Agent Diedre Knight is the founder of the well-respected The Knight Agency. Recently, Knight broke out of the box, becoming an author herself! In fact, her first novel was published just this past week, on April 4th. Therese and Kathleen recently spoke with her about these changes and what she does to balance her parallel lives.
This interview has recently been updated so that parts 1 and 2 appear together in this one post. Enjoy!
Interview with Deidre Knight
Q: You are the ultimate Agent Unboxed, Deidre – coming out with not just a single novel, Parallel Attraction, but a unique series of your own. The obvious common denominator between your two jobs is a great love of writing. How did it all start; how long have you been writing; and when did you decide to pursue becoming an agent in particular?
A: Wow, that’s a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much. When I was about nine years old I was fortunate enough to be placed in a creative writing program at my elementary school. We did things like visit the art museum, then write poems about what we’d seen. Around that same time I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, so my mother gave me a journal and told me that I should write in it every day. I also decided to write a novel, and began typing it out on an old manual typewriter. I don’t remember much about that “book” except that it was about a girl and her horse. Also at that same time I read GONE WITH THE WIND, and was mildly obsessed with it for a while (flash forward—I love historical romance. You can probably sort that one out!) I wrote a sort of “fanfic” based on GWTW, which I still have to this day!
Anyway, writing fever never left me, though at times it ebbed. I didn’t write that much during college, for instance, but right afterward began writing screenplays. Although I was always frustrated by the minimalist approach in scripts, I think it taught me to focus on two key elements—story and dialogue. To this day, I think of my novels in that same kind of structured way. [Read more…]