Today we welcome author Morticia Knight to share with us the experience of writing two series at once.
Look, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, sometimes you need a bit of luck.
- Bear Grylls
Everyone likes to think that success in life is about hard work, but everything in life has an element of luck to it.
Horses and Harleys is a story of two wounded souls who find hope and healing through their interaction with each other and through their mutual love of horses.
As part of my research for the story, I looked into how animals can be helpful in the healing process, whether this is physical or psychological.
Beyond the Romance by Morticia Knight #Btsemag
Most of the stories I write begin before the two main characters fall in love. Half the time, they’ve never even met before. As a reader, I also enjoy being there as the two characters – in my case, two men – discover each other, then build up to that realization of love. But true love isn’t only about the beginning of a relationship. What happens to those characters when you go beyond the romance?
Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Morticia.
I’m an insatiable reader and writer. I also love music and film, and have to have EDM (electronic dance music) playing while I write.
Pride Publishing talks to the authors featured in the Aim High anthology, exploring the stories of men who work in the Air Forces.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I’d love to be doing what I’m doing now times five. If that makes sense! I just want my writing career to continue on an upward path and to have the opportunity to meet my readers and fellow authors in different places around the world.
Building Bonds has been chosen as Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance's July Hot Pick!
What can we expect from Building Bonds?
As the first book in the Kiss of Leather series, Building Bonds introduces several characters who will subsequently get their stories told in later books. The principle ones are the three Doms who are opening the premiere Kiss of Leather BDSM club located in West Hollywood, near Los Angeles.
We are excited about the launch of Pride Publishing and to help celebrate their launch, will be introducing you to some of their fabulous authors each week.
We got sin AND uniformed hunks from Morticia Knight. Enjoy this look at Sin City Uniforms!
My three favorite reality TV shows:
• Vegas Strip. This show is about foot patrol cops on the
Hello friends, today I have a real treat for you! The Hampton Road Club series by Morticia Knight is our feature series today,
When I lived in the San Jacinto Mountains right above Palm Springs, California – there was a highway that wound up from the desert floor. Highway 74 is an amazing scenic ride with lots of twists and turns that ends in the picturesque town of Idyllwild. Even Brad Pitt used to ride his bike there and one of the locals had his picture taken with him when Brad stopped by his convenience store for a pack of cigarettes.
Did you enjoy fleshing out the biker gangs, naming them and giving them their own agenda?
Absolutely. Although, I will admit that many times character names and titles are a chore for me. I felt more freedom with this story somehow, and the names came to me easily. I also incorporated Luc’s MC name – Zero – into what I thought was a touching moment at the end.
There Was No Such Thing as BDSM in the 1920’s
Okay, I’m waiting for the screams of protest. But if I’m being literal, then it’s true. The activities that comprise the acronym of BDSM are likely as ancient as humanity, but the acronym itself wasn’t recorded until the late sixties. Prior to that, those who participated in bondage, discipline, sadomasochism or D/s relationships, did so in the shadows. I won’t go into a long historical account so as to prevent this from becoming a textbook lesson, but I will say that writing BDSM in a historical context was a real challenge.
Why did you choose to write a story that deals with a character whose parents do not support their sexuality?
As incredibly relevant as it was to the time period, it’s unfortunately still relevant today. It’s wonderful that we live in more accepting times, but people are still rejected or bullied all the time because of their sexual choices. It’s a theme I have a difficult time not writing about.
Write What You Don't Know
I’m sure many of you have heard the old saying to always ‘write what you know’. I really have no idea why anyone would do that because it would have prevented J.R.R. Tolkien from writing about Hobbits and Elves and talking trees - which would have been very sad for millions of people – myself included. Truly, almost all fiction involves quite a bit of the author writing about things of which they have absolutely no knowledge or experience.
The Swoon-Worthy Factor in Romance
In romance, it’s incredibly important to have likeable main characters. The couple whose story is being told need to be decent people who you care about — you cheer them on when they succeed and your heart is broken when they fail. The chemistry and sexual tension between the two lovers has to ooze off the pages. They must inspire the reader to stay up well past a reasonable bedtime to find out what happens to them next.
Can Karaoke inspire true love?
I seriously doubt it. Trust me, I used to be a karaoke hostess *shudders*. It has definitely inspired people to run screaming from the room. Or to drink an unusually large amount of alcohol. In Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6) it sets the stage for the hesitant, awkward, stumbling beginnings of true love for Jared and Dan.
Who are three of your favorite TV couples?
• Scully and Mulder from The X-Files. I'm all about sexual tension and undeniable attraction and they were able to keep that going for nine seasons under the most bizarre of circumstances. I mean, would you want to hook up with a guy who's constantly dragging you into unexplainable life-threatening situations and also has the world's largest porn collection? That's true love right there!
Please tell us a bit about the inspiration behind this story.
I used to work in Hollywood in the entertainment industry — both as a performer and on the business side. Boy, do I have a lot of stories *wink* I combined that with my love of the 1920’s. That time period has always been my favourite in terms of style, art and fashion. The silent films and stars have always captured my attention as well.
The books are set in 1920s so tell us about your research process into this time.
Oh my goodness. The first couple of books were so all-encompassing in making sure that every single detail was correct. I don’t know if I got everything right, but the feedback so far has been positive in that regards. Speech patterns, expressions, cost of items, locations, food, drink, clothing, transportation – I felt I had to stop every other sentence to verify a fact. And that was despite all of the pre-research I did before I ever even wrote the first word! Finally, I became so engrossed in the era, I was able to keep the writing flowing and only verify now and then.
What is it about the uniform that appeals to women?
I think it’s very similar to the appeal of a Dom — but with a different flavour. Being seduced and protected by a strong in-charge alpha-male speaks to many women at a very primal level…
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