Also, Happy 5th Birthday to my lovely niece, Rachel!
Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your latest release.
CK: Hola! I’m Charisma Knight, and I’m a writer of interracial paranormal erotic romance and erotica. Thank you for having me here today.
My latest release is entitled My Dark Lord and Master and will be published through XoXo Publishing. It is a short, dark BDSM tale of a woman who is whisked away by an ancient wolf-shifter from Serbia. She opens herself up to her innermost darkest desires and fantasies, and well, they come true. The only thing my heroine did not count on was spending all of eternity with her dark lord. Oh, and by the way, there is a small twist at the end I think readers will enjoy. ; )
Have you ever had an idea for a story which scared you after you began writing it?
CK: Yes, a little. I have a few books I’ve written where my heroines summon dark, ancient entities, and when I re-read them, I get the chills. LOL
Have you incorporated actual events from your own life into your books?
CK: There are a few minor details from my own life experiences in my books.
How much research do you do? Do you research first and then write, or do you write first, then research as needed?
CK: So far, I haven’t had to do any extensive research. There are a few historical stories I have in mind that I must research. It all involves language of a certain time frame and clothing.
Is there any message you want readers to take from reading your work?
CK: As an interracial author, I want folks to know that love, and lust knows no boundaries, including color. If two people from two entirely different backgrounds want to be together forever for love, or even a small moment’s worth of lust, hey, why not?
There are times when my stories will have a small message, it could be a single mother discovering love again, or an emotionally and physically abused woman learning to trust and find herself again. My characters could be lonely and cursed, or yearning to have a family. Some of my stories are slightly darker, and have a “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it,” kind of message. LOL
Seriously, think about dabbling around with magic, or breaking open an ancient seal, something beyond your wildest imagination just may pop out at ya!
Yes, I mix these things with the paranormal. Why? Well, for me it is an escape. If I can provide a reader some encouragement and happiness through an escape into a fantasy world, with a dash of realistic topics, that makes me happy. I love to hear from readers, and I love it when they tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my stories.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? And have you ever had a story take on a life of its own?
CK: I’m a pantser. I go where my muse takes me, usually. Now, for a few of my upcoming stories, I’m discovering I need to have an outline.
My story, Daywalker took on a life all its own. I had other plans for a darker hero, but he became the villain of the story. My heroine brought out the “light” within my hero who would have succumbed to darkness if it had not been for her.
How long did it take for you to be published?
CK: Not long at all. My first story was submitted in July 2009, and was published in March 2010. My first story published was Her Dark Desires, which was submitted in October, and published in November of 2009.
If you could go back and tell yourself anything when you first began your writing career, what would you say?
CK: I would have found a critique partner. Writing has been a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve learned so much. But, there is so much more to learn!
Laptop or pen and ink? What are your ‘must-haves’ when writing?
CK: Both. Sometimes, I tire of lugging my laptop around, so simple ink and a journal is suitable.
Who are your favorite authors? Who would you say influenced you the most?
CK: Absolute favorite authors are Dahlia Rose, Jordyn Tracy, J. Hali Steele,
Dahlia Rose & Jordyn Tracy influenced me most. After all, Sugar and Spice Press was my first interracial epublisher I stumbled across 3 ½ years ago. I discovered J. Hali Steele after I became published, and she’s of great inspiration to me. All these ladies, and many more inspire me. Serenity King is a new author to me, and I’m currently reading one of her books that totally rocks.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
CK: Hmm, Sometimes I write for my own sexual gratification? Is that bad or what?! ; 0 Seriously, just being honest. ; )
CK: Alcoholic: Vodka & Cranberry! Non Alcoholic: Coffee!
Do you have any special Labor Day traditions?
CK: We must always have a cook out! If it rains, then we grill indoors!! LOL
McDonald’s or Burger King?
Thank you for being here today! Please tell us where we can find your books
CK: Thanks for having me! It was a blast.
My book can be found at XOXO Publishing