A Lady Forsaken
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
Date of Publication: May 30, 2014
Number of pages: 300 Approximate
Word Count: 75,000 Approximate
Cover Artist: LFD Designs for Authors
A Lady Shunned by All…
Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expect is to come face to face with her past.
A Lord Betrayed by One…
Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn’t anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future.
An Impossible Match, Destined to Be…
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I started writing Only In Her Dreams for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) November 2011 and published it August of 2012. Wow! That’s less than a year! This wasn’t the first novel I wrote (by any means), but my first publishable piece.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest completed book is Shunned No More, A Lady Forsaken (Book One). The best way for me to develop a story is to ask myself questions. Here are some of the questions I asked myself when plotting Shunned No More:
What if a young girl was responsible for a man’s death because of a duel she egged on?
Then...what if BOTH men died?
I took it one step further...what if the men were brothers?
Okay, that’s 34 words! I tried, I really, really did, but it usually takes me 75,000 words (minimum) to tell a story.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self-publish under La Loma Elite Publishing.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
From original idea to completed first draft is usually 45 days. I write fast…the problem is I edit slow, LOL.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Currently, I’m focusing on my favorite genre, Historical Romance. I have two more books out in the next year in my A Lady Forsaken series, plus a novella…oh, and I’ve been plotting TWO more Historical Romance series.
What genre would you place your books into?
Shunned No More, A Lady Forsaken (Book One) is a Regency Era Historical Romance. Many would call it a Sweet Historical Romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I grew up pilfering my mom’s Historical Romance novels off her bookshelf. I fell in love with the time period and characters created by great authors, including Amanda Quick and Christina Dodd. Regency England was a time and place full of dashing men and elegant woman who lived grand lifestyles. This was truly a magical time in history.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
Growing up, I was the student who wrote ten pages for a two page book report. In college my dissertation was twice the required page count. My mom hounded me for years to write fiction. We frequently read the same books and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise, I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom said my ending was better. I think I’ve always been a writer, but it’s only been in the last eleven years that I’ve really applied myself to developing complete stories.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
My days are pretty chaotic. To best use my time, I edit in the early morning hours, usually from 4:45am to 6:15am during the week and I write in the evenings and on weekends. For me, it is hard to write a love scene first thing in the morning…all I want is to brush my teeth and take a shower; do you know what I mean? LOL. Now, in the evening after my daughter is in bed, the clothes come off, so to speak.
I can write pretty much anywhere I have internet access, but my favorite place in on my front porch--with a glass of wine.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Ummmm, no…I mean, yes. How can a writer NOT read their reviews? I think it makes me a better writer to know where readers think I fall short. I want to tell the best story I can in each of my books.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I use mostly family names in my books. Shunned No More’s heroine is named Viola, which is my daughter’s middle name. In my first book, Only In Her Dreams (The Oneiroi Series), most of my characters are named after my mother’s Italian relatives (i.e. Lucessa Sarcona).
I select the locale of my books based on my knowledge of certain areas. Shunned No More is set in Regency England, a place and time period I’ve spent years researching. My Oneiroi Series is set in my home town of Modesto, CA.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I bought my first Kindle in 2010 and love the convenience of it. With that said, I do buy every JR Ward book in hardback. There is something to be said about going to bed with sore hands from holding a 500+ page book open for hours at a time.
Your favorite food is?
PIZZA! I can never turn down pizza. It is my kryptonite. Pepperoni and black olive with extra red sauce! Thick crust is a total bonus.
Your favorite color is?
Anyone who knows me knows I have enough purple in my wardrobe to last for at least 20 days. My toenails are purple, my license plate frame is purple…and my cats have jeweled purple collars.
But if I had to pick a favorite color it would be teal. JK!
Your favorite Author is?
I wish I could commit to having one favorite author; unfortunately I can’t pick just one! I adore all the great Historical Romance writers, including Stephanie Laurens, Amanda Quick, Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn, Pamela Britton, Catherine Gayle, and Julie Garwood.
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.
Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.