Interview with Angela Knight
SR: How long had you been writing before
you were published?
Angela: Well, I started
writing at age nine, and I was first published in comics in 1987.
So I was 26.
SR: Did you start out writing erotica?
Angela: No, I started
out writing hard science fiction comic books, oddly enough.
SR: How did you get started writing erotica?
Angela: My husband
was in the Navy on deployment. We hadn't been married very long,
and he was at sea and lonely. So I wrote my first erotic story for him.
He said he stood outside on the fantail of the destroyer and read it, and
watched the sea boil! LOL!
SR: How did you end up writing for Red Sage?
Angela: I went to the
Moonlight and Magnolias conference in Atlanta in 1995 or so, and saw a
flyer saying Red Sage was looking for people to write erotic novellas.
I had a story I'd written about a futuristic pirate captain, strictly for
my own amusement, so I took that idea, completely transformed it, and wrote
"Roarke's Prisoner." Alexandria Kendall called me maybe two weeks after
I sent it in and said, "Are you sure you're not an alien? Because
this zero-gravity oral sex scene sounds like you wrote it from
experience!" It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
I've published four novellas with her since then.
SR: How does Red Sage compare with other publishers
that you've worked with?
Angela: Alex is incredibly
supportive, and she's always been willing to bend over backward to help me in any
way I need. That includes publishing my first novel when I was fretting
over selling it! She's a very dear friend.
SR: What do you enjoy the most about writing
Heh heh heh.
No, seriously, I love dreaming
up wonderfully sexy men who do all kinds of wicked, creative things in
bed. Erotica is really fun to write. You can just cut loose
with it and have a ball. It doesn't need to be grim or serious or
profound. It's just fun.
SR: How long have you been writing?
Have you written anything else besides erotic romance?
Angela: OK, I'm turning
41 in December, and I've been writing since I was nine ... Nope.
Not doing the math. Just too depressing.
Anyway, yes, I write other
stuff. At the moment I'm considering doing a romantic suspense.
My husband is a cop and I'm a reporter, so God knows I could write novels
about police work in small southern towns for years.
SR: How do you get your ideas?
Angela: A truly lecherous
mind. Also I sit back and think, "What have I not done that I'd really
like to do? What could I just have a ton of fun with?" Because
you can't write 400 pages of ANYTHING unless you enjoy it.
Sometimes I'll see a movie and think, "Boy, I'd like to play with something
like that." "A Candidate for the Kiss," for example, was inspired
by a James Bond movie. I thought, "What if James Bond was a vampire?
And not just any vampire, but a 200-year-old American vampire who
got his start as a spy during the American Revolution?" That was
a really fun idea. The only thing is, I could have done much more
with it than there was room to do in a novella.
SR: What attracts you to vampires?
Angela: I love dark
and dangerous heroes, and they just don't come any more dark and dangerous
than a vampire. Here you've got somebody who's gorgeous and powerful,
and who's spent the past 200 years seducing women for a living. What's
not to like?
SR: You are writing Red Sage's first full
length novel. Could you tell us a bit about it and how it came about?
Angela: Well, it actually
started out as a straight paranormal. I have always wanted to do
a full-length vampire novel, but the market, if you'll pardon the expression,
has always sucked. Then various people started doing really well
with them and I decided to give it a shot. I mentioned I was working on
the book, FOREVER KISS, to Alexandria Kendall, and she said, "I've been
thinking about publishing a full-length novel. Why don't I do yours?"
So I sent it to her.
Thing was, THE FOREVER KISS wasn't an erotic novel, and Red Sage publishes
erotic romance. In fact, it was almost straight adventure.
So I had to go back in and gut something
like 150 pages of the book, and totally rewrite the rest. It's been
an enormous project that's taken much longer than I expected. We
originally had agreed informally to publish it in December of this year.
That, obviously, is not going to happen.
However, THE FOREVER KISS is incredibly hot now. I wrote this scene
with the hero making love to the
heroine across the trunk of a Lexus that....Ahem.
Anyway, the hero is a former Texas Ranger who is in a battle to the death
with his vampire master, an 800-year-old medieval knight who is a sadistic
creep. To defeat him, Cole needs to turn my heroine into a vampire.
But Valerie Chase has an ugly history with Cole and his enemy -- the villain
murdered her parents -- and she's not interested in becoming a vampire.
So he kidnaps her. The story also involves the ghost of his 13-year-old
sister, sword fights, and a lot of sex. In other words, fun stuff.
SR: Do you have an overarching vampire
mythology or universe that applies to all of your vampire stories?
Angela: It's evolved
over the years. Initially anybody could become a vampire, but now
it's only a small fraction of the population called the Kith that can be
SR: What can we expect from you in the
future? Will there be any other titillating little offerings like Bodice Rippers?
Angela: Oh, yeah.
In fact, I'm collaborating on a two-novella anthology with another writer,
Diane Whiteside. The book will be called CAPTIVE DREAMS; I'm writing
one novella, and Diane is writing the other.
It involves two sisters, one an SF writer, the other a romance writer.
They're kidnapped by the heroes of their current books, who jump across
dimensions to get at them. Seems the heroes are tired of being, respectively,
bitten by giant snakes and tortured by aliens. And besides, the heroine
of my book plans to kill off her hero, so he wants to bring her back to
his dimension so she can't hurt him. Ellora's Cave is publishing
it. Should be wonderful fun. I can't wait to write it.