Paperback Writer has the inside story straight from author Brandie Knight, that yes, she is writing the sequel to Hollywood Under the Covers. Here’s what Brandie had to say in our interview,
“Due to the overwhelming requests from my readers, I am currently writing the sequel to Hollywood Under the Covers. I have about six novels in my head ready to write, and I had planned on writing a different Hollywood story for my next book. I had no idea the readers would get so attached to the characters and want to continue following the storyline. It’s fantastic!”
Hollywood Under the Covers by Brandie Knight
A powerful talent agent, the Mistress of Romance, an international superstar, a sexy movie star, and Hollywood’s biggest and best-kept secret breeds a scandalous world of betrayal.
Hollywood Under the Covers 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.
Hollywood Under the Covers is an intriguing world of sex, drugs, scandals, and the downside of fame. Loosely based on actual events, this fictional story takes the reader on a fast paced, head-spinning journey into a world so strange it could only be based in truth.
Welcome to Paperback Writer Brandie,
Thanks for having me.
Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
A: My novel is based on true adventures from my twenty years in the entertainment industry. Hollywood Under the Covers was initially inspired when I attended a television network party that was mixed with celebrities from the network’s new television line up and the media, who was there to conduct interviews for publicity purposes. It was a lavish party with live music, dancing, complimentary alcohol and food. At the beginning of the night, everyone was sober and proper. By the end of the night, every thing was off-the-record! I found the setting to be very entertaining and ended up creating characters from some of the celebrities who were in attendance that night.
Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
A: I plan my stories with an outline by using index cards. I make sure each character and the overall storyline is compelling with a good balance of key elements.
Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
A: I know the resolution for each character, but not the end of the story. Through the process of writing the story, I allow the characters to evolve and lead me to a dynamic ending.
Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
A: I use index cards to develop my characters. On separate cards, I write the character’s description, what’s at stake, the climax, and the resolution. From there, I start writing brief descriptions of the character’s main scenes on index cards. Once I finish a set of index cards for each character, I start writing my story.
Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
A: I am actually one of the main characters in my novel. The other characters are based after real people that I know in the entertainment industry, and I try to stay true to their personalities and traits. Throughout my writing, I ask myself, how would this character react to this situation? I get inside my character’s head and focus on the human behavior aspect for authenticity and leave myself out of it.
Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
A: My favorite part is the fast pace in which the story is told. There is practically something scandalous on every page, which is true-to-life for high profile people. They rarely get a day off from negativity invading their personal lives.
Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
A: It was a long journey to get published. In 2001, I turned down an opportunity to work with an influential literary agent and to be published by a major publisher. They wanted me to change the name of a main character, narrow down the four main characters, and use a more traditional writing style. I felt like I would be a corporate sell-out if I took the deal and turned my back on the way I wanted to present my novel to readers. In 2009, I added a publishing department to my company, Vegas Revolutions, and I am distributed by the largest book distributor in the world. By forming my own publishing company, I am able to stay true to my creativity.
Q: What has been the best part about being published?
A: The positive feedback from excited readers! There was no way to predict if the public would like my book or not. I was very anxious to receive feedback from people who did not know me. I have been flooded with positive feedback from the United Kingdom, Denmark, South Africa, Italy, France, and the United States. One email from the United Kingdom brought a joyful tear to my eye when she wrote, “One of the best books that I have ever read! It’s brilliant! I couldn’t put it down.” At that surreal moment, I knew my hard work had paid off and people around the world were enjoying my book.
Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
A: I want the readers to feel like they have been transported into another world that they can’t wait to revisit again with another one of my books.
ABOUT BRANDIE KNIGHT
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://www.brandieknight.com www.facebook.com/brandie.knight, and http://twitter.com/brandieknight1.
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