Recently I took the time out for reviewing and reading books to sit down and talk with Monica Knightley who wrote Come, Bitter Poison. Thank you Monica for taking the time to talk with me at Community Bookstop!
What genre do you write?
I write in a few different genres. I’ve written paranormal/historical romances, young adult contemporary, and mystery.
How did you come to write the various genres?
I’ve always been an eclectic reader and now I’m writing eclectically. Mysteries of all sorts, from cozies to police procedurals, have always been a favorite of mine so it was natural for me to want to try my hand at the genre. I’ve discovered I love writing cozy mysteries and think I’ll be writing in this genre for a long time to come.
Who is your favorite character to write about?
When I created the characters for this series I knew I’d be spending a substantial amount of time with them so I made sure they were all people I’d enjoy in one way or another. My protagonist, Maggie O’Flynn, is one of my all time favorite characters to write. As a steamy romance writer and tea room owner who used to be a nun, Maggie offers unlimited possibilities for character development. But I also have to give a shout out for Maggie’s partner in crime (solving), Gina Mattucci. She’s a hoot to write, as she’s a loud, brash spitfire. They complement one another very well.
Who inspires your books?
I’m inspired both by the people in my life and the writers I’ve read throughout my life. As for writers who have inspired me I’d have to include Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, Diana Gabaldon, and Stephanie Perkins.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I recently became a grandma for the first time and my favorite thing now is spending time with my adorable granddaughter! I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I think travel is the best inspiration for writing. I live in an area of the country that boasts many, many wineries, and my husband and I enjoy wine tasting with friends. And of course I go into DT’s if I don’t have a book or two or three that I’m reading.
If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you take?
I’m going to assume that this island is like Gilligan’s island and I can pack plenty of my three items, ala the Howells’ and Ginger’s packing. Of course I’d have a large stack of books. There would have to be boxes of tea, strong bold English breakfast teas as well as some good Darjeeling. And finally, a case or two of Oregon Pinot Noir.
Synopsis of Come, Bitter Poison: