Written by Youseph Rasheed Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00
Local author, wife, and proud mother Katie McKnight, 44, recently published her debut novel, Secrets Revealed, a suspenseful romance drama that has been a top seller for her publisher.
Secrets Revealed tells the exciting story of Broadway actress Melanie O’Shaughnessy and her new heartthrob Hollywood husband Ryan Carlisle. “Melanie has been keeping a secret for ten years and now someone from her past returns and threatens to reveal the secret,” explained McKnight. “She fears a public scandal but what she doesn’t realize is that someone near to her is masterminding a plan for murder. What she should really be fearful for is her life.”
McKnight’s Long Island roots inspired her to set some parts of the novel in Brookville and Rockville Centre. The book also takes place in Manhattan as well as Pennsylvania.
“My publisher has been very pleased with how the book has been doing,” said McKnight. "I was thrilled when I found out that it has remained at the number six spot on Eternal Press’s best seller list for the past three months.”
McKnight explained how she got her start at writing: “When I was 22 years old, my husband developed a hole in his heart. He needed to undergo open heart surgery. I was a young bride at the time and it was a very scary time in my life. I had a difficult time dealing with the situation so I started writing my feelings down in a notebook to help me cope. Thankfully my husband fully recuperated.” McKnight continued to write after her husband’s recovery and her talents progressed into short stories and eventually into full-fledged novels.
One reader named Donna Riccardi wrote her review of Secrets Revealed on amazon.com and said the novel was “A sweet, well written, love story with a twist...I recommend this book and will follow the author for new releases.”
With such an exceptional response to McKnight’s first endeavor as a professional writer it is no surprise that she is already working on her next yet-to-be-titled literary hit. “Right now I am working on a story about a woman whose husband gets into an accident,” explained McKnight. “While he is in the hospital she discovers that everything about their marriage has been a lie. Even though his wife tries to move on, she keeps getting dragged into his web of lies.”
Aside from writing novels, McKnight is also an anti-bullying advocate at Howitt Middle School where she works as an aide. She became motivated to find ways of building friendship between students after one disheartening incident she witnessed. “A student had brought in a picture of their new dog and they were excitedly showing everyone when another student said ‘That’s the ugliest dog I have ever seen.’ I thought to myself, why did that student have to say that? It was very unnecessary and clearly hurt the other student’s feelings.”
While brainstorming solutions to combat bullying, McKnight and another aide thought up the idea to incorporate music and trivia games into the students' lunch period. “We pose a question to the children every day and the kids work together and try to figure it out,” explained McKnight. “If the kids get it right they win a prize. We also play music for them and they have a great time. The children start singing along to the lyrics and they really just interact in a positive way.”
When posed with the question of what she loves most about the writing process, McKnight told the Farmingdale Observer “Writing tears me from the real world and drops me into the lives of the people living in my imagination.”
McKnight studied at Queens College and Piedmont Community College. She is a member of the Farmingdale Writer’s Group and the Long Island Writer’s Guild. She lives happily with her husband and three sons in Farmingdale.
Secrets Revealed is available in paperback and e-form at www.eternalpress.biz, www.amazon.com, and at Barnes & Noble. For more information about McKnight visit www.Katie-McKnight-author.com or www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com.
On May 20, McKnight will be at the Farmingdale Public Library at 7 p.m. to talk about Secrets Revealed.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”