Charisma Knight Interview

Charisma Knight, author of paranormal, erotic, interracial romance, joins us today for a chat. Charisma, welcome to FAR!

Thank you, itís a pleasure being here!

Tell us about your latest release, Soul Seduction (Eirelander Press).

Soul Seduction is about two hundred sixty-year old vampire, Angelus Cronen. He discovered his soul mate, Vivienne, long ago in Eighteenth Century New Orleans. She was the beautiful slave girl who branded her name on his soul forever. Angelus discovers her newly reincarnated soul in modern times. He also discovers her to be a high-end call girl.

Angelus must not allow his darker half to claim Veronique. He struggles. After watching her from the shadows, it angers him so to see what she does. He contemplates her destruction. Finally, when he meets her for the first time, his anger eventually melts away. This story is a reunion between two souls who were ripped from one another centuries ago. Angelus was attacked and sired by a vampire upon his return to Cronen Estate. There is a possibility of a sequel to portray how Angelus met his fate. In Soul Seduction, Angelus briefly thinks of his past.

Daywalker (Sugar & Spice Press) has a gorgeous cover. Can you tell us a little about the book and what inspired you to write it?

Thank you. That cover was created by the talented Anastasia Rabiyah.

This story haunted me back in September of 2009. It took exactly two days for me to write half this story. My muse would not let me rest, and the characters came to life. With this book, there was no outline or summaries. Everything stayed within my head. Iíve always been intrigued with castles and wanted to showcase a cruel, dark vampire lord. Actually, when I first wrote this, my hero, Daegan was to be the villain. The heroine was to escape him and be hurtled into modern times, forcing Daegan to pursue her. I had planned on having her fall in love with a hero from the future. Of course, my muse had other ideas. Daegan, with the help of his magus travels to ancient Egypt, abducting Akaisha.

In my museís story, Daegan is plagued by years of darkness. He is a tortured soul who almost embraced the dawn if it werenít for his brother, Valaris. Akaishaís strong aura reaches out to Daegan across centuries of time. He was in need of a certain type of daywalker to protect his coven during daylight hours from renegade werewolves. To make a long story short, ; ) Daegan and Akaisha develop certain feelings towards each other. Daegan also discovers a deep dark secret that has plagued his castle for forty years. There is a sequel to this story.

What was the hardest part of writing The Beast Within (Sugar & Spice Press)? How did you overcome the challenge?

Honestly, I didnít have a hard time with The Beast. I will admit I had to expand upon the story. Originally, it was shorter and my heroine appeared to be a little reckless when meeting my hero for the first time. There is a sequel to this story as well.

If Her Dark Desires (Sugar & Spice Press) was made into a movie, who would you cast to play Anais and Dremon, and why?

You know, Iím unsure. Iím thinking Sanaa Lathan and Stephen Moyer.

Vampires are your speciality. Which famous vampire would you most like to get bitten by?

Yes, I enjoy my vampires. I would love to be bitten by Shane Brolly, the cutie pie who played Craven in Underworld. Okay, there are several, but Iíll behave and only add one.

How did you celebrate selling your first book?

I jumped up and down and did some strange dance, warranting strange looks from my daughters. We went out to Olive Garden for lunch, then some shopping at Burlington.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

In my first three books, there are very little of my life experiences. There are a few books Iím working on that have a little of my lifeís experiences sprinkled in.

Whatís next for you? Do you have any works-in-progress youíd like to tell us about?

I have an upcoming release from Amira Press, Just an Average Vampire. Iím anxiously awaiting edits for this one. This will be released by the time this interview goes public.

WIPs are Native Moon, The Ache, Spiritwalker. Spiritwalker was originally a free read. As of March 1st, my rights were returned to me and Iíve expanded greatly upon this story. Then, there is Wolfís in Sheepís Clothing. I have another unnamed WIP about a slave, Cyrus, who fought in the Civil War in 1880. This is a paranormal vampire story. So far, I have outlined a small summary for this. With that said, I have over thirty other story ideas Iíve jotted down, adding to a few whenever something new pops into my head.
I also have created and planned two story platforms for series, and have developed my own gods and goddesses. Another story idea I have will be my own characters, but I plan to center this story around two characters of an old Danish folklore. Actually, the hero of this folklore will have descendants who battle the forces of evil that are released upon mankind in modern times. There is also a sci-fi piece or two in the making.

What is your favourite part of a book to write?

My favorite part is writing the love/sex scenes. I also love resolving the conflict between my characters and setting the stage for that happily ever after!

Do you have any special rituals to help you get in the mood to write?

Nothing special. I meditate on a daily basis because it helps keep me focused and balanced, allowing stories to easily come to me.

Of all the characters youíve created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?

Currently, Cecil McKagan is my favorite from Just an Average Vampire.
Cecil is the perfect gentleman because he has no vices. He is always in control, and the epitome of that fairy tale knight in shining armor. *sigh*

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do and where would you go?

I would go to my daughtersí school and observe in person how they act. Then, I would go to my office and have a little fun with some folks. ; )

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?

Ah, thatís easy. Hugh Jackman, Shane Brolly, and Stephen Moyer. My hair care products and make-up of course. ; ) Maybe even a few bikinis and an emergency food stash.

Whatís the best bit of writing advice you could give to aspiring authors?
Never give up while pursuing your writing dream. Donít let the rejections slow you down, your piece will eventually find a home. The more you write, the sharper your writing skills become. Also, never write when you arenít in the mood. Sometimes you need a break from the craft. If I donít feel like writing, I donít.

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Thank you, Charisma, for taking the time to chat with us today. It has been a pleasure and I wish you the best with your writing.

Thank you, I enjoyed this interview!

Interviewed by: Maija