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Author Interview: Connie Knight


Author Interview with Connie Knight, author of Cemetery Whites

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Q: For the record, what is your name and what is the title of your latest book?

Cemetery Whites CoverA: I’m Connie Knight, and my book is titled Cemetery Whites. That refers to old-fashioned white irises, still found growing at old homesteads and in old graveyards. My book opens with a body found lying in a patch of Cemetery Whites.

Q: Why did you write your latest book?

A: I chose to write a mystery, and I decided to set it in Texas, in the country where my father’s family settled in the early 1800s. Then I started thinking about the plot, the characters, the tone and style. Things changed and developed as I wrote. There are elements of humor. I liked writing it; I liked the characters and setting I created.

Q: How did you get started writing? What is it that makes you want to be a writer?

A: Thanks to my grandmother, a schoolteacher, I started reading as a preschooler. Reading has always been a huge part of my life. I started writing in the eighth grade, won some prizes, majored in English and creative writing. I worked for years as a journalist.

As a novelist, I want to be a writer of books that my readers enjoy. Something that sets forth a puzzle to solve, lightens your day, and also gives you something to think about.

Q: If an unpublished author asked you to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

A: That’s a hard question to answer, because the advice might need to be different for one writer than another. What kind of book have you written? What is the market for it, what publisher would be interested in what you have produced? I might not have a good answer.

Q: If you could only publish in a single genre, what would it be? Why?

A: Right now, the cozy mystery genre http://healthsavy.com/product/cymbalta/ suits me very well. I want to establish a series around my amateur detective, Caroline Hargrove Hamilton, and her friends and family living in rural Texas near San Antonio.

Q:Why should readers read your book?connie4

A: Not all readers like all books. Those who enjoy books by Agatha Christie, or who watched Murder She Wrote on TV, might like my books. They set murder puzzles to be solved, an element of the cozy mystery.

Q: Who is your favorite author of all time and who is your favorite author writing now?

A: So many authors are my favorite authors that it’s hard to pick out just one. Jane Austen pops into my mind. Right now, mystery writer Margaret Maron is my current favorite. I’ve read and collected all her books of the Deborah Knott series, and earlier ones too.

Q: Do you think eBooks should be protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM)? Why?

A: I think copyrights for all books should be protected by laws and protocols. For technical projects that are new, some mistakes might be made in how the protocol is enforced. But the protection should be tried out and improved, not ignored.

Q: If you could improve any single aspect of yourself (physical, mental, whatever), what would it be?

A: I suppose it would be physical. I go to a gym three times a week, and it ought to be more often than that.

Q: What question do you wish I had asked that I did not?

A: Can I tell you about my book? Cemetery Whites will be published as an eBook on May 3, becoming available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online sources. It’s price is $4.95. Maple Creek Media is the publisher. You can find out more on my new website, www.connieknightbooks.com.

 

 

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