I knew I wanted to meet author Nanea Knott the moment I finished reading her book ‘Remember Me’. As you can read in my review (here), Remember Me is a book that has a captivating storyline that makes you want to turn the pages to know what’s next.
As a Nanea Knott’s fan, I was pleased to discover she’s not only a great author but a nice and witty person as well …
– Who exactly is Nanea Knott?
“A person who is finally doing one of the things she has always wanted to do. I believe I’ve found the thing I was meant to do with my life. It’s what gets me out of bed every morning and stops me from sleeping at night because I have so many ideas and a to-do list a mile long. I love it, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
I know that I love it because I haven’t made much money at it so far, but I keep working at it. It’s that thing about getting paid for doing something you love so much that you would do it for free. Writing is it. I would do it for free, but my goal is to one day soon be a self-supporting author.
No matter what I’m going to keep writing. I’ve written nine books to date, in different genres, and there are many more clamoring for attention in my head. Nanea is a person who is beginning to live the dream.”
- How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“It’s funny that when I was a teenager, I dreamt of being a writer, and then when I graduated from college, I did something completely different. Now I’m back to writing. I’ve closed the circle on an important aspect of my life, and I couldn’t be happier.”
- Was getting published hard?
“I’m an Indie writer; I publish everything on my own. It’s a lot of work, but worth it. I used to work for a national bookstore, and I learned a lot about how big publishing houses work. When I was ready to write my first book I decided to go Indie all the way. It hasn’t been easy, and the work is ongoing, but I’m getting there and for the most part, enjoying the process, I have no regrets.”
- Are your characters based on people you know?
“Not really, my characters are more like a blending of characteristics I’ve observed over time from people watching, reading books and watching TV. There is one benefit to being a writer. When someone annoys me, and I need to kill off a character, I think about whatever the situation was and use that person as a model and decide how to kill them.
It’s normally painful but quick. If I’m really mad, I torture them first. It’s a game, a way to continue to challenge myself and my writing skills. Thinking up inventive ways to dispatch characters. But before I come off sounding like a psycho, I do the same thing with good things as well. In my books, good always wins. I’m primarily an optimist that believes good triumphs over evil. I do my best to make sure the good guy always wins.”
- What genre are your books?
“I write in a couple of different genres, but the series I’ve been focusing on lately is the Sex Demon Series. It’s Paranormal Erotic Romance. It’s more romance than erotic, but the sex scenes are explicit.”
- Which of your books is your most favorite?
“That’s a tough one because I like different books for different reasons. Just in the Sex Demon series, Celeste in the prequel is passionate and driven to the point where she’s not sure she’s doing the right thing, but intends on doing it anyway. It’s hard not to admire someone with that much conviction.
I liked being able to delve more into the secret world of sex demons living among humans and discovering all the details of how it works in Remember Me. Book two, Unforgettable, introduces more characters, more information on the world of sex demons.
For me, my favorite is usually the book I’m currently writing. In this case, it would be book number three, Remind Me.”
- Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I still work full time, but I try to write on my lunch breaks almost every day. I also try to write when I get home, and it’s rare when I don’t write on the weekends. I try to either write or work on the website every day in some form. Some days I make a lot of progress, some days I don’t, but everything I do keeps the momentum going and that’s what’s important to me.
- What are your current projects?
“I’m working on book three in the Sex Demon Series. I’m also working on another BBW ménage bear shifter novel. I tend to switch projects, so I don’t get bored, and it ensures that each project keeps moving. It’s only when I near the end of a project that I put everything else on hold to finish something. I’m just about ready to put down my pen on Remind Me, so that’s my main focus right now.
I’m also experimenting with audio. I’m debating whether or not to narrate my books myself. To that end, I bought some equipment and recorded the blurbs for some of my books and put them on the website. I’ve often wondered what the voice of the author sounds like. It changes how I perceive a book when I hear the voice of the person who wrote it. Now visitors to my website can hear my voice.”
- What’s next for you?
“Writing, more writing, and learning. There are a lot of successful authors out there, and some of them are generous enough to share what they know. I’m trying to avoid making the same mistakes they did. There is no way to succeed without failure, but if I can avoid making the common mistakes, I’m already ahead. In doing so, I help myself, and my potential readers. My goal is to keep my readers happy and more importantly keep them coming back. My next big thing is building my street team, a dedicated group of fans to beta read, post reviews and spread the word on my books. Every author needs them and indie authors can’t survive without them.”
Nanea Knott is an erotic romance author of short stories, novellas and novels in the Paranormal, and BBW subgenres. She loves to read and write about sexy characters with guts and common sense.
Nanea was born and raised in Hawaii but has called Seattle home for over 15 years. Occasionally she surfaces from the depths of writing to go to work, see her family and friends, and pet her aging cat.
I’ll Never Forget You (An Erotic Short Story): A Sex Demon Series Prequel http://www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Erotic-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B013NWF948/
Hawaiian Winter Heat: An MMF Erotic Romance http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Winter-Heat-Erotic-Romance-ebook/dp/B00J498MIA/
Unforgettable: A Paranormal Erotic Romance (Sex Demon Series #2) http://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Paranormal-Erotic-Romance-Demon-ebook/dp/B015NALCOE/
Mating Season: An Erotic MMF Novella (A BBW Bear Shifter Paranormal Romance) http://www.amazon.com/Mating-Season-Novella-Shifter-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B0110NEBWI/
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