It is my privilege today to introduce you to Erin Knightley. In 2011, Erin finaled in the Regency category of the Golden Heart®, alongside Duchesses Valerie, Anne, Sara and me. She also became semi-famous among romance writers that year for her packing mojo. This year, she’s set to become renowned for something else. Her debut, More Than a Stranger, releases tomorrow. I’m very honored she chose to spend the eve of her big day by visiting the Duchesses.
So sit down to tea with Erin and me, and make sure you leave us your direction for a chance to win!
In the Beginning…
June 6, 2008
SO here I am working on my brand new apple computer and I think that I may soon learn to like it. What will I be doing with this little machine in a few weeks? Will I be well on my way to writing a new book? Will I still be staring at a blank (expensive) page? We shall see…
Those, my friends, are the very first words I wrote in my journey towards being a writer. I only just rediscovered them as I was searching through my files for the first draft of my debut novel, MORE THAN A STRANGER. As I opened the document, expecting to see Evie and Benedict’s first incarnation, I stared in astonishment at those incredible words.
It was like looking through a wormhole to my past, glimpsing the girl who wanted so badly to throw caution to the wind and become a writer. I had purchased the laptop shortly before our seventh anniversary trip in anticipation of pursing that dream. At that time, all I had was a dream and an abiding love for the romance novels that had filled my nights with happily ever afters.
I have no idea why I ever thought I could do such a thing. I had no training in writing, no idea how the publishing industry worked, and at that time, I didn’t even know a single other person who read romance books. There was no one to turn to for guidance, no research books, and no idea what came after the book was written.
But I what I did have was desire.
A strong, passionate desire to put my words on a page, to spin a story that would give people that warm fuzzy that so many books had given me. I wanted to offer up a story to the world that would make people smile and remember their own first loves, or dream of the love they might someday discover. I wanted to be part of the world that had brought me so many sleepless nights, dreamy sighs, and swoon-worthy heroes.
What a baby I was
In all honesty, if I had known what I know now of the industry, I’m not certain I would have ever taken that first blind leap and bought that computer. I might have assumed that my dream was really just a pipe dream, and that I would never be able to stack up against the tidal wave of competition out there. I was a science girl – what the heck did I know about writing?
Oddly enough, I’m so grateful for my newbie enthusiasm and ignorance. I look back at that girl, sitting at her shiny new computer with a heart full of dreams and smile. I’m so happy she took a chance, closed her eyes, and leaped into the great unknown.
Symmetry is a beautiful thing, my friends. This weekend, Kirk and I celebrated eleven years together. Four years to the week after I typed those fateful words, we were back at the Apple store, picking out a new computer since I’ve almost completely worn this one out. It’s scuffed, and dinged, and full to bursting with the life I’ve lived the stories I’ve written since that day four years ago. Tomorrow, my debut novel will finally hit the shelves, (Squeeee!!!) marking the end of one long journey and the beginning of a whole new one.
I’m looking forward to wearing out a lot more computers 😉
Thanks so much to the Duchesses for having me here today on the eve of my debut. It’s been a long, wonderful journey, and I’m so lucky to have made such wonderful friends along the way.
Do you have a defining moment in the pursuit of your dreams? What is your dream?
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- Everyone who comments will be entered in my Sealed with a Kiss blog tour giveaway! Prizes include signed books, lots of fun swag, stationery, a custom iPhone case, and gift cards from Starbucks and Amazon! For details, click HERE. Drawings will be made June 15th!
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Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science. It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn’t any fun at all. Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.
MORE THAN A STRANGER debuts June 5th!
AN UNCOVERED BETRAYAL
When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend’s sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind. Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….
AN UNWANTED ATTRACTION
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams…and newfound desires.
AN UNSTOPPABLE INTRIGUE
Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…