Meet A. L. Knorr, our March Book Club Author
March 13, 2023
Slippers, a big hat and a sit/stand desk
BingeBooks: Where and when do you like to write?
Abby Knorr: I write at my sit/stand desk beside a window with a view of our orchard. If it's a really beautiful day, I'll write beside our pool in a big hat. I try to get my writing done after a morning walk, but before I do any other work, usually mid-morning until early afternoon.
BB: Is there anything - furnishings, art, equipment, etc - you always like to have around you when you write?
AK: My sit/stand desk, ergonomic keyboard and mouse really changed my body for the better and helped heal the TOS I acquired in the early days of writing when I was constantly traveling and did everything sitting on a couch with my laptop. Other than that, and the necessity of warm feet (I own a lot of slippers), there aren't any other things I need.
BB: Who are your influences?
AK: Kelley Armstrong, Tamora Pierce, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Stephen King, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Laure Eve, and Laini Taylor.
BB: What are you reading right now?
AK: I always have a fiction and a nonfiction going. Right now I'm reading House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin Craig, as well as Dazzling Dialogue and The Trope Thesaurus.
BB: What book would you recommend for a great spring vacation read?
AK: I love a big fat historical fiction when I'm on holiday. I totally inhaled Pillars of the Earth and would recommend it to anyone who loves medieval settings and villains that make you want to scream out loud.
BB: Have any of your characters ever surprised you? How?
AK: Oh yeah! A character once broke up with the love interest I thought she'd have until the end of a series, and started dating his best friend! I had NO IDEA that was going to happen. Definitely wasn't in the plan, but the best friend was the better match for her. She realized it. I didn't. :)
BB: Cat or Dog?
AK: We inherited a Persian cat named Pamuk when we bought our villa. We both prefer dogs over cats, but Pamuk wormed his way into our affections pretty quickly.
BB: Tea or Coffee?
AK: Both! I love drip coffee with cream in the morning, but I also love an afternoon Earl Grey. Tea is one of the habits I picked up after living in England for a few years.
BB: Tell us in one sentence why readers love A Blossom at Midnight.
AK: Just one? Dang you run a tight ship. Readers love the epic setting and the flora and fauna magic, which includes fae characters with animal and insect familiars.
BB: Tell us in one sentence why you love writing - in general, and in your specific genre.
AK: I love the challenge of telling a story that's loaded with surprises that keep readers guessing until the end. I love writing fantasy because magic lends a special element to fiction that opens up endless storytelling possibilities that other genres don't offer.
Watch our chat with Abby and find out about forthcoming author chats on our Book Club page