Book Details:

Book Title:  A Knock on the Door by Roberta K. Fernandez
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  392 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction / Thriller 
Publisher:  Subplot Publishing (Imprint of Amplify Publishing Group) 
Release date:  October 2022
Content RatingPG-13 + MThe book deals with heavy themes, murder, and violence
Book Description:

Lori Crawford's world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a car accident. After twenty-five years of marriage, she thought she would forever live an uncomplicated, happy life with Jack. But just as Lori feels she’s coming out on the other side of her grief, Jack’s assistant at SpringWare, Rita Johnson, discovers information that convinces her that Jack was murdered.

The two women vow to bring the perpetrator to justice. But time is running out, and their names are on someone’s kill list. The truth takes them down a path they never could have suspected. They set out to bring down one of the most powerful men in the country: the director of the National Security Agency. But who will believe them? And how many more will die before they do? Now, they have to decide if they have the courage—and the ability—to finish what they started.
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Author Interview
1.      Do you have any formal training in writing?
I attended a memoir writing workshop with Joyce Maynard in 2008. It was more for a personal escape than the desire to write. I didn’t enjoy writing about myself. However, I learned to be a more reflective writer and gained the confidence to write blogs, training materials, and books for my profession. It was also an invaluable week for self-discovery. Other than that, I have had no specific writing training.

 2.   Even though you aren’t keen on writing about yourself, are you or your life reflected in this book?
My love of red wine comes through! But seriously, all writers write what they know about. Upon reflection, there are bits of me in every character, and I witnessed one of the scenes I wrote about Lori’s childhood.

3.   Do you see yourself writing for a living?
I love my career as a hypnotist and can’t imagine not ever helping people in the way. I write because it brings me joy. So much so that a sequel came into my head almost as soon as I was with A Knock on the Door. The idea for my third is in my head. I’m a new writer getting a late start. I have no illusions that I am the next Baldacci or Patterson. My first book is good, and I can tell you that And the Two Shall Meet is even better. I expect my writing skills to continue developing, so who knows?

 4.   This book is fast-paced, with short chapters. Was that intentional?
Yes. I write how I like to read. I don’t want to get bogged down in too much detail or prose. I like stories that move along and keep me wondering what might happen next. The chapters where you meet Rita and Lori we originally twice as long, and in retrospect, I might shorten them if I were to edit the book again. There is a balance, though, in that I wanted readers to get to know these two unique women to appreciate where they get their courage and determination.

 5.   Are there any secrets you can share with your readers that aren’t in your previews?
That’s a hard no! I have to severely edit my live readings to find exciting bits to read, but not spoil it for those who haven’t read the book yet.

 6.   How did you choose the title of the book?
I struggled for a couple of months with that. Once I settled on it, I found multiple places to work it into the book. Ironically, and my heart tells me it wasn’t coincidental, I recently opened the piece I wrote in Joyce’s workshop. When I looked at the screen, the words “a knock on the door” leaped off the page. I still get goosebumps…

 7.   Are you on social media, and can your readers interact with you?
Yes! You can find me at Roberta Fernandez, Author on FB, Instagram, and YouTube. I always respond to comments. You can also find more information on my website,

Meet the Author:

In her sixty-three years of life, Roberta Fernandez, a board-certified hypnotist, didn’t know that she had a story waiting to be told.

In 2006, she attended a weeklong memoir-writing class conducted by a bestselling author, Joyce Maynard. Joyce worked hard to bring out Roberta’s best work, in spite of her self-perceived lack of talent. While it was an awesome experience to be instructed by a well-known author, Roberta determined that writing about herself was not a talent she possessed.

As a first-time author, Roberta now understands she was simply destined to write in a different genre. She enjoys creating relatable characters and watching the story unfold as she types. Like her readers, she wonders what’s going to happen next. A sequel is already being written as this book is published. Who knows what words will flow across the page in the next fifteen years!

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