd saved up for almost a year and was just barely able to buy the first addition as it was just going out of stock. I was really proud of it and still am to this day even though I've updated twice.
Describe your desk
What desk? Most of my writing starts out on a pad of paper and a pen, if I like the direction it's going I'll start typing on my computer. I don't have a specific place I write, I just kind of write when an idea comes to me whether I'm on my bedroom or in the living room it really doesn't matter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I can honestly say that most of my books come from dreams, quite literally. I dreamed The Agency, but I only had a glimpse of Chest walking through the house and, as my dream self, knew who the family was. It took me months to figure out how I wanted the story to go, and I wrote and rewrote it many times over the space of about two years as you can probably tell from my writing technique. I only have one regret about that book, and that is that I spent so much time on it that I was sick of it by the time reviewing and editing came around that I think I did a lousy job of it. I would go back and do it except I'm afraid I would take away from the story the pieces I so desperately wanted to write about when I first had the idea.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They are the ones giving me my break and I love them for it. Everyone has to start somewhere and I wouldn't be able to do what I love without them. I could publish and publish until I was blue in the face and my fingers fell off from typing so much, but none of it would matter if no one read my work. I'm thankful for them and think about them every time I write. Every time I sit at my computer I read over what I'd written and think 'is this something they would like?' as a writer I feel my responsibility is to give them something they would enjoy and I try.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've always liked James Patterson's style. His imagination just floors me and I love it. I read the Maximum Ride series over and over. as well as the Witch and Wizard. I also Like Stephanie Meyer's The Host. I think it is a wonderful piece and if she chooses to she could add on to it and it would be equally amazing. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series from J.K. Rowing I think she has an amazing imagination as well. The list can go on and on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Right now, my life is working and college. If I'm not working for money, I'm working on college work. I am able to squeeze some time of writing in there but not as much as I would like. I'm not happy with how slow I'm getting things written and published but right now I don't have much of a choice. I apologize to the fans of The Agency for that. I don't know if any of them are waiting for anything new from me and if they are I'm sorry but I am working on something new and will hopefully get it out by the end of this year.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on several things. Even though vampires are highly over done in my opinion I'm writing one anyway called A New Beginning. I'm hoping to put a new spin on them. I'm also writing Werewolf in New York which is about exactly what it sounds like. A teenage werewolf who is trying to hide her supernatural self in one of the biggest cities in America. I have a start to a Renaissance themed book named Warrior Woman. I have a list of five that I have just on my computer. That's not counting my notebooks of ideas I've started to see if I can get them to go anywhere. I can't just write one thing at a time, it's just not how I function. I'm hoping to get A New Beginning out by the end of the year and Werewolf in New York shortly thereafter.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I go through my day and I find things I can add to a story and I find ways to link it in. I may go a week not touching my writing before I find anything I think I can work in to a story and then spend several days of working on it after work and classwork. It just depends on how things are going in my daily life. I would love to make writing my whole life but I have bills to pay and classes to study for. I am horrible at revision because I know how my work is supposed to sound and what I'm trying to say, thank goodness for Word's spell check and grammar check.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to give people a visual of what goes on in my imagination. I love getting my ideas on paper and seeing how far I can take it. But the best thing about it is giving my fans something they can enjoy.
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Books by This Author

The Agency
Price: Free! Words: 31,200. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Macey has just landed herself a new family after being on the run from people trying to force her in to an unneeded rehab and being kidnapped. Now she has to try to maneuver in a new family and try to come to terms of her being in love with the family guardian.