Delivered as promised, Dayana Knight. Dayana is a personal friend and an awesome author of paranormal and erotic romances. Now, take a peek into her life and heart.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a writer of dark fantasy and erotic paranormal romance. I grew up with the written word and with the desire to write. At eleven years old, I penned a romance novel in a spiral bound notebook complete with cover art I drew myself. I took journalism and creative writing in both grammar school and high school. I can't remember a time I haven't written in some capacity.
When did you know you were meant to be a writer?
I don’t really know that I ever thought about it. I just evolved into writing within my present capacity. The more interesting story would be how I dropped into writing seriously. I actually suffered the loss of my father and my dog within months of each other in 2000 and had no vent for the horrible grief I felt so I began writing earnestly. Began journaling my emotions, then I gradually began penning stories, joined Writer’s Village University and the rest is history.
How old were you when you penned your first book?
And was it one that became published?
LOL No, however, I wish I knew what happened to that story. I’d love to read it todayJ
If you can, name your favorite book and characters. They don't have to be from the same book.
Oh that’s easy. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire way back in Diana Gabaldon’s first book of the series, Outlander. This is a time travel romance, which I’ve read over and over with each new book release to the series.
How did you get started in the publishing world?
Not without much stress and anxiety, LOL I braved up at some point and began to submit to agents first, then pub houses. I can tell you as the old cliché goes, I have enough form rejection letters to wallpaper my office. I’d give up, shelf the idea then break it out, dust it off and begin all over again.
What is your favorite genre to read and to write?
Definitely dark urban fantasy and paranormal, though I do love crime suspense and do write in the genre as well.
Any favorite authors you would like to name?
Laurell K. Hamilton, J.R. Ward, Katie McAllister, Patricia Cornwall, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rice-Vampire/Witch series, and many I can’t think of at the momentJ
What do you have coming down the pipes next?
Well, I’ve got three projects in the works and hoping for time to delve in and finish them. I’ve got a sequel to Curse of the Marhime in process, a new paranormal project working title- A Jersey Tale and a previously released crime suspense novel, Dancing on the Edge, in rewrites, for re-release and a sequel in the works for that as well. Now all I need is time and solitude, LOL
Any words of wisdom to wannabe published authors?
Never give up.
Is there any one person in your life that made a difference in your writing career?
Yes, below is a note to my fansJ
Thank you for your support and please keep your eyes to my website and blog for new releases, contest information, especially now with Hallowe’en and the winter holidays upon us. I will be updating my website and Dayana’s Happenings to reflect a ton of new activities planned. Please don’t miss a Trick or Treat.
Dayana Knight was born and raised near the legendary Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. As a young girl, she was fascinated with all things supernatural and paranormal. She began writing at about age eleven, but has only taken the craft seriously in the last ten years.
Dayana enjoys solitary walks in mist-covered forests, visiting century-old cemeteries, and spine-tingling ghost stories. She loves old houses, and antique furniture which she says breathe lives of their own. Oh the stories they could tell if only they could talk! And, of course, her favorite holiday is Halloween.
She now lives in Southern Florida with her husband of twenty-six years, and her beautiful Sheltie, Bea.
Dayana belongs to Florida Romance Writers, Inc, Romance Writers of America, and does free lance reviews in her spare time.
You can also find her at Facebook:
Curse of the Marhime
Eternal Obsession (Erotic)
Why did you begin writing erotic romances?
My writing is hot because I like to read sizzling titillating sex scenes without a lot of euphemisms (Sorry, you’ll see this word used again in a different context below - so don’t freak out that it’s my new favorite word of the day) I used to read tame romance, and as it got hotter I discovered I enjoyed it more. My writing style took on the same pattern, always picking up steam.
Honestly, I’m trying to get an agent or publisher interested in my ability to write across a wide range of genres. Erotica is open to all the genres I like to write, and I get to be explicit. I also write paranormal romance and romantic suspense and those books are less about the sex and more about the character driven plots.
The pat answer I always hear from authors is... “the one I’m working with now” but that’s not entirely true. I have a Cajun police detective working a serial case in New Orleans in one book. I’m crazy in love with him. He’s got the slow sing-song accent, the dark handsome looks, cocky–in-your-face attitude, and a great sense of humor. Oh, and can he dance! He’s not even the hero...which makes him available. Because he hasn’t found his certain someone or his book yet, he’s all mine and the reader’s. I think I’m savoring him while I can. Once he gets his own book, he’ll get the girl and the happily ever after...until then...heh, heh, heh, he’s mine to do with as I please. Mmm.
(So now you see how I’ve answered your first question here with a little more honesty.)
Where do you come up with your characters?
My answer is always the same -- ‘My characters act out their story.’ and for the most part that’s true. I’ve never cast spells (though sometimes I wish I could) like Candace in ‘Witch of Air and Fire’ or had a ménage with two wizards (though sometimes I wish I could – LOL) I’ve never shape-shifted either (though sometimes ... ah, you know the drill) like my characters in ‘The Lion, The Leopard, and The Wolf’ or had a ménage with two Were-beasts (though...there was that one time I wondered if...Oh! Never mind. I was drifting.) but I do write like Ailsa, and I could very well have had that wild Hot Highland Fling if given the opportunity.
Self-practiced? I’ve never blown up a boat although a character in one of my books has – sex is no different. Okay, okay -- I will admit to one thing. I’m not a virgin. Now that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Any advice to newbies?
Do your homework. Ah, not like that!
Join a writer’s group who offer critiques. It might help if the genre is comparable to the one you write. My first writer’s group was a retired group of seniors; some had been in the clergy. One was a nun, another a newspaper columnist, a screenwriter, a poet, nuclear sub captain and an FBI guy. What an interesting group of people, but I can’t tell you how difficult it was to stand up and read my stuff out loud in front of the nun who kept fanning herself and moaning.
Seriously, find a group you respect and who can also respect what you write.
Read the publishers’ submission guidelines. The first thing I had accepted I wrote for “a call for submissions.” Find out what they want and write it.
If you already have a manuscript fitting the guidelines, then send it in. You can’t get published if your manuscript stays ‘under the bed’ that’s a euphemism for not sending it out electronically in this day and age.
What do you have coming up next?
I’ve been having more than a ménage with several Gods of Atlantis. The hunky guys are trying to get back their emotions. The one keep-saking them doesn’t fit the prophesized description. But despite that, they feel connected to this woman. While catering to her every need, they discover she’s the ‘One.’ When they start ‘feeling’ emotions, something they haven’t experienced in over four thousand years, things get interesting. The whole time they’re worried about getting back their ability to care, ironically, the heroine is worried about being a little older than these guys. Little does she know...
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