June 21, 2013

Contemporary: What a Texas Girl Dreams #interview @authorkristina #RLFblog

What a Texas Girl Dreams
Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, What a Texas Girl Dreams.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 50,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: A barrel racer on the mend…A Veterinarian with a good bedside manner…One hot summer.
Monica Witte has life the way she likes it. She comes home to be babied every few months and the rest of the time she has no strings holding her back. But after her horse is injured in a rodeo performance, Monica knows it's time to come home and face her family – warts and all.
Trickett Samuels works best on his own. The large-animal vet likes his quiet life in the Texas countryside. When Monica Witte blows into town, demanding a quick fix to her horse's big issues, his life is turned upside down. Trickett doesn't understand Monica's need to perform before perfect strangers or why she wants to keep the truth of their relationship from her family. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations? Monica Witte is a 25 year old professional barrel racer; she also trains horses. Her main horse, Jinx, has just been injured during a rodeo performance. Trickett Samuels is a 29 year old veterinarian who likes a simple, quiet life…but he just can't resist Monica.


"Kiss me."
"Trick..." She flicked a glance at him from under her lashes.
"Live dangerously, Mon. Kiss me, in the middle of the parking lot. Where anyone could see us." His hand snaked out to capture hers, linking their fingers together. He leaned forward, his lips a breath away from hers. "Dare you."
Monica swayed. Trick's gray gaze twinkled in the twilight, and he grinned.
"You know you want to," he whispered the words in her ear as his thumb drew intricate designs on the back of her palm.
She did want to. That kiss in the back of her horse trailer had started a hot burning in her stomach that still hadn't faded a day later. It had blazed hotter the moment their gazes had met in the bar mirror, and now that Trick was mere inches from her, it threatened to consume her.
She wanted him. So badly.
There were no trucks on the road, no windows for the bar patrons to look through, no sound from the bar at all, since she'd followed him out the front door. Why not tempt fate, just a little?
Maybe, if someone saw, it would help her get control of this burning urge to be with Trick.
And if they didn't, maybe one more night with him would ease the ache.
Monica reached up on her toes, the slick soles of her boots sliding a little against the gravel at her feet. She placed both hands on his shoulders, feeling hot, tight muscle beneath the thin cotton of his bright, red tee with Lockhardt Veterinary Services printed over his left pec. A light musk of beer hung in the air between them, but alcohol didn't cloud his gray gaze and Monica had barely taken a sip of her beverage.
"I won't kiss you because I've had a drink," she said, nipping at his full, lower lip. "I won't kiss you because you dared me." She licked her lips, slow, and watched as his pupils dilated. "I'll kiss you because it's what I've wanted to do since the night I backed into your truck. Even after I left for that damned Utah rodeo all I could think about was you."


What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Take a little time. This is going to sound contradictory, but there are times when the words just aren't flowing and I feel stuck. I take those times and do something else – a quilting project or a walk around the neighborhood. I will sit myself down and force the words if it comes to that, but I've learned that sometimes you just have to take yourself away from 'work' when those moments happens.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don't be afraid. I've always wanted to be a writer, but I never knew what to do about it. I thought writers all lived these big, exciting lives in New York or Paris before writing their stories. I didn't think I could do that, so I took another path and used my writing talents in journalism. And eventually I decided to stop being afraid…
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
This is where the contradiction I mentioned above comes in, because my mantra is 'get'r'dun': when I have a deadline, I make a calendar with daily wordcount goals, research goals and so on. And I make sure I get those words in on a daily basis. There are days when the words aren't flowing and I can't stand being butt-in-chair any longer. I do take a break those days – maybe I'll swim with my daughter or go for a walk with my husband or just wander the mall by myself…but I do make myself return to my WIP and get those words in.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Ha! That's a question, isn't it? Actual family members or friends, no. Funny things that happen might get fictionalized at some point…
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I was a journalist and am still a freelance writer for magazines. I have a radio show and I've been the assistant director for an environmental non-profit. And all of those jobs have (or will) show up in a book…at some point!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read everything. Some of my favorite authors are: Lisa Wingate, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Jayne Ann Krentz. I do read primarily romance, but I love a good biography, true crime or thriller, too. It kind of depends on my mood.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
There are a couple: when our adoption of bebe was finalized, that was a cool moment, and when she graduated from pre-school this spring. I couldn't stop grinning. And, when my first book was contracted – it was a moment of relief and excitement and pride because I'd written those words and they had resonated with an editor and a new path was opening up to me.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Valentine's Day because of the flowers and the 4th of July because of the fireworks. Or it's Labor Day because it's also my birthday every few years. Maybe Christmas because of the presents but, no, I'm going with New Year's because it's the start of something new!
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was in a hotel ballroom, camera and microphone in hand to report on the Y2K virus – you know, the Virus that Wasn't? – and when nothing happened I did a quick, 'Happy New Year' report, packed up and went home to celebrate with RadioMan.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with EVERYTHING! Except anchovies. Anchovies are baaaaaaad.
I'm always ready for a trip!
When I'm alone, I wait anxiously for everyone to come back.
You'd never be able to tell, but I hate meeting new people.
If I had a halo it would be crooked and maybe a little tarnished.
If I could have millions of dollars I'd take a trip around the world!
I can never be a wedding coordinator because I can't pin those man-corsage-things.
Kristina Knight

Previous Books

What a Texas Girl Wants
What a Texas Girl Needs
The Saint's Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon

Mr. Right Now

Find Me Here


  1. Good interview. I like all those last answers, especially the man-corsage thingies. :-)

  2. Super interview! And what Liz said!

  3. Super excited for your new release, Kristi! And happy b-day wishes to your bebe :)I think your halo would stand at attention.

    Thanks for sharing,

  4. I'm sure I'm going to love Dreams as much as I did the other two. Great interview.

  5. Great interview ladies *waves madly to Kristi and Kayelle* I'm a vacation spa type also...usually. Congrats on all the super books flowing out the publishing doors!

  6. Hey, everyone! Thank you SO much for visiting - I'm a little late dropping by because my baby turned 5 today!

    Liz and D'Ann, those man-corsages get me *every* time!

    Melinda, thank you so much - and you're sweet thinking my halo would stand at attention. :D

    Lynn, I hope you love it!

    Calisa, vacation-spa is *heaven*...we should totally plan a brainstorming/writing retreat at one...


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