Give us a short bio about yourself.
I’m a romance and woman's fiction novelist, free-lance
fiction editor and the founder of the Write it Right
workshop. I live in Suburban Atlanta, Georgia with my
two sons and a frisky dog named Tails.
Explain your writing journey.
I’ve been writing since I was six, but became
serious about publication in 2003. I’m a completely
self-taught writer. I own about 40 craft books and have
probably checked out another 20 from the library. I
joined a local critique group with serious writers,
attended some writer’s conferences and wrote until
I finished a manuscript in 2007. I sold it the same
year to Kensington Publishers and it was released in
What is the name of your current book and give a synopsis
Breaking All The Rules. From the back cover:
Deniece Malcolm is shocked and heartbroken when she
finds out her baby sister, Janette, is marrying Terrance
Wright, because she was the one who was supposed to
marry him! Everybody knows there’s a rule about
dating exes. Janette is pregnant and not only is this
wedding happening, but Deniece has to arrange the festivities.
feelings and pride are hurt, but surprisingly, Terrance’s
younger, sexier, cousin, Ethan Wright, is there to provide
a listening ear and a strong bicep to cry on. Ethan’s
interested in Deniece, but she has a rule about dating
younger men. Despite her resistance, things heat up
between them and Deniece begins to wonder if it’s
time to break a few rules of her own.
Who is your publisher?
Urban Books/Kensington Publishing but I’m also
doing independent (indie) projects, Breaking All
the Rules is one of them.
Do you have an agent? If so, why and why not?
I do have an agent and she’s an attorney. I needed
someone to explain the legalese and negotiate my interests.
She also talks me off the ledge when I want to jump
off of a tall bookstore. ?
Did you self-publish or go the traditional route?
Breaking All the Rules is my second indie project.
All of my novels (there are 3) were with traditionally
published with Kensington and my first indie project
was only indie for a short time. I sold it to my publisher
for re-release in March 2013. I published Breaking in
October 2013 and then released Give A Little Love
(a holiday novella) in December 2013. I’m loving
being self-published, but I am still contracted to deliver
a novel to my publisher and plan to continue that relationship
as well. In my opinion, being a hybrid author is the
best of both worlds.
How do you feel about writing?
I love it most days. I really love it when I type The
Is writing a hobby or a full-time job?
Writing is a full-time job, but I still have a full-time
day job, so I guess I’m working two full-time
jobs for now. I’m always writing, even if it’s
just in my head. I’m always marketing, promoting
and networking. I work all the time.
What is your genre of writing? Explain.
I write women’s fiction and romance. If I had
to classify my work I would say my novels are Christian
Fiction and my novellas (romances) are inspirational.
What are your other published books?
My novels are Secrets and Lies (2009), An
Inconvenient Friend (2010), What Kind of Fool
(2012), A Woman’s Revenge (2013)
and then my novellas – Breaking All the Rules
and Give A Little Love (both 2013).
What is the message in your books?
My stories have themes of faith, forgiveness and hope.
It’s relationship fiction – couples working
through complex issues or new lovers finding their way
to each other.
What are your views on a traditional publisher?
I love having one. Beginning my career with a publisher
who was able to place me in every major bookstore, supermarket
and Walmart was amazing. I appreciate every aspect of
my relationship with my publisher from editorial feedback
to my royalty statements.
Are you a reader? If so, what are your favorite authors?
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I have lots
of favorites, but if I had to narrow it down, I love
Sherri Lewis, Victoria Christopher Murray, Tia McCollors,
Tiffany L. Warren, Vanessa Miller, Michelle Stimpson
and newbie, Michelle Lindo-Rice. I also enjoy a good
mystery so Pamela Samuels Young, Walter Mosley, James
Patterson and Sandra Brown are my favorites for that
genre. The late BeBe Moore Campbell will forever be
my favorite author of all time. I can’t imagine
anyone taking her place.
Do you write short stories or poems, or both?
Neither. Never have. My dad wrote poetry and my brother,
Kenneth McKnight, is a wonderful poet.
What success has publication of your books/novels done
Largely, I think it has inspired my children to believe
they can achieve their dreams. It’s also given
me an opportunity to share the messages of faith and
forgiveness with thousands of readers. I love that.
Have you done a books signing? If so, was it a success
I do very few book signings. The few I’ve done
have been heavily marketed and strategically planned.
They’ve done extremely well.
What are your tools for marketing your books? Explain.
These days I rely heavily on social media (i.e. GoodReads,
Facebook, Twitter), interviews with bloggers and online
magazine publishers. I also mail postcards to readers
and handout marketing material wherever I go.
Do you belong to a book club?
I recently started an online book club on Facebook.
I’m excited about it. Prior to this, I’ve
never belonged to a book club.
Do you read on an electrical device, or do you prefer
the feel of books?
I never thought I’d ever say this, but I love
e-books. I love reading on my Kindle and the Kindle
app on my phone.
What is your opinion on the e-book craze?
It’s fantastic. The lower price point makes books
more affordable, so it’s great for newbie authors
like me. I’m gaining new readers every day through
my indie projects.
Do you use your computer to write, or longhand?
Computer. I don’t write anything longhand except
Who is your support system for your writing?
Other writers. I have a network of writers I connected
with more than ten years ago in a critique group. They
are the same people I email and text good news and “grumble,
moan and whine to” today. They’re also the
people who help me promote my work and I help them.
Do you have an editor?
I have a team of writers who give me developmental feedback,
so they are my editors. I work with a copyeditor for
my indie projects. Felicia Murrell of the Bee Company.
Have you attended any writing classes, conferences,
Several and I highly recommend them to aspiring writers
and new authors.
What motivates you to write?
I’m motivated by many things, but I think mostly
it’s the fact that I know God gifted me to write.
Writing is a part of my purpose and my books are my
If you could meet your favorite author/writer in the
world, who would she/he be and why?
My favorite writer is deceased. The late BeBe Moore
Campbell. I will say I’d love a lunch with Walter
Mosley or James Patterson.
Where do you wish to take your writing in the next three
to five years?
I’d like to be at least a 1/2 of the way through
my goal of publishing 50 projects. I should be able
to get that done in the next five years. I’m 6
in. 19 to go. ?
Complete this sentence, “God is my motivation………
I’m a deeply spiritual person, so God is my motivation
for pretty much everything I do in life, raising my
kids, making a home for my family, my writing…
I trust HIM completely.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Attend writer’s conferences. American Christian
Fiction Writers is pricey, but very good. Black Writers
Reunion Conference has a great reputation as well. Build
a network of other writers. You’ll learn a great
deal at a conference and your network will encourage
you to stay the course. I know mine did. Pick a project
and make yourself finish it. Get to “The End”.
The End feels so good. Lastly, believe in yourself.
Everyone won’t support your writing. Most people
won’t, so be okay with ‘you’ being
the only person who does.
Do you have a website/email address where your fans
can reach you?
My website is www.rhondamcknight.net
I maybe be reached email there at Rhonda@rhondamcknight.net
and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/booksbyrhonda
I love chatting with readers.
What do you want to accomplish with your writing in
2014 is the year to write, write, and write. I actually
plan to write 2 novels and 3 novellas. Ambitious, but
I believe I can do it.
If you had three wishes, what would they be and why?
Three wishes. I’d wish for fortune because I’d
love to own my own publishing house and put more great
books into reader’s hands. I’d wish for
our culture to have more of a sense of community; that
people would simply love more and want less. My third
wish is intensely personal. I wish my sons would accomplish
all that God created them to do. Can I have a fourth
wish? I want to be a size 12. Thank you for having me!