CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Song Bird

I’m not Mavis anymore.


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.

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Christine Mari-Anne Knight was born in Paddington, Sydney in 1951. Her father, Ian, was a builder while her mother, Mary, worked in retail. Christine's paternal and maternal families came from Kilcreggan Scotland and Mullumbimby NSW respectively. Christine lived with her parents and siblings in Cabramatta, Liverpool, and then later Kiama, NSW.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Good Reading Magazine, February 2015

The Songstress of Oz

Stardom is a complex and taxing experience, compounded by paparazzi scrums and constant media attention.


In Song Bird, Mavis Mills – who has taken the stage name of Nikki – must battle the challenges of fame while caring for her son and family, and searching for love while surrounded by the misleading and manipulative personalities of the music industry.

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REVIEWS

Foreword Clarion Reviews

Reviewer: Jill Allen

The poetic prose, replete with lush descriptions of Australian terrain, makes those readers who have never been to the country feel at home. This series definitely has the potential to go platinum.

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San Francisco Book Review

Reviewer: Ross Rojek

Character-driven stories depend on good characters in challenging situations, and 'Song Bird' provides both. A memorable book for fans of music, Australia, and character-driven novels.

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Readers Favorite

Reviewer: Cheryl E Rodriguez

I enjoyed all the nuggets of truth hidden within musical overtones. Christine Knight wrote a lyrical narrative that will keep the reader humming its tune, anxiously awaiting the next verse in the life of Nikki Mills.

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Reviewer: Heather Osborne

I truly enjoyed ‘Song Bird’. A smooth, emotional, and beautiful read, ‘Song Bird’ is sure to touch the hearts of many who pick up this novel.

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Reviewer: KC Finn

I was extremely interested in the Australian setting for the novel. The beautiful and uniquely cultural descriptions of the country added extra flavour to the tale. Overall, ‘Song Bird’ was a pleasant and vivid read with an inspiring message and a very exciting ending.

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Reviewer: Tina Gibbons

A thought provoking and entertaining read. Mavis/Nikki was a strong woman … I liked her very much. Her interactions with her son, ‘Dan the Man’ were sweet; he was one of my favorite characters.

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ON WRITING

Song Bird

‘Song Bird’ is the third novel in the Keimera series and a sequel to ‘Life Song’, but the story stands independently and on its own merit. When read within the context of the series, the reader’s knowledge of the characters in that world is enriched. The reader grows with the characters over the course of the three novels.


To date, I have used a different central motif in each novel to organise the story. I use a motif to weave together the thematic complexities of characterisation and plot. The motif is the palette used to shape my characters and the world that they inhabit, to comment on characters, and to point to the story’s underlying meaning.

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LATEST BLOG POSTS

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Story Behind Pop Rock Song 'Masque'

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    'Masque' is a duet between charismatic rock star, Rick Brody, and singing sensation Nikki Mills (the Girl from Oz). They are fictional characters in my novel, ‘Song Bird’, which is on sale through Amazon, Book Depository, and other online booksellers as are my other novels' 'Life Song' and 'In and Out of Step' - in paperback and eBook formats.

    'Masque' features the vocal talents of Skye Elisabeth and Nic James. I am the composer and executive producer for all of my music. Although I am a musician, I no longer perform publicly but use talented session musicians. At home, I love to sing and rock.

    I use music as part of my writing process when developing a novel as it allows me to explore character perspectives, challenges, and personal journeys. My song ‘Masque’ evolved out of my exploration of Rick and Nikki’s relationship when developing 'Song Bird', the novel . The song helped me better understand rock legend Rick Brody, the impact of being a rock star on Rick's relationship with Nikki, and the core obstacles they faced. Rick Brody is one of four pivotal men in Nikki Mills' life.

    You can hear my music from 'Life Song' and 'Song Bird' on Spotify and jango.com and other Internet online music services.  You can also hear 'Masque' on Gravity One, 
    a fast-growing west coast video channel in USA accessed by gyms, cinemas, restaurants, bars and other venues where music videos have the power to enhance the environment.

    A sequel to my novel 'Life Song', 'Song Bird' also works well as a stand alone novel. It is a  coming-of-age story that blends humour, moving drama, and vivid storytelling. Readers tell me the outcome is deeply satisfying. It has sizzle and is a visual narrative with its own original sound track.

    Overview of 'Song Bird'
    For years, Nikki (aka Mavis) dreamed of the freedom and lifestyle of a platinum recording artist. Now an international singing sensation, she discovers that reality is very different. Determined not to be caged by the media circus, she travels down the golden road through a land of glitter and gloss, facing challenges on the way while struggling to leave the demons from her past behind.

    In ‘Song Bird’, Nikki continues to grow into the woman she wants to be, not the one others expect her to be. She forges ahead with the support of men, not because of them.  

    You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. The online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

    Note: AS the novels are set in Australia I use the British spelling system and language conventions.

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    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The Story Behind the Love Song 'The Flame'

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    'The Flame' features in my novel ‘Song Bird’. In the novel, it is sung by rock legend Rick Brody who serenades Nikki Mills (the central character in the novel).

    In real life, it was sung by Funnie Williams and Thanapat Yarchartoen (aka Film) and was produced by Karma Sound Studios in Thailand.

    BACKSTORY TO 'THE FLAME'

    In ‘Song Bird’, Rick claimed his primary interest in Nikki was musical collaboration but his libido and history of conquests shaped the way he interacted with her. 

