Good Reading : March 2015
Author Focus Author Focus ABOUT HER LATEST BOOK For years, songbird Nikki Mills (aka Mavis Mills) dreamed of the freedom and lifestyle that came with being a platinum record artist. To get there, she put her career and son first and her love life on hold. Now an international singing sensation, Nikki discovers her reality is very different from what she had imagined. Determined not to be caged by the fan and media circus, Nikki struggles to protect her son, their relationship and lifestyle. That struggle is complicated by her desire for a love life. Exclusive for online readers Chistine M Knight tells us about her life growing up and becoming a writer. Christine Mari-Anne Knight was born in Sydney and studied at Macquarie University, where she majored in English and History with a specialist strand in Theatre and completed a four- year Diploma of Education. A talented musician, Christine supplemented her university through teaching private students, working in a rock band and also working in theatre as an actor. Later as a Drama teacher, Christine directed a number of award winning productions and attributes her theatrical experience to her understanding of character, dialogue, imagery, tension, and storytelling. ‘In theatre and storytelling, the momentum comes from interest in what-happens- next.’ Christine married a RAAF officer and travelled extensively with him on postings in Australia and overseas, making firm friendships which has given her an international perspective on the issues addressed in her first novel. Christine’s interest in writing began in her teenage years. But it was the 1990s which was the beginning of a creatively productive time for her. She wrote and refined a number of novel manuscripts while continuing to generate poetry and short stories. When asked about her writing, Christine said her goal was to create people not characters, a real world not an imitation of it, and to move readers emotionally so they share in what the people in her novels experience. She believes it is through experiencing life that we truly gain insight into the human condition.