Ciara Knight gives the best possible advice to aspiring writers:
If writing is truly your dream, never, ever give up and try to enjoy the journey.
I know you’ll going to like the rest of what she has to say also. Enjoy this interview.
You write Paranormal and Fantasy fiction for all ages. How did you first become interested in this genre?
It was a curvy road full of many genres. On day one I told myself I was meant to write Inspirational. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my calling. I was lucky to meet some amazing people who introduced me to RWA. (Hi, Lindi!) It helped create an atmosphere that allowed me to try something else. I LOVE reading fantasy and young adult literature and watching sci-fi and fantasy shows, so, naturally I decided to try it. Now, I know I’m in the right genre because my characters stalk me.
How did you get your agent? Do you recommend that authors have an agent in today’s publishing?
A year or so ago, I sent out a handful of queries, but always received a quick form rejection. I stopped querying and took some workshops before I decided to give it another try and at the RWA conference. There I pitched to two agents and sent a few queries to some of the others on my top five list. When I received my first call and the agent LOVED the story, I was in shock. She had such passionate things to say about my manuscript that I signed with her. In the end I received partial or full requests from all the agents I queried, so it was a great experience.
I think having an agent can help get your manuscript noticed and can be a great asset during negotiations if you sell. Although I’ve heard of many people selling without an agent, I think the most important thing is to have a polished and publishable manuscript before submitting to anyone.
You’re involved with Romance Writers of America and Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal writers. Explain the importance of writer’s groups? How they can support you and also improve your writing and networking skills?
FF&P and RWA are fantastic. I’m also a member of Savyy Authors. Each organization has something to offer. I absolutely believe in writing groups. They’ve provided education, moral support, amazing critique partners, pitch sessions, and so much more! If you don’t belong to one, try to find a group that you mesh well with and jump in. If it’s a little intimidating in the beginning don’t worry. We are all on this journey together!
Honestly, without my uber-amazing critique partners I’d still be lost. Thanks gals!!!
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I’ve always avoided blogging, but this year I decided to give it a try and fell in love with it. It is such a pleasure to meet other authors on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, so I’m planning on growing my media presence. Also, I’m hoping to complete and edit three manuscripts this year and take some more masters level writing classes. I’ll never stop trying to learn more about the craft of writing. As for what’s next, well, of course, I hope publication!
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I only get one choice?!? Oh, that’s so not fair! Hmm, well I’m a huge J. K. Rowling and Francine Rivers fan, but for me the most memorable would be, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It’s one of those books that will forever haunt me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Spend time with my super-supportive hubby and three amazing boys. We love to travel, hike, and camp together. I also knit and play video games with my hubby and eldest son. With three children, there’s not much time left for anything else.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
Someone who enjoys what they do. I don’t care if they are published, unpublished, or a closet writer. If you love what you do, then you’re already a success.
Where can we learn more about you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
If writing is truly your dream, never, ever give up and try to enjoy the journey. Most of all, find that amazing crit partner or WBFF (Writer Best Friend Forever, Hi, Hildie), so you have someone to vent… I mean process contest entries and/or rejection letters with.
Thanks so much for having me. This has been a blast!!