Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? Charisma Knight: I've been working on several WIPs for the past month or so, including the sequel to The Beast Within. This story is called Dark City of Angels. Also, I'm working on the first book of my Viking Vampire Trilogy. That one will probably be completed during mid-summer. Others include My Serbian Wolf and Gunnarr The Ancient. There is another story called Forbidden. It is set in Nineteenth century New Orleans and is about the love between Jacques DuBourg and his slave, Celeste. Celeste is sold to another by Claude DuBourg while away at war. This is a vampire story where I show the characters' trials and tribulations. Jacques is sired, Celeste dies, and my story is moved forward into modern times.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself? Charisma Knight: Sure, I enjoy writing and reading. I take my dreams and my visions seriously. I meditate on a regular basis. For example, the other night while in meditation, a beautiful amulet came to mind. I plan to use this in one of my stories. It's almost as though someone somewhere place these thoughts into my head. This is how I've come up with over thirty different story ideas. I usually focus on the story that flows the strongest. I live in Maryland with my two beautiful daughters ages sixteen and ten. I love living my life to the fullest and feel that anything can be accomplished. I enjoy listening to various types of music from Blues, Rock, Metal, and R&B. I enjoy working out. My exercise program consists of yoga and cardio kick-boxing. In addition to this, I hold a full time corporate position and a part time virtual assistant business. I also practice Reiki in my spare time, and looking forward to pursuing that soon....
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why? Charisma Knight: Hmm, my heroine from My Serbian Wolf, which was actually a dream of mine. The heroine is taken into the realm of an ancient wolf shifter, Niko. My heroine, Zenavuk is faced with the decision of choosing between her family here on earth and her long lost soul mate, Niko. Zenavuk is my heroine's ancient name. This dream of mine is almost like an escape. You know, we all need to escape into our dreams from time to time. I guess since this story came to me as a dream, I'm feeling very close to it. It was one of those dreams where you wake up and say "wow!" Makes you wonder if you were simply dreaming or walking in the spirit world.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc? Charisma Knight: There was no influence for My Serbian Wolf. This is something that needed to be written immediately.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book? Charisma Knight: Here is a very small piece from My Serbian Wolf. Charisma Knight: Another chill sliced through me as my Niko dashed to my side, his appearance slightly changing. I vexed his temper, I could see it in his eyes, which were now yellow. A low warning growl slipped past those delectable lips that pleasured me often in my dreams. He now possessed fangs, and the dangerous mix of an animal and a man possessed. Somehow, I failed to resist the power he held over my body. Angrily, he snatched the furs and the covers from my grasp and straddled me. Those strong thighs gripped me tight, and he pinned my wrists to the bed, still holding my gaze, all while growling. My breathing labored and a myriad of emotions permeated my being. Sadness, happiness, fear, and excitement hit me like an avalanche. His strong scent was masculine, and musky, causing my nostrils to tingle. I wanted him, and he knew it. We were bound for all eternity.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next? Charisma Knight: The first tale of Gunarr, my vampire Viking is in the making. I have only a few chapters on this one, and researching. There are different realms Gunarr can slip into while protecting the human, Lena Hendrix from the evil forces of Dirik. Also, I have a short story about an ancient Norse deity I've created myself. I've created this being, linking him with the actual Norse gods. He is conjured by my heroine, Victoria who thought she learned magic well. It was no twist of fate how this deity presented himself to her. Let's say Loki had a hand in this....
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process? Charisma Knight: I'm brushing up on Norse mythology. My Serbian Wolf is something that came to me during meditation. I've only expanded upon it and there is no need for me to create a summary. I love it when stories flow like this. I plan to submit this one to Amira Press.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers? Charisma Knight: I'm always interested in what readers are interested in. Although I have over thirty story ideas, I still welcome suggestions. I want everyone to know, I do take requests. A reader in Romania asked me to make a blond haired-blue eyed hero. That is in the making, Jacques Dubourg has blond hair & blue eyes. So does the hero in the first book of my vampire Viking trilogy.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you? Charisma Knight: No, I don't belong to any critique groups, but I have close family and friends who read my stories. One in particular, my significant other. He is an engineer, and that mind of his always questions the logic of a story. He'll point certain things out to me, and I'm like "oh yeah," you're absolutely correct. This didn't make any sense at all.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books? Charisma Knight: Sure, here is a snippet from "Forbidden." Jacques Du Bourg drifted through the cemetery among the familiar crypts. Although he fed hours ago, hunger clawed at his insides. He loathed this existence, however, it was the only insurance he possessed which would enable him to see "her" again after all these centuries. A soft whisper caressed him. She had called his name again. He felt her stir restlessly while she slept, and he longed to wrap her in his loving arms. He often visited his parents' crypt, prompting old melancholy memories to overload his psyche. Slipping inside, Jacques bowed his head, humbly speaking to the ones who gave him life, centuries ago in France. Eventually, he sat on his haunches, recalling a time when he and his father were close. This place provided him with solace from his immortal life. He smiled as he glimpsed at his own empty grave. His father, never finding Jacques' body had it crafted out of love. Too many strong heartfelt memories. Sighing, Jacques contemplated how he would finally meet "her." Celeste, his beloved, existed in this modern world, now known as Dominique. She was a vision