Christine Carbo is the author of The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall and The Weight of Night (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster) and a recipient of the Womens’ National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award and a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and working a brief stint as a flight attendant, she got an MA in English and linguistics and taught college-level courses. She still teaches, in a vastly different realm, as the owner of a Pilates studio. A Florida native, she and her family live in Whitefish, Montana. Find out more at ChristineCarbo.com.
Ana Grigoriu worked as an art director for more than 7 years in some of the most creative-driven advertising agencies in Europe, before she decided to create books-design.com. Now, 6 years later, she’s collaborated with countless amazing people all over the world, authors and publishers alike. Her passion for book cover design runs in the family, as her mother has designed cover art for more than 30 years. Ana chats with Knockin’ Books about how she got into book cover design, offers advice for authors looking for a cover designer and talks about trends in the industry.
My name is Sylvain Neuvel. I was born in Quebec City and raised in a small Quebec town called L'Ancienne-Lorette.
I write science fiction. My novel, Sleeping Giants, is available now from Del Rey. It revolves around a secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens. Click here for more info.
I have a B.A. in linguistics from Université de Montréal in 1999. I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2003. My main interests are word-based morphology, computational morphology, as well as formal and lexical semantics and most of my work focuses on a formal characterization of polysynthesis, compounding and agglutination in word-based morphological terms.
Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. She's published thirty books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.
Her debut thriller, Sworn to Silence, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist—and spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The following books in the series also hit the NYT and USA Today lists and became international bestsellers. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a two-hour original movie re-titled An Amish Murder and starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys trail riding, and dabbles in barrel racing. She resides in Texas with her husband, two rescued Blue Heelers, and two Appaloosa horses. She's currently at work on her next novel, a thriller set in Amish Country and featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.
You’ve written so many amazing novels in such a short time. How do you manage to be so prolific while still maintaining a real life (and your sanity)?
Oh, gosh, I wish I were more prolific. I feel like such a slacker. So, I have to let a book simmer in my head for a while. That's when I can focus a little more on the whole life and sanity thing. Then I outline. Still cruising along okay at this point. But once the mad rush to finish the first draft starts, all sanity flies out the window. I write very fast first drafts and I will write for up to 22 hours a day for several days. But then I can slow down, polish, turn it in, then start the process all over again.
After years of writing and collecting rejections, Simone St. James' debut novel, THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH was nominated for another Arthur Ellis Award, and SILENCE FOR THE DEAD was shortlisted for a Goodreads Choice Award.
Simone spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada, with her husband and a spoiled rescue cat. She is addicted to sushi, old 1970's gothic novels, rainy days, coffee, and Sherlock on the BBC. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Her next novel, releasing in 2017, is THE BROKEN GIRLS.
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of eleven novels. With over a million books sold, she is a fifteen-time New York Times Bestseller (hitting at the #2 spot on three separate occasions). Her fourth novel, Stepbrother Dearest, was also the #1 independently published kindle e-book on Amazon’s 2014 bestseller list. Several of her books have been translated into foreign languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
Penelope spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers.
She lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee, messaging with her buddy and sometimes co-author Vi Keeland as well as hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
Ezekiel Boone was born in Canada but lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and children. THE HATCHING is Zeke’s first thriller and the first book in the series, with SKITTER coming in 2017. THE HATCHING series has sold in twelve countries and nine languages, and has been optioned for the screen. When not writing thrillers, Zeke writes acclaimed literary fiction under a different name. Along with a healthy respect for spiders, Zeke has two poorly behaved dogs and enjoys the outdoors.
Check out our full review of the The Hatching.
Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 60 published novels, including six series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, Sisters of the Heart Series and the Shadow Rider Series. Five of her six series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times best sellers list and all have reached the top 3 on the New York Times best sellers list. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses and in multiple languages and countries, including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.
Louise Jensen is a best selling author of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel The Sister, reached No. 1 in the UK and Canadian Amazon chart within 3 weeks of release, No.1 in Apple's iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller.
The Sister is a book about a grieving girl who thought there was nothing as frightening as being alone – she was wrong.
The Gift is Louise's second book, due for publication on the 16th December 2016.
Louise also writes flash fiction, and features and articles for both magazines and online publications. Louise specialises in writing about mindfulness, chronic pain and mental health.
As an author of scorching-hot romance, in your opinion, what are some of the biggest misconceptions about the romance genre as a whole?
What a good question! And I could probably go on for ages on this topic but I’ll only hit a couple of points.
The first being my most disliked terminology when it comes to romance. The word “smut” (alternatively disliked moniker “mommy porn”).
I don’t write smut. I write love stories. I don’t read smut. I read love stories. Reducing this genre, which is populated by incredibly talented writers supported by incredibly talented editors (and designers, and formatters, and I can go on) telling incredibly beautiful stories, to a word with negative connotations that repudiate the power of these novels irks me.