Robin Edwards

September 28th, 2017

Contemporary romance writer, Robin Edwards joins us today to talk about inspiration, love, and how she beats writer’s block.

Her latest release, Southern Riders (Scars Book One), [Right] is available on Amazon!

 


Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know? Do you have any fun quirks?

I love telling stories…I love the influence it has over someone. Not in the bad way. I love the ability a story has to make someone laugh or cry. To make them forget or to even inspire them. Give them ambition.

Quirks? I have a lot of them. I love having quirks, its natures way of letting everyone know how we are individually unique. I love the outdoors, sports, spending time with loved ones, I love trying new things, I love the sense of adventure.

What inspired you to start writing?

I have been telling stories my whole life, even when I was younger. If I wasn’t telling ’em, I was thinking of them. I used to make up stories in my head in order to get to sleep at night when I was a kid or when I was sad/upset, I would tell myself stories in my head to make myself feel better.

I guess you could say the imagination was always there. In high school I was in theatre, so I was performing someone else’s stories…in college, I did more of the same and then I started writing more actively then.

At first it was passages of things that just popped in my head, then that quickly turned into poetry. I had a professor tell me I had potential and that I should continue to pursue it.

Passages and poems eventually turned into short stories. Eventually due to life being the way it is, I had to put writing on the back burner and get back to “real life”…but it never stopped being there in the back of my mind.

Two years ago, I started writing again and this time I decided to pursue it professionally and here I am! I’m loving every minute of it.


“In the end of it all, I guess we all want to be able to say we did things, all trying to find the meaning to everything.”


Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?

I love martial arts, theatre, film/tv, trying new things, visiting new places (traveling).

Having passions is inspirational. It gives you spirit, gives you stories to tell.

I guess everything goes back to stories. In the end of it all, I guess we all want to be able to say we did things, all trying to find the meaning to everything.

What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?

My debut novel was Twelve Miles. It is Book One of a series I’m currently finishing up and will do so by the end of this year.

It wasn’t exactly well received in the beginning because I rushed it, I wasn’t signed under any publishing company and I edited it myself.

Since then I’ve been signed under a small independent publishing company that has a team of designers, writers, marketers and etc. Granted they are small but they are growing in the process as I am.

I currently have about 6 books out and what I’ve learned since then in terms of process and being an author is stories are everything, quality is everything and most of all – being able to affect a reader’s emotions with an effect is KEY to a book’s success.

It’s not about sales, marketing to them…it’s about you filling a gap in their lives. In the future, I hope my name and my work grows in time..the quality of my writing and storytelling improves as well.


“Those are the reactions I live for!”


What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?

I love creating plots and characters the best and then seeing the finished product in print. It makes it more real.

Just the other day I talked to a new friend of mine about my career and she was blown away and didn’t expect that to come out of me. She wanted to read it and me to sign a printed copy of my next book.

Those are the reactions I live for!

What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?

The challenging part is the writing. I suffer from writer’s block. I guess having an internal deadline does that to you.

How do I push through? Someone told me once that writer’s block happens when you are trying to rush or meet a deadline and that hinders your ability to think freely about how the story will progress.

They said to just keep writing even if what you’re writing makes no sense or doesn’t work…that’s what editing fixes but before the editing process just write and write and then when go back after you finish the novel and read it once over…make note of gaps and things that make no sense and fix as necessary. Then read it again and continue the cycle.

What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?

A typical day for me is to wake up, get the house in order, eat some breakfast, talk to the publishing company, check emails from readers/fans and whomever else, check my social media accounts, network with other authors, continue writing and etc.

That’s typically how my day goes.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start writing sooner. Reality is what you make of it, not what you think you’re expected to do.

What do you love about writing romance?

Love is the most powerful force on earth these days. It’s the motivation behind good and evil. We do everything and anything because we want acceptance and to be wanted/loved.

What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? 

The small things people do for one another. The looks we give, the motivations behind our actions, our actions etc.

Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?

Yes of course. I love both the good and bad ones. The bad ones especially. A lot of times the bad ones are due to readers not liking the attitude of a character. If they are influenced that much…then I did my job.

What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?

That I actually had a fan. I still can’t believe that I impacted someone out there in the world.

 

Tell us about your most recent (or upcoming) release!

My upcoming release is Twelve Weeks (Book Two) of the Serendipity Series. Book One [Left] was released a long time ago, months in fact. I have readers that have been dying to see the story continue.

 

[Robin’s latest book, Southern Riders (Scars Book 1),  released on August 12th, 2017. It’s the one on the right and like all of her books, it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited!]

 


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Five Facts Just for Fun!

1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?

90s? I love all music…sorry lol

2. What was the last gift you gave someone?

A trip to Portland

3. What were you like as a kid?

Imaginative, Quirky, Odd

4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?

Sons of Anarchy. It was sad…the series finale. Just finished it 2 days ago. Fun fact – it was the inspiration behind my MC book Southern Riders.

5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?

My freedom. I love the fact that I can do anything that I want when I want it.


Thank you so much, Robin!  I had a great time getting to know you!

~Alicia


SOUTHERN RIDERS

Scars Book One

AMAZON

I needed to go…the heat was getting too hot to handle.

JESSIE

Mysterious, rugged and hot as hell.
Daryl may be quiet and suspect,
However, I know there’s more under the surface.

He has no idea how persistent I am when it comes to fact finding.
I am not someone who needs rescuing; I am not a helpless little girl.

Even though his hot body makes me melt…
He is too close to his brother, a man I am trying to catch.

DARYL

She is opinionated, sexy and very determined,
She came into town like thunder.
She has a past; I do too.
However, Jessie does not know whom she is messing with.

She can hunt my brother Wyatt, all she wants,
But he is the leader of the Southern Rider.
They always get what THEY want.
I do not want to have to choose between
having her and my brother.

I am drawn to her: ALL THE DAMN TIME
I need to stop her before she gets hurt,
however, she will not let me; she does not need protecting,
however, I will do whatever I can to keep her safe.

AMAZON

FREE with Kindle Unlimited!


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