Melinda Heads West, was just released in October. Hi Robyn, tell us about your book.
Melinda Heads West is the story of a young woman traveling west in 1880 to pick up a family deed. When the stage coach breaks down, Mindy and her six male companions are forced to walk the remaining thirty-five miles to their destination. That would be enough to try anyone's patience, but then the company is set upon by thieves and murderers, and the stakes are raised.
Fortunately, Mindy makes the close acquaintance of two “gentlemen,” who try to help her through these dangers.
When the chance for marriage interrupts her once boring life, Mindy must make a decision: settle for safe or go for love?
Galen: What was the inspiration for Melinda Heads West?
Robyn: In the summer of 2011, I had a chance to participate in a flash fiction contest that included a required list of western words. I created an entry, but felt it didn’t meet the criteria for flash fiction, so I didn’t enter it into the contest. I kept coming back to it ‘cause I liked it a lot. I ended up adding more chapters, and it became the beginning of Melinda Heads West. *smile*
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Robyn: “Looking high overhead, where the faint streaks of dawn could be seen over the buildings surrounding hers, Ama could see the impression of colors in the light and knew somewhere, someone experienced the full, breathtaking dawn in its glory.” – from Ama, my WIP
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Robyn: I have read SO many romance novels. I suppose that when I decided to write, it’s what I gravitated to naturally. I love love! *smile*
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Robyn: No, but I remember reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower many years ago! That’s probably the oldest book I can remember reading.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Robyn: I’m a pantzer who usually has a rough idea plotted out in my mind. I always tell my beta readers that I’m as excited to find out what happens as they are!
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Robyn: The Bible, The Grapes of Wrath, and I Do, I Do, I Do by Maggie Osborne
Galen: Name two blogs you read every day.
Robyn: I can’t do it. My day is too unpredictable!
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Robyn: I have a wonderful library in my home. It has floor-to-ceiling mahogany shelves filled with my favorite books. My desk is in one corner. To my right is my collection of Titanic memorabilia and to my left is my collection of writing books and resources. My desk is a mess. It’s got a half-eaten bag of raw almonds, random pieces of jewelry that I took off and left where they landed, nail polish, pens, pencils, notecards and my all-important notebook that I work from. And of course, my computer!
Galen: Wow, the library sounds beautiful! Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Robyn: oooOoooo… Ireland, maybe. I’ve got a list, but Ireland, first.
Galen: Ireland tops my list too! If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Robyn: I’ve always been in sales. If I wasn’t writing, I would definitely be doing something in sales. I love it!
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Robyn: That’s a great question. Reading, I guess. But I love anything crafty. And I adore photography. When I’m writing and get stuck, I stop for a while and play Solitaire on my iPhone.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Robyn: The best part of being a writer…Hmmm… I think it’s when people really get caught up in my stories. That’s absolutely amazing! The worst part is… the business end of writing. When you get to those parts that just won’t come and you have to sweat it out. And then when the book is released, praying for readers and reviewers!
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Robyn: Wow. I’ve received so much great advice. To watch my active/passive voice, to get on Twitter…Learning to write flash fiction was a great help for my writing career. It helped me cut down on excess verbage and learn to streamline the story.
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