Thursday, March 24, 2011

Do you know Ciara Knight?

 If you don't know her, today's your lucky day!  I'm happy to say that I met Ciara through the Writer's Crusade. We got put in the same group and have been blogging friends ever since. You can find this picture of Ciara on her website along with this blurb from her 'about me' page.

I’m happily married to my husband, Chris. We have three amazing boys aged 4, 6, and 13. Life is never boring with three sons.
I write Paranormal and Fantasy fiction for Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade. I’m actively involved in Romance Writers of America (RWA), my local chapter Georgia Romance Writers (GRW), and a specialty group of RWA, Futuristic, Fantasy, & Paranormal (FF&P).
Wow! So involved. That's awesome. And a mother of three boys. She's a busy woman :)

So, Ciara, how long have you been writing?

I started seriously writing October of 2008, but I’ve been writing for fun since childhood.

And what made you want to write?

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. Yet, there was a defining moment in my life. My father almost died after a surgery. I remember sitting by his bedside feeling alone. No one at school understood what I was going through and how scared I was. I wanted to be brave for my mother, so I wrote what I was feeling into characters in a story. It was therapeutic. Once he was well enough to sit up in bed I realized he couldn’t do much but listen to stories or watch TV. That’s when I knew I wanted to entertain people. Yes, I had a short lived desire to be an actress, but that’s another story.

(Wow, what an awful experience.  I'm sorry you had to go through that but I'm glad that it sprouted a new hobby. Way to think positive. Writing is a great therapy tool.)

If you could sit down and reread any book, which would it be?

The Outsiders or Harry Potter. The Outsiders because it was the first book I ever fell in love with. I cried while reading it.  Harry Potter, because I think I’d notice something new every time.

Do you have any pet peeves while writing?

By biggest pet peeve would be people in quiet corners of book stores yapping loudly on their cell phone. Okay, seriously, I don’t want to know someone’s personal business, although sometimes these people make great characters. 

(Agreed on both accounts. Obnoxious but lots of fun for the muse.)
If you only had five minutes to visit a few writing blogs, which ones would you choose? 

Oh, no. You are going to get me in trouble. I have soooo many amazing blogging friends. Just five? Really? Lynn Rush, Laura Diamond, Julia Rachel BarrettDanica Avet, and Rachel Firasek

(Thanks for sharing. It's always fun to meet new bloggers! Sorry I couldn't find all the links.)

What book are you reading right now and which one do you have lined up to read next?

A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. I’ll be reading Cassastar by Alex Cavanaugh next.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be? 

Edgar Allen Poe.

(Great choice. He seems to be a popular one!)

Say a beginner writer approaches you and asks for some writing advice.  What's the first thing you'd say to them? 

Write. Honestly, that is the best advice. Find your voice, read craft books, submit and give critics, edit, then edit some more. 

(That's awesome advice. You said it well.)

And last, but not least, do you prefer fruity candy or chocolate? 

Chocolate, the darker the better. Heck, I’d just eat straight coco beans. 

(Shutter. Uh, sorry for the negative reaction.  I'm not much of a chocolate girl and the darker it gets, the worse it is for me.  But that leaves more coco for you and more sour gummies for me :))

Thanks Ciara for taking time to let me interview you! It was fun. Be sure to head over to Ciara's website now.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


  1. The way you got into writing was an awful experience but something good definitely came out of it!

    Great interview Michelle

  2. That was fun to read! I'm already a follower of Ciara's. Great questions, and great answers!

    no problem for not noticing my blog till later. I have a blogger account but my blog isn't blogger, and I thought I needed to create an (empty) blog to have an account. It's sorted now, though the link to my blog is the tiny "My Web Page" link under the pic!

  3. Melissa - yes, the good news is he survived and is still with us today. :)

    J.C. - Hi! *waves madly* Nice to see a follower here. I'm hoping over to your blog now. :)

  4. This was so much fun! I totally agree about the people on cell phones at the bookstore :) Michelle~Thanks for introducing us to Ciara!

    Ciara~Thanks for doing the interview. It was great getting to know more about you!

  5. Great interview! It was fun getting to know more about Ciara! And just for the record, I'm not a fan of dark chocolate either! ;)

  6. I'm currently working on reading Ciara's blog as well as the rest of my group's. I haven't gotten very far though I must admit.

    I'm not really a chocolate person either and dark is my favorite. XD

  7. Melissa-Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    J.C.-Sounds good. Thanks for coming by.

    Jess-No problem, I love sharing my blogging buddies with everyone!

    Chantele-Thanks and we should have a sour gummy party...while we play video games. Just sayin' :)

    Brooke-That's awesome that dark is your favorite even though your not a chocolate person. To me it's just too chocolatey...or bitter.

  8. Le sigh. I love chocolate. Ciara's definitely got an interesting story! I'd love to meet Edgar Allen Poe, too. Why are insane writers so much fun? Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

  9. I love that you do these interviews, Michelle. It's great to get to know more and more writers across the blogosphere! I'm off to check out Ciara's blog now!

  10. Jess - it is a pleasure. Thanks for stopping in to say hi. :)

    Chantele - It's so nice to meet you!

    Brooke - I'm honored and will be checking your blog out also. :)

  11. Michelle, thank you so much for interviewing me. What a blast! You have some fantastic friends around here. :)

  12. You are so right, Madeline. Insane writers are so much fun! :)

    Shallee - I love Michelle's interviews. Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm going to check yours out too. :)

  13. Fun interview! Ciara-you and I have a lot in common (besides our super secret real life first names)--I have a 7th grade son and would choose Harry Potter again and again... and October 2008 is a writing anniversary for me, too, though it was when I FINISHED my first book... I enjoyed this!

  14. Madeline-No problem. Thanks for stopping by!

    Shallee-Where would I be without you? I credit most of my writing to your awesomeness...just to let you know. Thanks for coming by for the interview :)

    Ciara-It was a lot of fun. And I agree, I do have some great friends.

    Hart-That's awesome that you two have so much in common! Hmmm...what could your real name be? :)

  15. A little late catching up here, but thanks for a great interview!

  16. Ciara-I love love love THE OUTSIDERS. Great book. I enjoyed reading this.

    Michelle- thanks for posting a great interview.

  17. Great interview! I love getting to know fellow bloggers and writers better. *waves to Ciara* Thanks Michelle and thank you Ciara. :)


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