After twenty years in the entertainment industry, Brandie Knight is writing about her encounters in a fictional environment in Hollywood Under the Covers. Over the years, Knight has created and produced a television pilot, two radio shows, and an entertainment magazine. She is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong, and a former entertainment publicist. Knight splits her time between Las Vegas, NV, Taos, NM, and her hometown of Ponca City, OK. Visit her sites at http://brandieknight.com, http://facebook.com/brandieknight, and http://twitter.com/brandieknight1
Q: Thank you for this interview, Brandie. Can you tell us what your latest book, Hollywood Under the Covers, is all about?
A: It is a rare look inside the seductive entertainment industry. To the outside world, Hollywood is portrayed with glamour, riches and fame—but to insiders, it’s a cold, dark, scandalous place, where survival is not about basic instinct but the people you’re sleeping with. The book exposes the erotic side of four Hollywood moneymakers, openly revealing how nothing is safe in the hands of greed. The main focus is on a powerful talent agent, the Mistress of Romance, an international superstar, a sexy movie star, and Hollywood’s biggest and best-kept secret that breeds a scandalous world of betrayal.
Q: Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
Q: How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
A: Writing my first novel was difficult, because I needed to discover my voice and my writing style. Also, I found it hard to find the time to write when I was actively involved in the entertainment industry. I finally had to take some time off between demanding projects and focus on my writing. When I experienced writer’s block, I learned to walk away and take a break to clear my mind from the aggravation. Most the time, I would go outside and get some fresh air. I can not force my creativity to evolve. I am either in my writing zone or I am not. When I am in my writing zone, I am unstoppable, but my writing suffers if I try to force it to happen during writer’s block.
Q: How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
A: The feedback from readers has been a surreal experience. I tapped into diehard Jackie Collins’ fans on Facebook, who have ordered my book from various countries. Their positive feedback has varied from “brilliant” to “an addictive writing style” to “one of the best books that I have ever read,” and they are asking for the sequel. I was shocked when Jackie Collins sent me an autographed photo wishing me the best of luck with my book. A male fan sent me a photo of himself under the covers in bed reading my book. I laughed when I saw the picture and thought it was a creative idea due to the name of my novel.
Q: What is your daily writing routine?
A: I wake up to a cup of coffee, and while my brain is not fully functional, I type in the computer what I have written the day before. I have discovered that I lose my creativity trying to write in front of a computer, because I associate my computer with work. I initially write in a journal or notebook and transfer it to the computer the next morning. Afterwards, I take a break from writing and take care of the business side of things. Later in the day, I find an outdoor inspirational setting where my creativity will peak. If the weather does not permit an outdoor excursion, I find a comfortable place in the house away from my office to write. I do not limit my writing time. I will continue to write for as long as I am in my writing zone, which could be a couple of hours to six or eight hours.
Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
A: I take a hot bubble bath by candle light or watch a movie on DVD where I can zone out in a mindless way.
Q: What book changed your life?
A: Lovers and Gamblers by Jackie Collins put me on a life changing path to follow my dreams into the entertainment industry, in order to one day, write about the celebrity obsessed culture.
Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
A: The Art of Living Several Lives in One Lifetime.
Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
A: The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is how my writing is based on true adventures from my Hollywood experience.
Thank you for this interview Brandie. I wish you much success on your latest release, Hollywood Under the Covers!