Author Interview with Nanea Knott

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Nanea Knott

Knott_HawaiianCoverNanea was born and raised in Hawaii and has gravitated to the paranormal and supernatural since childhood. An avid reader, she spent a lot of time devouring books on Hawaiian legends which are filled with supernatural creatures. The progression from reading to writing was natural and instead of just reading legends, in her own way, she now writes them.She has a unique perspective on creating characters and making the impossible, believable. Her bachelor’s degree in Psychology fuels the need to make the impractical, logical.  Above all, she believes, life isn’t life without humor and her writing reflects her quirky sense of it. When she’s not writing, she’s working, reading, singing, and if there’s time, she sleeps.

Let’s start the interview, I can’t wait!

BB&B: Your bio says that you were born and raised in Hawaii, and have since moved to Seattle. I love both of these areas. Can you tell us a little bit about both of your homes?

Nanea: Hawaii is and will always be home. I was blessed with having the sun on my face and a gentle breeze in my hair for most of my life. Some of my most cherished memories were of being at the beach just enjoying the sand and sea. Being a Native Hawaiian, preserving my culture became important to me and even more so when I left.

I moved to Seattle because there were places to see, people to meet, and new experiences to be had. If I wanted those things, I needed to get off the rock in the middle of the ocean. A friend of mine lived in Seattle and asked if I wanted to visit. I told him I would stay for two weeks. I haven’t left yet. It’s been over 15 years.

Seattle is fun, and quirky. There’s a troll under one of the bridges and The Summer Solstice Parade with the Naked Bicyclists are an annual favorite. I like it because the thing that Hawaii and Seattle have in common is diversity. I enjoy learning about and participating in cultural activities from all cultures. Being from Hawaii taught me to appreciate the differences in others and Seattle does the same.

BB&B: When did you start writing and when did first realize you wanted to be a published author?

Nanea: I started writing in high school. It was the typical angsty teenage poetic drivel. I still have some of my early writings and the last time I saw them I laughed remembering how serious it all was back then. Perspective is an interesting thing. In 2007, a friend of mine decided to publish and I was introduced to print on demand. In 2008, I published my first book. I’ve been plugging away at it since then. To date I have 1 non-fiction, 7 novels and 1 short story published under different names and genres.

BB&B: What sparked your interest in paranormal/supernatural characters?

Nanea: Anything can happen in the paranormal. Imagination can create anything at anytime and it can change the way someone looks at life. Supernatural characters require us to accept other explanations for how people are meant to be, act like, and look. I love the paranormal for its tendency to challenge me to suspend belief if only for a short while.

BB&B: What would you say is your favorite paranormal/supernatural creature? Why?

Nanea: I have always liked vampires. They are powerful icons of confidence and passion wiling to risk it all for the chance to rise again. They live for the moment knowing that something as simple as a single ray of sunlight could destroy them. Despite years of life, and many deaths, in a lot of ways, they are still just like the humans they feed on. They are also usually dang sexy.

BB&B: I recently read I’ll Never Forget You the prequel to your Sex Demon Series. Can you tell us what Nanea Knott coverinspired this story?

Nanea: I actually wrote the prequel after I wrote Remember Me which is Book 1 in the series. Celeste played a role in the overarching story line in book 1 and I wanted to give my readers some history as to why she had done what she did.

The idea of writing about sex demons was actually inspired by the TV show Lost Girl. I liked the idea of succubi and incubi living among humans, but I wanted to focus on how they lived life in every day human terms. I also wanted my characters to find something most demons didn’t, their mates.

BB&B: Celeste, the female lead in I’ll Never Forget You has a great determination about her. Is she modeled after anyone you know? Who inspired Celeste for you?

Nanea: I don’t know anyone that stubborn. LOL. Actually in some ways she is my opposite. I sometimes lack faith about the things in my life. Celeste on the other hand lives on faith. She believes with her heart and soul that it’s her responsibility to help Tanner. She‘s driven by the belief that he is her mate and she’s going to save him, no matter what it takes.

BB&B: What about Tanner, Celeste’s love? How did you come up with his character? I’m kinda hoping you’ll leave him in Hell, but at the same time, I feel like there’s something more going on there. Hmmm? Can you reveal anything?

Nanea: I like Tanner, not much is known about him because I wanted to focus on Celeste for the time being. She is a human with a succubus sister. She is also intense in her emotional makeup. Her mate, in his own way, had to match her fierceness of spirit. Tanner is that man. They are committed to their beliefs, even when they know there are consequences. When their story is revealed, readers will see why they’re meant to be together.

This is what is so great about being an Indie writer. I can change my mind. I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding the prequel to a novella and close the story for them. When I wrote it, I planned for a full book later in the series. I haven’t decided which I want to do yet, maybe I’ll let the readers decide.

