With: Vanessa M. Knight
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m an author. Wow. After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say. It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Did I spell that right?
Anyway, I live in Chicagoland with my husband, son and menagerie of four-legged friends. In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should. I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants. In real life, they own me. I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure. Well, that and to clean up their messes.
When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write. Of course, that’s after I kiss my husband on the cheek and play mommy to my son. So really, I work, cater to animals, raise my son, play wife… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write.
I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react. I love watching the story unfold from beginning to happily-ever-after.
Are there any other genres you have written, and what inspired you to write them?
I currently have two series running. I have the Chicago’s Finest. That’s my “contemporary with suspense elements” series. I also have Ritter University. That is my “contemporary new adult” series.
I have to say I love them both for different reasons. I’m a cop’s wife, so, I can truly relate to the Chicago’s Finest series. Living with the dangers of the police job is part of my every day. Loving a man who devotes his life to the safety of others, sometimes in detriment to his own welfare is a big part of our lives.
Also, the characters in this series are a bit older and more established. They have mortgages. They are trying to successfully navigate careers. I too am older and more established. I have lived some of the crazy workplace hijinks that are sprinkled throughout the book. Perfect fit for the me of today.
Now, the new adult series is just plain fun. I loved my own college life. I loved the anticipation, the certainty that life was just beginning. The stress of the future was prevalent in every decision, but there was also the belief that you had time to figure it out. It was a time of exploration and excitement. I love delving into this time in a persons’ life. I love reliving some of the college-shenanigans. Perfect fit for the me of yesteryear.
Both series are ridiculously fun to write and envision. And I hope to keep them coming in the next few years.
Are you working on anything new right now that you can share with us?
I am working on two books right now. One is a novella from the point of view of Joe’s partner Shay. It is the next piece to the Chicago’s Finest series. I’m having a blast writing this one because it’s set in Vegas. I love Vegas. And placing Allison, Brook and Shay under the twinkling lights of Sin City with a jewelry thief on the loose is all kinds of fun.
I’m also working on the Ritter University series. The third book, Nica’s book will be out in October. Nica and Cruz (even his name sounds sexy) are in for a good time as they try to celebrate Christmas and ignore the feelings that keep growing between them.
What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is on a beach… Just picture the rolling of the ocean waves lapping against the shore, sand squishing between the toes as I lean back against the padded beach chair. My hat brim casts a shadow over the book in my hand as the sun bakes the arms and legs. The smell of coconut hangs in the air from Coppertone and the Pina Colada dripping on the table next to my chair...
Yep. I think I’m ready to go there now.
STARK RAVING MAD
Heartbreak and danger follow wherever she goes, but can his love save her before her past destroys their future?
Brooklyn Southby has everything she’s ever wanted—partnership in a law firm, a beautiful house in the suburbs, and a wonderful boyfriend. Well, ex-boyfriend. Her heart troubles are the least of her problems, though, when her first case comes back to haunt her in the form of an angry, sadistic man with bad hair.
Joe Perretti deals with his own issues the only way he knows how—hiding behind his work. As a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department, there’s never enough hours in the day for a social life or a woman, at least until he’s given the task of protecting Brooklyn Southby.
Business and pleasure collide as his life becomes all about keeping her safe, whether she likes it or not.
Will they find love, or will they be destroyed by a man who is stark raving mad?
About the Author:
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing, and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of four-pawed claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.
When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off-key (but she assures everyone it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.
For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.