of beauty, bearing a brief resemblance to her previous self of the Nineteenth Century. In this life she was not the petite woman he once knew. It had been years since her rebirth, for in the past he was prompted to sever all worldly ties with her and everyone else he knew.Unfortunately, her life was snuffed out, thanks to the cruel slave master, Alain. Jacques placed his face in the palm of his hands, recalling bittersweet memories of his transformation. His thoughts returned to his father. "Oh father," he murmured aloud. "I've told you this many times, I know. I forgive you." Choked with emotion, Jacques' last words to his father were venomous. The act his father committed out of love ate at Jacques with such ferocity. To this day, he still cringed when he thought of the cruel words he spat at his father while enraged. Here is a sneak peek into Dark City of Angels, the sequel to The Beast Within. My heroine, Diana Carrington is a newly turned she-vamp who doesn't want to control her beast's bloodlust. Readers will discover, although Diana succumbs to her dark side, there is still humanity left within her. " So, the vampires at Metal Gods turned you away, did they?" " Who are you?" " I'm Michael Vitello." "You're the one who called to me, and you followed me around tonight. I could feel you." Diana folded her arms, shooting the handsome elder a seething look. " Don't fight me on this. You won't win." Michael glided over to the bar, pouring red wine into two crystal goblets. He strode towards Diana, handing her a glass. "What do you want?" "You." "You can't have me." "Oh yes, you have a mate. Your sire. He's let you down, and you don't care to be around him, so why not?" "I don't want anyone controlling me, and I want to feed. He won't allow it." "Ahh, that is the difference between your sire and I. You can feed my lovely until your heart's desire. You must execute the hunt properly. In the alley, you could have drawn attention to yourself. You discovered the argument between the pimp and a hooker. Big mistake! What if someone else had been around because of that argument?" "I- "Don't interrupt, novice!" Michael's face was only inches from hers. His heated breathed damn near singed her skin. She felt his emotions roll onto her in waves. His eyes glowed a reddish tinge, and his fangs were bared. Diana's temper got the best of her. She bared her fangs and hissed, further vexing Michael's temper. In a determined act to show her who was boss, he extended a talon. With one swift stroke, the elder sliced through her arm. Diana grimaced in pain. This book should be finished by the end of April, hopefully.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers? Charisma Knight: I just want to say, I've enjoyed my journey as a writer. I look back to my earlier pieces and know I've learned a lot. I still have a long way to go. I'm really proud of how my writing has progressed since 2009. I have many story ideas I wish to share with readers.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group? Charisma Knight: Readers may contact me anytime. If anyone has a request for a story, I'd love to hear it. http://charismaknight.webs.com http://charismaknight.blogspot.com My email address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Charisma_Knight_Fantasy_World/ Stop by and check the group out. I have some awesome music videos from some awesome bands. I also need to post a few recipes. Another thing, don't be shy, I won't bite; promise.
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step? Charisma Knight: In April 2007, I knew nothing about ebooks until I stumbled on to Alinar Publishing. I purchased my first ebook from there. I wasn't aware there were a plethora of other publishers on the net. At first, I thought it odd downloading a book. Here I was, used to my paperbacks. LOL I stumbled upon Sugar and Spice Press and Ellora's Cave and purchased a few books from them. I was intrigued because the books were interracial erotic romance books. That was when i decided I would try my hand at this. I had a few writings, but were mainly fantasies. The thought to write on a professional level crossed my mind, but I didn't think I possessed enough knowledge to pursue it. In March 2009, I decided I would work on my writings and submit them to online publishers.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published? Charisma Knight: My first published work is Her Dark Desires, published by Sugar and Spice Press in 2009.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received? Charisma Knight: Hmmm, I haven't received any bad advice. Fellow authors have provided me with excellent advice, such as never giving up writing. The more you write, the better your craft becomes. The support from fellow authors is awesome.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing? Charisma Knight: Usually, I'll just start writing. That was the case with Daywalker, and is the case with Forbidden. There are times when I need to outline my books. My vampire Viking trilogy is a fine example. I'm brushing up on my Norse gods, and also have invented a few mystical items my hero, Gunarr uses against Grendel's descendant, Dirik.
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why? Charisma Knight: Ahh, dare you ask? My perfect hero is Cecil McKagan from Just an Average Vampire. Why? He offers unconditional love to my heroine Trina Jones. He is kind, gentle, and caring. Cecil is also a vampire. I love how he accepts Trina into his home once discovering she's been laid off from her job and about to be evicted from her apartment. He wants nothing from her and desires to be her lover. However, because of her abusive past, he's afraid he may damage her emotionally and physically. He fights the urge to pursue her, but she pursues him. lol
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet? I would like to write Science Fiction. There are a few story ideas brewing. Also, I have some summaries written for Young Adults. I will assume another pseudonym for this one. The other day I came up with an awesome story idea that isn't erotic. It is a supernatural mystery where the heroine is haunted by the spirit of a woman who was murdered in a town long ago. The dreams and visions become so powerful, she is forced to launch an investigation. This woman makes a startling discovery....That's all I can say for now. ; ) I want this story in print, so it will be around 90,000 words and will take some time for me to develop and write. It will probably be published some time next April with a little bit of luck. It does depend on where my muse takes me with this one. Charisma Knight
Thank you for this opportunity!