There is a lot more to come with Tanner and Celeste. As far as revealing anything? Tanner’s in Hell, and he’s made the decision to stay until something happens and he needs to get out. All of the books feature young demons, but there are older demons, hundreds of years old, still walking the earth. Tanner and Celeste’s story is tied to one of the old ones.

BB&B: Looking ahead to the next book, can you give us a hint of what to expect? No spoilers please.

Nanea: The next book is Unforgettable. It features Shelly Graham a gorgeous succubus who gets into a car accident and Dr. Kevin Nettle, the sexy blond doctor who saves her life. Kevin is offered a job by one of his patients, and after he makes a bad decision, he’s thinking of accepting. Shelly gets out of the hospital, but something is wrong, and she ends up back there. Kevin cares for her again, but she’s a target, and now that Kevin is involved with her, so is he.

BB&B: Can you tell us about any future projects or WIPs?

Mating SeasonCoverNanea: The Sex Demon Series has at least 6 more books in the works. Most of them are in the first draft stage. I have different series and next on my list is to release another novel in the BBW Bear shifter series to go with the first book, Mating Season. After that I will probably release another Sex Demon series book, I expect it will be done after the first of the year.

BB&B: Any last words for your fans?

Nanea: I want them to know I appreciate them for being willing to try a new author. I write books I like to read and I love being able to share them. Thanks for sharing them with me.


BB&B: Thank you for spending some time with us, Nanea! Best wishes on all your future endeavors and visit again soon!

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OVERVIEW: Sex, Lies and Betrayal. Celeste’s whole life seems to be about those three things. Her sister is a succubus, but Celeste is human. She knows that finding a mate is something most sex demons never do, but she’s found hers. She’s in love with an incubus, and she knows Tanner is her mate, but no one believes her, not even Tanner.

When reports of unthinkable crimes surface, Tanner is accused, and she begs for his life. She gets her wish, but there is a price. Tanner is being sent to where she will never see him again.

She vows to get him released. She doesn’t see how until she meets someone that is considered an enemy. He gives her hope of saving Tanner, but she must make a choice. How far will she go to save her mate?

 

I’ll Never Forget You is part of the erotic paranormal romance Sex Demon Series by Nanea Knott. 

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Is there a difference between erotica and steamy romance?

Couple Kissing at SunsetWell… I have been pondering this question for some time now. Why? Because, I admit it, I read a lot of romance novels of all heat levels — all the way up to erotica; and I have noticed that the difference between erotica and steamy romance is very blurred.

I would say there is a difference, but at times it’s really hard to pick out and even harder to explain, but I’m going to try. The differences are based on my observations only and certainly not something I’ve scientifically researched.

So, what are the differences?

  • Descriptive word use
    • In erotica, you get a full frontal assault and there is no questioning what body part is receiving attention and what is getting done to that body part. The body part is glorified in all its splendor and there is no shame in the words used to pay it homage.
    • Steamy romance — the choice of words are softer, more subtle, not actually naming the part, but perhaps pointing to its location. Yes, there is plenty of loving attention to the body part as well, but attention is shown in a more “flowery” kind of way, but with a mix of a good “pounding” when needed. Catch my drift?
  • Frequency of sex
    • In erotica, all the time, all ways, any ways.
    • Steamy romance, there’s a buildup in the story that leads to the sex scene. In some stories, the couple may not get together until half way through the book — the peak if you will 🙂 LOL! I crack me up.
  • Focus
    • In erotica, the point of the story is the sex. The best way to describe this is with erotica anthologies. The focus of each short story is the sex — the how, when, and where, doesn’t really matter, but you know that in each story, that the couple will end up boinking.  Why, because that’s the point of the story. There is no plot twist, except maybe if the alpha male twists something on alpha female, but that’s it. The goal is for the couple to succumb to their lust and have brain numbing sex while they’re together.
    • Steamy erotica, like I said above, there’s a build up to the sexual encounter. The plot moves and winds for the couple to overcome certain things together and sex just happens to be one of the things that brings them closer. In most stories, the sex is the act that solidifies their bond and brings out their feelings of love. That’s where the “romance” comes in 🙂

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Here’s a few more related questions:

Can steamy romance have “explicit” language and scenes? Yes.

Then shouldn’t it be called “erotica?” Perhaps.

So is there really a difference, if steamy romance can have the same type of scenes that erotica can have? The difference may be miniscule and the only difference, may be in the way the author and/or publisher decide how to categorize the story and  market it.

Either way, as a reader, whether you purchase a book categorized under erotica or romance, I think it’s fair to say that you’re going to be reading some scenes that can have you wiggling in your pants — and really isn’t that the point of both these categories because when it comes down to it, a great author regardless of genre, will make you feel the characters — in this case the feel includes pleasure.

Happy reading!