Guest: Eliza Knight + Something Wicked This Way Comes Book Giveaway!
Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog, History Undressed, which was recently mentioned in a feature article in The Wall Street Journal.
Q: Welcome, Eliza! We always love it when you visit our blog! Please tell us about Highland Tryst in the Something Wicked this Way Comes anthology. And do you have a review you could share with us?
A: Highland Tryst by Eliza Knight:
Having sworn off love, Kari Howard isn’t adverse to a little lust when a hot Highlander lands at her feet. Literally. Fin has traveled through time, and given what he’s packing under his kilt (good Lord!), Kari expects the sexy Scotsman to make her quake. But she doesn’t expect Fin to shake her very foundation…or cherish her for who she is.
From Black Raven’s Reviews: I was so enthralled with the HighlandTryst that I wished he lived in this century. Ms. Knight’s writing is smooth and relaxing but has a powerful sexy edginess that draws the reader into the story making you feel as if you are one of her main characters. Highland Tryst is a great adult bedtime story. I know I had pleasant dreams.
Q: Awesome! What inspired this story?
A:  I love funny, sexy, time-travels with Highlanders. It’d been awhile since I wrote the last one (Take it Off, Warrior), and when I saw the call for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, I thought there was no better opportunity than to write the story that had been niggling in my mind. HIGHLAND TRYST was born. It’s a quick fantasy—totally out of the realm of reality, where a jaded, modern day gal gets the man of her dreams—literally he drops at her feet.
Q: This sounds like fun! I love time travels, especially those involving Highlanders, and can't wait to read this. How did your story’s setting impact your plot or characters?
A: The setting in this story, the beach of Ocean City, MD, is actually quite important because it helps the hero realize his skills as a good swimmer and life-saver can transfer into this new world. Additionally, I wanted it to be near a university, which Salisbury University is right near there (about 15-20 min) and is used fictionally in one scene. There is also a hospital close by (about 10 minutes away), which I needed since my heroine is an E.R. nurse. I grew up visiting Ocean City several times a year, and actually we have a house near there now so we visit the area several times a year.
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A:  I chose the heroine based on one of my good friends, who asked me to write a story for her. HIGHLAND TRYST does not have anything to do with her real life, and is purely a work of my creative mind, although I did toss in a few jokes she’d recognize! As for the hero, his name is more of a joke between my husband and I. There is a street we drive by often called MacClintock, and we shout it out every time—yes we are dorks. And I really just liked the name Finley.
Q: That's so neat that you used your friend in the story. Did you choose the title of your book and if so how did you do it?
A: The title of the book was originally TRYST WITH A HIGHLANDER, but alas, it didn’t work for the publisher, so they shortened it to HIGHLAND TRYST.
Q: Which element of this story was the hardest for you?
A: The hardest part for me when writing a time-travel is trying to figure out how they will stay together. It has to be major. We’re talking about transcending time. The hardest part about writing a short story is making their love and attraction believable. I love the idea of love at first sight and soul-mates, but readers don’t always, so trying to mix that element with real life chemistry and character traits can be tough when you only have a certain number of words to work with.
Q: Yes, I can see how that would be difficult. What’s next for you?
A: I’ve just finished another short time-travel and now I’m working on a full-length time-travel. I’ve yet to write one (although I have several other romance/historical fiction novels under my belt.). I really want the length of a novel to explore all the aspects of a time-travel. I’m excited, the characters are great and the first scene is vivid and filled with tension!
Q: Sounds fantastic! Would you like to ask readers a question?
A: I’d love to ask readers a question!  Do you like time-travels? What aspect of a time-travel draws you in?
Eliza will be giving away an e-copy of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES to one lucky commenter! When you comment, please remember to leave your email address in some form so we can contact you if you win. Thanks!
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Thanks so much for being our guest today, Eliza!!
16 Responses
  1. Eliza Knight Says:

    Thank you so much for having me today!!! I love visiting your blog :)


  2. Thanks for being here, Eliza! I always enjoy your interviews and posts!


  3. Fabulous interview, ladies. Always a pleasure. Time travel novels offer sneak peaks at past or future events. Whether time travelers reach another time accidentally, as in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, or they get there deliberately, as in Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog, I love them. Good luck with yours, Eliza!

    pat@patmcdermott.net


  4. derekd Says:

    Hey Eliza, congrats on your new release. Just finished reading your 3 Captains collection. Enjoyed them very much, particularly the first one.

    Time travels...hmm. Have read quite a few, and since they all follow a fairly predictable formula, I like it best when there are unseen twists along the way. The culture shock, no matter which way you travel is always the funnest part for me. I wish for lots of sales for Highland Tryst.


  5. Love time-traveling Highlanders--well, Highlanders in general, Eliza! I love how we can use every day life and incorporate them into our stories. I can't wait to read this one!


  6. This sounds like so much fun. I love time travels and highlanders, so it couldn't be better.

    Can't wait to read it.


  7. Chrisbails Says:

    This book sounds great. What a great interview. Eliza is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out. Would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    christinebails@yahoo.com


  8. I love time travels, there's just something abut transcending time and discovering a different way of life... I dunno, it's just very appealing to me. Anyhow, thanks so much for the interview, can't wait to read this one! Book Savvy Babe
    booksavvybabe at gmail dot com


  9. Eliza Knight Says:

    @Pat -- Thank you :) I've never read Connie Willis, I will have to check her out.

    @Derek -- Thank you! I love those books... I'm glad you enjoyed them :) I agree with you about the twists. I love to see how one fairs in another time, and discover something that we might just take for granted in our time.

    @Victoria -- Thank you :) Yes, I have an affinity for Highlanders too!!!

    @Cynthia -- Thank you! The two combined are quite a lot of fun!

    @Chris -- Thank you for stopping by! And lovely to meet you.

    @BookSavvyBabe -- thank you! I love the discovery of it too. So much fun!


  10. Joanne Says:

    I love seeing new places and past times and historic events (past or future). Highlanders, how can you go wrong!. Great interview. Thanks

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net


  11. I love time travels and yours sounds fantastic. I'll love to see how you overcome the time travel issue and I believe in love at first sight as well as hormones at first sight


  12. Norah Wilson Says:

    Lovely interview, ladies! And yes, I do love a time-traveling Highlander. So much potential for humor. :)


  13. Eliza Knight Says:

    @Joanne -- Thank you :) Me too!

    @Linda -- Thank you :) love hormones at first sight, that's hilarious!

    @Norah -- Thank you! I did have one reviewer who said she almost peed her pants she was laughing so hard. I love to add humor into time-travels!


  14. Eliza and Vonda, loved the interview I enjoy time travel because it brings such mystery and intrigue to a story. Someone is automatically a fish out of water, and someone is going to be shocked to find that fish out of water. Makes for great stories.


  15. Enjoyed the interview, Eliza and Vonda. Some of my favorite stories involve Highlanders and time travel. I love the fantasy--the ability to see history first hand. Not as intrigued by future time travel.

    Good luck with sales, Eliza.


  16. Great interview, Eliza and Vonda. Some of my favorite stories involve Highlanders and time travel. Good luck with sales, Eliza


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