    Although Nikki pretended not to be attracted to Rick, she really felt that 'his attractiveness involved a combination of several factors: grooming, charisma, a strong but lean physique, and he was a rock star interested in her of all people. Unlike his fans, Nikki did not have an urge to flash her breasts, hand over her parties, or suggest a threesome.’ She maintained a mask of cool indifference and stayed work-focused throughout the early stages of their musical relationship.

    Consequently, Rick viewed Nikki as a challenge. Committed to the long game in winning her, he serenaded Nikki at the end of Chapter 7 with his most popular love song - 'The Flame'.

    Rick did not know that Nikki (aka Mavis Mills) had been wary of men ever since a destructive relationship with her boyfriend, Terry Kirkby, ten years earlier.  As Nikki listened to Rick’s serenade, she thought ‘Rick is not Terry’ and, on the basis of that belief, let her guard down. She did not, however, know that Rick did not write the song and that the sincerity of the lyrics were attributable to the composer and not to the singer – Rick.

    Readers of this blog may also find the pop rock song 'Masque' and interesting insight into Rick and Nikki's relationship issues.

    I currently have 8 songs on CD Baby and iTunes. You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn approximately one cent per one hundred streams. 

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    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    The Story Behind the Country Rock Song 'Sunshine Days'

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    'Sunshine Days' is the most recent of my songs to be released. It features Rachel Thorne (vocals) and Milo G (performer, arranger and producer). As with all of my music, I am the composer and executive producer. Although I am a musician, I no longer perform publicly but use talented session musicians.

    I use music as part of my writing process when developing a novel as it allows me to explore character perspectives, challenges, and personal journeys.

    The novel 'Life Song' picks up Mavis' story six years after the end of 'In and Out of Step' in which Mavis was a significant secondary character. 

    There are many harrowing stories of violence against women but a lesser number of stories address how some women rise above the trauma and move on in life. 'Life Song' does the latter.

    A character-driven novel, 'Life Song' explores the choices M
    avis Mills makes as she balances competing demands and responsibilities with her desire to find an identity beyond motherhood. A survivor of domestic violence, Mavis discovers unexpectedly that she has a choice: accept her life as it is or try to rise above her circumstance, realize her potential, and make her nearly forgotten dreams become true.

    The novel does not focus on the abuse – that is in the backstory - it traces the ramifications of it as Mavis strives to put her past behind her. The novel's uplifting plot is very much about the woman that Mavis becomes and the influences that shape her rather than being a novel about a ‘chic-musician on the road to fame story’.

    In terms of its appeal, readers agree 'Life Song' is a blend of wry humour and vivid storytelling. The general feedback from readers is that the characters are memorable and inhabit the imagination long after the reading of the novel is finished.

    My song 'Sunshine Days' features in chapter 1 of  'Life Song' and later in the sequel, 'Song Bird'.

    My songs 'Life Song' and 'Sunshine Days' provide the backstory for Mavis' choices and the motivation underpinning her narrative journey. She chooses to boldly travel down the road less traveled and is determined not to let trouble get the best of her. Easier said than done though.


    Although music and a career in the music industry function as a portal into a better life for Mavis and her son, Dan, it also adds complexity to Mavis' life as she works to balance her personal needs and the demands she faces as a single parent.

    When 'Sunshine Days' recurs in 'Song Bird', it is sung by Zoey Blake (a secondary character), the illegitimate daughter of Susie Blake and Max Ryan (rock musicians). Susie and Max had a passionate relationship until Susie fell pregnant. While Max supported Susie's right to choose abortion, he opposed her choice to have a baby. As a result, the couple broke up. Subplots in 'Life Song' and 'Song Bird' explore Dan and Zoey's perspectives and issues as they grow up.

    Zoey sings 'Sunshine Days' in her late teens. Having lost the innocence of her childhood, she struggles to deal with the reality of knowing one parent did not want her and subsequent depression. In that context, 'Sunshine Days' is a turning point in Zoey's personal journey.

    In 'Song Bird', Nikki (aka Mavis) has become an international singing sensation - the Girl from Oz. Determined not to be caged by the media circus, she travels down the golden road through a land of glitter and gloss, facing challenges on the way while struggling to leave the demons from her past behind. In ‘Song Bird’, Nikki continues to grow into the woman she wants to be, not the one others expect her to be. She forges ahead with the support of men, not because of them. 

    You can help me raise the money to produce the rest of my songs by buying one or more of my songs at the very small price of $1.69 per song. They are on sale at CD Baby and  iTunes. Online music streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer promote my music, but I only earn about one cent per one hundred plays. 

     

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NEWS

  • Avastar runs Lauren Scott's interview with Christine M Knight

    23-Jun-2017

    A USA East Coast press syndicate, Avastar Entertainment Network ran Lauren Scott's interview with Christine M Knight recently. Here is the link (http://www.avastar.tv/features/ChristineMKnight1.html)...
  • 'Masque' hits the rock charts

    23-Jun-2017

    Berkshire Media Group recently collated its Rock Chart data for May 2017. Christine's song, 'Masque', hit the #1 position on their charts and held it for May 2017. In Australia, the Internet radio ..
  • Pop rock song 'Masque' trending well

    02-May-2017

    Christine M Knight's pop rock song 'Masque' is trending in western Euorpe, eastern USA, and breaking into the UK Internet radio market. You can download 'Masque' from iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/..

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