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Author Bio: Zoe McKnight was born and raised in New York City. When she’s not writing she can be found reading or satisfying her reality show fix. Her two favorite things are eggnog lattes and the love of her neurotic ten-year old cocker spaniel. Living in Glass Houses is her first novel. The sequel, ‘Til Our Lies Do Us Part, will be released later this Fall.
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Oh what a tangled web love can be. McKnight captures the complexities of romantic relationships from nearly every angle. I found myself so immersed in the lives of Jonathan, Elle and Blair. I was both understanding of where they were coming from, but also frustrated at times with their decisions regarding their romantic relationships. I thoroughly enjoyed how all the characters stories linked with the others. The story was original, entertaining and addicting. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Jonathon, Elle and Blair. I love that McKnight is busy working on the next installment in this story. I was left wanting more and I cannot wait for the next book. I rate this novel 4.5 stars.
About the book:
Living in Glass Houses is a contemporary story about three friends, all at a crossroads after discovering that even the best laid plans don’t always result in the life you want. It’s about navigating the murky waters of relationships and friendships and having the courage to make those hard, life-altering decisions which mark the difference between existing and living.
Jonathan is a do-gooding college basketball coach in a relationship with a woman whose Park Avenue upbringing is at constant odds with his Main Street way of life. It’s a life he’s conceded to accept until he meets a woman who awakens in him everything he's been missing and is now uncertain he can live without.
Elle is a NYC editor whose type-A personality has afforded her a fulfilling lifestyle in which she rarely doesn’t get what she wants. That’s until a failed relationship causes her walls to come crashing down around her. The man, who everyone agreed was her perfect other half, leaves her confused, insecure and incapable of moving on, even after she meets someone who’s nothing like her, but who completes her in the strangest of ways.
Blair is an optimistic good girl, turned jaded wife. After ten years of a disappointing marriage, she decides to reclaim her happiness and fill the void left by her wealthy, philandering husband. Just when everything she’s ever dreamed of is finally within her grasp, she’s haunted by her past, forcing her to make a decision which will forever change the path of her life.
Q. What inspires your writing?
Psychology intrigues me. I’m always wondering what makes people tick and what drives them to their decisions. Particularly when it comes to affairs of the heart. I wrote this book because I strongly believe that sometimes good people make bad decisions and I wanted to tell a story that spoke to this. Something which would not only be thought-provoking, but entertaining and relatable.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I love creating something from scratch, starting with a blank canvas. In writing, there are no rules or boundaries. My imagination gets to run wild.
Q. What is the toughest part of being an author?
Worrying about how my work will be received. I often know exactly what it is I want to say, what message I want to be conveyed, but I wonder if my readers will get it. This results in a lot of edits and re-writes.
Q. If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
Definitely a teacher. I’m in love with learning. Seeing the look on a student’s face when they ‘get it’, thrills me.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
Hmmm. That’s a good one. I’d probably say, ‘Never Enough’. I’m always looking to do more, see more or create something better. Still not sure if this is an asset or a flaw.
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
Another hard one. I’ve read so many excellent books, but I’d have to say, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Souljah. I probably re-read that book once a year and it never gets old. I still root for the main character as if I just met her.
Q. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
I wanted a cover that told the story instantly. When I came across that image of the man and woman back to back, clearly at odds with one another, I thought it was perfect. I think most people have been there before, we all know what it feels like to be at a relationship impasse and the picture speaks volumes.
Q. Which part of your book was the easiest to write?
The arguments flowed for me. I’m not an argumentative person so I was able to write all of the things I wish I could say to someone. It was cathartic. And fun!
Q. Which part of your book was the hardest to write?
Definitely the romantic lovey-dovey scenes. There’s a fine line between sappy and cliché and authentic and true-to-life. Those parts take me the longest to write.
Q. Which character from any book are you most like?
Elle. She’s level-headed and rational. And she’s a thinker, just like me.
Q. What is your favorite season?
Hands down, it is Autumn. I adore fall fashions, I love to watch the leaves turn colors and my favorite holiday is Halloween. I’m probably a bit biased because I was born in November.
Q. Are you working on something new?
The sequel to Living in Glass Houses is in the works. It should be out by November 1. It follows the story of Blair and Vaughn from the first book. So much of the feedback I received was about the two of them and what happens next so I decided to continue their story in my next novel.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
After I wrote my book it was amazing how many people told me they always dreamed of writing a book too. Some even shared their ideas with me. It’s not easy, but it’s not as hard as people think either. I encourage anyone with a dream to write, to just do it. If you have something to say, then say it. Do not wait for the right time or to take any special classes or for inspiration to strike. Just do it.