Interview with Kim Knight, Author of A Stranger In France with Excerpt

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | | |

A Stranger in France by Kim Knight

Genre: Romantic Suspense
In A Stranger in France readers are taken on a fast paced, modern day romantic journey, that spans between the city of London, the glitz and glam of France, and the beautiful English coast in a gripping romantic story, between two complete strangers with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat turning pages.

When career driven and successful thirty- two year old London born Kate Brown faces hard times in her marriage, she confides in her best friend Tanya Adams in Marseille southern France. Kate makes a bold move and spends two weeks in Marseille away from her husband in London. Her path crosses with tall, dark, devilishly handsome and wealthy Nicholas D’Coix. An immigrant to France from the Ivory Coast west Africa as a young boy, who turned himself around and built up an empire of wealth as a hustler and money maker, and now one of Paris’ top three entrepreneurs. In a whirlwind of sexy, lustful romance Nicholas and Kate fall in love. Kate returns to London to a few surprises of her own, and still very much in love with Nicholas as she makes yet another bold life changing move. Touching on real life issues these two strong characters battle it out against all the odds in the name of love, across the UK and France.

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Nicholas guides me to the side of the bar, to the back and unexpectedly we reach a lift, we step in and he presses P on the lift button. Alone in the lift I face him dead on, I can’t help myself, his scent, and presence it’s doing things to me and awaking parts of me that have been dead for so long since Danny and I hit our rough patch. I grab his tie and pull him towards me then kiss him with passion. He’s stunned and taken back I can tell. His hands are full with a champagne glass in one and a bucket with iced champagne in the other, he’s unable to touch me or push me away; by the way he’s kissing me so passionately in return I doubt very much we wants our passionate kissing to stop. We reach our destination and I release him, leaving a lipstick stain on his lips I playfully remove it with a finger and step out the lift in front of him swaying my hips. I half turn around to face him, Nicholas is still standing in the same spot I left him with his champagne glass, ice bucket and a huge wide grin on his face…. Damn he looks so good.

“What are you waiting for Mr D’Croix?” I turn and say over my shoulder in a seductive way, he laughs. “You took me by surprise Ms. Kate.”

About the Author:

Kim is 33, from London in the UK. She’s a qualified teacher and mother to a beautiful toddler. As a reader, she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense, and thriller genre books. After submitting three chapters of a romance /suspense novel she was writing to a USA based publisher in 2016, she scored her first publishing contact. A Stranger in France is her first romance novel. Her second romance novel will be released Christmas 2016. As a writer, Kim likes to create stories with the general romance, romantic- suspense and crime/thriller genres.

Kim also writes beauty and book related articles published in Love Life, Live Magazine. When she’s not reading or writing novels of her own, her other passions include practising her French, fashion and spending time at her sewing machine dress making, watching make –up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.

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What's one thing you'd like American readers to know about this book?
Well, to be honest I’d say no matter where you’re from you could still engage and read along. Whether you’re English or some other nationality. There’s no big message I’d give to any particular nation if I’m honest.
You're practicing French, any favorite words or phrases?
Hard one! Probably ç'est la vie– that’s life.
What character in A Stranger in France are you least likely to get along with?
Danny- my villain. While I enjoyed writing him, he is not my type of guy.
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
This question made me smile, I’d say Tanya she’s a straight talking but fun girl. We’d probably go shopping or to a bar for a cocktail. I’d also love to spend time with Nicholas – what a man! Actually, Tanya, Kate, and I could probably all go to one of Nicholas’ trendy bars for an evening.
What would the main character in A Stranger in France have to say about you?
Very interesting question, Kate would probably say “she’s a cool girl, and down to earth.”
Can you tell us some of the changes A Stranger in France went through before publishing?
One major event in the story line I threw in as I was writing, it just came to me. I won’t say what it is to give it away but one of Danny’s experiences / decisions, was a last moment decision for me as a writer. I moved from the original synopsis I wrote for the book and this character.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?
Hmm, it would have been lovely to actually go to Paris, and write from a café there using my surroundings as a backdrop.
After Not Just for Christmas coming in November, your next novel is a romantic suspense, any details you can share yet?
Yep, sure. This is another story set in London and Amsterdam this time. It’s a fast paced story with a romance theme, but there is a murder so it’s more a romantic-thriller. There is a bit of who-do-it throughout. Readers will go on a journey. I have a diverse character line up also, in terms of race, and even sexuality.
What books or authors influenced your life and writing the most?
The first romantic suspense book I ever read is by Jackie Collins – Deadly Embrace. I was barely in my twenties when I read it. The way she wrote the book made me turn pages quick! I also like Martina Cole, a great British crime writer. These two authors made me fall in love, with the genres I write in now as a reader first. So you could say they have influenced my love for reading and writing, in the romance-suspense and general thriller genres.
You're quite crafty and creative, any of those non-writing projects you'd like to share?
I’ve made dresses, shirts, and had a go at making a blazer too; sadly, I never got to finish sewing my blazer. My sewing machine has gathered some dust since becoming a mum, writing, and working. I hope to go back to it at some point. I’ve always loved beauty and make-up. Last year, I stopped mid-way through a professional make-up artist’s course and my sister was my model. I managed to get 100% pass mark on all my practical assignments! I have a year to complete it, I might just have to extend that.
What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
I’m a qualified teacher. I spent six years in the classroom. My own experience as a teacher helped while writing Kate and Tanya’s POV’s, in A Stranger in France as they are both teachers.
Dragons or unicorns?
My three year old son loves dragons, they are all over the house, along with dinosaurs so I guess I’ll go with dragon.
One thing on your bucket list:
Finish my make-up artist’s course and sew my blazer.
Last book read:
I started Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey some time back, I really want to finish it off. The first part of the story really got me engaged.
What are you afraid of?
I’m not a religious person, much more spiritual but I will take a saying from the bible to answer this… “She who is clothed with strength and dignity, laughs without fear of the future.” Probverbs 31:25

Well, looks like I'll def. be watching Ms. "I Guess Dragons" 

Does A Stranger in France sound like your kind of book? Any questions you want to ask Kim now and perhaps add for new interviews? Let me know in the comments below!

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