It’s a real pleasure to welcome fellow historical writer, Jude Knight, to the blog this morning. Hi Jude, I expect it’s night-time in the southern hemisphere, but maybe one or two night owls are up and about.
Five Fascinating Facts: Jude Knight, the real one
Fascinating Fact One
I enjoy sewing, but lead a busy life and often take weeks(if not months) to finish a project. I though a dress model might help, so last year I laid in a supply of duct tape, some insulating foam, and a bottle of red wine. The duct tape was to wrap around my body, the insulating foam was to fill the shape once it had been cut off me, and the red wine lubricated the afternoon. A friend came over to help wrap me, and the whole project took longer than expected because we spent so much of the time helpless with laughter. It worked, though.
Fascinating Fact Two
The PRH (personal romantic hero) and I live on a two-acre patch of land with two cats, five chickens, and occasional grandchildren. The patch is in the middle of a town block, surrounded by ordinary suburban sections; we have nearly twenty next-door neighbours. The story goes that a road was meant to run along our back fence, opening the block to subdivision. But a friend of the mayor did not want to live on a corner section, so the mayor approved the sale of the road block, leaving our acreage land locked.
Fascinating Fact Three
When my youngest child started school, I applied for a job writing computer software manuals. The interviewer pointed out that I knew nothing about computers. Being a bit bumptious by nature, I told him, “I can learn about computers faster than you can learn how to write.” He didn’t disagree, but later (after I started the job) I found out he was a playwright. The moral of the story is, do your due diligence!
Fascinating Fact Four
I am quarter of an inch shy of five feet tall, and I’ve heard all the short jokes. Yes, the weather is fine down here. And yes, I am standing, not sitting. And my family fed me. But I’m tall enough that my feet touch the ground, and short enough that I don’t have to walk in a ditch. So I reckon I’m about the right size.
I’m not very tall either, Jude, and I have red hair so the jokes were about whether mum forgot to dry my hair and it rusted. What really bugged me about them was that the teller thought s/he was being original (as if).
Fascinating Fact Five
For our 40th wedding anniversary, PRH and I gave one another a kitten, two sisters from the same litter. PRH’s cat, Tiger, is a large fluffy lady who is devoted to guarding the bed. She spends all day and every day, curled in a ball fast asleep on one corner of our duvet. She is one tough cat, and will see off any other cats that come onto the section. My little girl, Ruby, is very sweet but also highly neurotic. I tell people that her mother warned her to watch out for hawks, but failed to explain what a hawk was. She trusts me, and will accept PRH if I’m not around, but runs and hides from everyone and anyone else. PRH, whose sense of humour goes by contraries, calls her The Black Evil One, and her sister The Hench Cat.
Jude Knight has a new book out A Baron for Becky (Novels Now does love an alliterative title, don’t you?) Here’s the wonderful cover:
She was a fallen woman when she met them. How can they help her fall on her feet?
Becky is the envy of the courtesans of the demi-monde – the indulged mistress of the wealthy and charismatic Marquis of Aldridge. But she dreams of a normal life; one in which her daughter can have a future that does not depend on beauty, sex, and the whims of a man.
Finding herself with child, she hesitates to tell Aldridge. Will he cast her off, send her away, or keep her and condemn another child to this uncertain shadow world?
The devil-may-care face Hugh shows to the world hides a desperate sorrow; a sorrow he tries to drown with drink and riotous living. His years at war haunt him, but even more, he doesn’t want to think about the illness that robbed him of the ability to father a son. When he dies, his barony will die with him. His title will fall into abeyance, and his estate will be scooped up by the Crown.
When Aldridge surprises them both with a daring proposition, they do not expect love to be part of the bargain.
Tempting and by leaving a comment you may be selected to win a free copy of A Baron for Becky
Jude Knight writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you’ll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humour.
Jude Knight is the pen name of Judy Knighton. After a career in commercial writing, editing, and publishing, Jude is returning to her first love, fiction. Her novella, Candle’s Christmas Chair, was released in December 2014, and is in the top ten on several Amazon bestseller lists in the US and UK. Her first novel Farewell to Kindness, was released on 1 April, and is first in a series: The Golden Redepennings.
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I enjoyed reading this post. Being a sometimes sculptor, I am wondering about the foam rubber figure. You must have left something off the recipe that holds the foam together? The result looks like a work of modern art, (which may say something about modern art).
Ken, that made me laugh, Anne
It does, indeed! I got better at laying down the foam as we went up the figure, and eventually managed to produce bits without air bubbles. At some point between novels, I intend to coat it to produce a smooth surface, but meanwhile it works well enough.
Thanks, Anne. I enjoyed figuring out what facts weren’t already out! I’m hardly the reticent sort.
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#1 is just so ingenious Jude, multi talented for sure 🙂 .