Interview with Autumn Knight

When did you first start writing?
I was maybe in grade three or four and I wanted to know how beavers lived in those weird little stick homes. So my cousins and I decided to investigate. This did not go well for us, and we were chased off by one angry mom with very large teeth. Wet and discouraged my mother with much smaller teeth, suggested I do some research and then write a story about my experience. I was hooked!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Alberta Canada. In a home with lots of books and music, our mother would often play classical music and tell us stories to the tunes. Many evenings we galloped across emerald green hills and fought mighty battles on wave tossed seas! Or we were given the sears catalogue, scissors, a box and glue, to create our own apartments and paper dolls. Imagination was not a bad word, but encouraged and even applauded. I spent the week in our home in the city and many weekend and holidays on the farm with my relatives. I really had the very best of both worlds.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I live in a multicultural country, we are very diverse and an interesting society. I grew up in a family that encouraged us to never be afraid to ask questions and learn about those things/people around us. Also the schools I went to were like a meeting of the nations, so to have friends who were first generation Canadian or Serbian, Lebanese or Scottish descent was not unusual. I want others to know that we cook perogies, barbecue steaks and eat baklava for dinner and this is normal for us. We speak fringlish (a mixture of French and English) and our circles of friends and family may include Portuguese, Italian, French or Slavic's.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of publishing, working in the publishing field I got a taste for working from home and wanted something that I could do as time permitted without contracts and deadlines. This forum is perfect for those who like to colour outside the lines.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to do something I love and given me a venue to share this passion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The evolution of my characters.
I am just as surprised as those who read my work, the direction these characters take the story in.
In Dancing with the Dragon, I had no idea Nikki was gonna be a welder, or that she had these funny weird brothers.
In Resisting Temptation, now there was a weird one. It started with a dress and then an afternoon spent in a Menopause class. I swear, I really did attend a class like that.
In this latest book, Love Without Reservations, it was a funeral and sitting next to my crazy sister...gosh I love that girl!
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal! I appreciate the time they take to read my work. Even more when they take a few minutes to drop me an email and tell me what they think and how I can improve.Or just to say hello!
What are you working on next?
I have a few books sitting here waiting for me to finish them or finish editing. A book called Too Young...Kyle and his family are my new friends and I am interested to see where we all end up. His cousin Alex has already interrupted our work and I had to start his story. (See eye roll) Alex's story is almost completed and I think I will publish them (Kyle and Alex) together.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh boy thats a hard one, my reading tastes vary. So really anyone who can take me on an adventure and hold my attention, its game on!
I have been touting Sarah Maas to friends and family, I really enjoyed MC books. Nora Roberts of course. Anything by Tallgirl on WattsApp, LL Muir, Emma Rose and one author that is not well known but I have greatly enjoyed is James Oswald the sir benfro series
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog!
Seriously, his name is Danny. He's a shepard/sheltie cross. He is so cute and lays his face on my bed and stares at me until I get up and take him out. Danny's also afraid of the dark, so we have to go out with him at night time? Biggest. Baby. Ever!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love to hunt for books from authors I am currently reading, plus if there is the opportunity for a notification, I will use those.
My whole family are readers and we share books and authors names. One of my nieces put me on to RL Mathewson, I love this authors writing, she is hilarious.
What is your writing process?
I often get ideas from the most unlikely places.
I write the thoughts down and put it away until I can get to my desktop. When I have an idea of what these main characters are like, I start a profile on a spreadsheet, brown hair, green eyes, age 27...etc.
Once I have a basic outline of my characters, I start writing. Sometimes I will have to quit, as it just wrong and will often come back and rework the story. But that is the starting process.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was pretty good too. I have thought of redoing it. The weird part is, I mentioned it to a casual friend and she was "Seriously, did you steal that idea from so and so, because that is the way they met?" I had no idea that this idea was true to life of people I knew, so I kind of dropped the idea.
Besides, I have too many irons in the fire right now.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Are you there God its me Margaret?
I learned 'I must, I must, I must increase my bust' and swinging my arms out as I chant this, doesn't work.
I learned don't believe everything you read!
How do you approach cover design?
I had real issues there and want something generic so that the reader can use their imagination.
So all my covers feature shoes. I'm a girl and shoes work for me! I hope the shoes give just a hint of what's inside.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My first chapter book I read all by myself was 'Are you there God its me Margaret' and I already explained about that! By the way I was 9 or 10 at the time of this reading.
The outsiders, a great book for teens.
God on a Harley, was a good one, I learned to purge.
Five love languages, taught me about my family and how to serve them better.
I read this book at a friends request 'the greatest salesman in the world', It was nothing like I thought it was, now I'm a huge fan of Og Mandino's.
Gosh there are so many I can go forever.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love action and adventure, romance and sex. Fantasy and paranormal. If it has words I'll read it. Cereal boxes work.
I read From Eternity to Here, the Hot Zone, The Great Influenza and Timeline or anything by Lee Childs. I don't have a favorite since all writing interests me. Quantum physics/gravity sci/fi I love to explore.
Although I will say life is too short for a bad book, if I have a problem with a book I will put it away and not finish it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my phone for appointments like the dentists office, its small and fits in my pocket. My kobo for travel and flights it has a nice long battery life. My tablet for bed.
Oh did I mention I'm a tech junky?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth so far, not very savvy to e-marketing.
Describe your writing venue/office
I write in my home office, its a converted bedroom. I have decorating pictures and my book covers for inspiration.
Plus a wicked sound system, I love to blast my music while I am writing.
I have this awesome bamboo desk that is adjustable and long, my husband made it for me! It's really very neat right now, which is kinda weird for me. With a all-in-one desk top computer and BOSE speakers for my spotify tunes. My one playlist has over 800 songs. Music is just as important to me as reading.
What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my work...Please be good to you.
I want to hear from you autumnknight@writeme.com!
Published 2018-06-07.
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Books by This Author

Love Without Reservations
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 72,450. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Digging Deeper Series: All three books available in Love Without Reservations: Secrets, Family Secrets and Promises Kept. Work, love and friendship are hard, and even harder when secrets are kept and husbands are away. Boring unassuming Marce, who lusts after more than a new job. Chantel with the perfect life and perfect marriage. Finally, terrifying, gun toting, bitchy Erica. Friends! Really?
Resisting Temptation
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 27,630. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
When you have a widowed, premenopausal, curvy mother with over flowing assets, who is thinking of dating and making changes in her life. Things get tough! Responsible Lynette has no idea the effect she has on her son’s, until she is faced with the reality of their feelings. Age 18+ explicit material.
All About Love
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 41,400. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
How does a single mom and business owner balance everything? Not always successfully, but with a little patience and a great deal of faith, it’s doable! Life isn’t always easy, but it's fun when you have the right person by your side.
Dancing with the Dragon
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 40,340. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What happens when you take a clumsy welder, an out of town dragon and try to teach them to dance and play nice? A bloody nose, a secret wedding, actually four weddings and a baby!