GET LOST WITH THE INCOMPARABLE ROBIN D. OWENS
What's not to love about an author with so much Heart? Robin D. Owens is the author of twelve Heart series Paranormal Futuristic romances from Berkley Sensation. She has five books in the Summoning series and two in the Mystic Circle series from Luna Books, and of course in her free time she writes anthologies, teaches and inspires writers. Please welcome, Robin D. Owens to Get Lost in a Story.
Robin EXCERPTS at: http://www.robindowens.com/reads/reads.htm
Heart Change, 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery Suspense Best of the Best, e.g. the Overall Winner of the Published Contest.
DONNELL: Robin it's an honor... Now let's get to work:). The beach or the mountains?
ROBIN: Ooooh. This is HARD. I live in the mountains but I've been attending a beach retreat for five years. But, actually, I would say The Forest.
DONNELL: Okay, I admit, the above was a trick question because I know how much you love your beach retreat. And you still stumped me. The Forest. Of course ;) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
ROBIN: Also difficult. I think, like "true love" there is a "right" place for everyone. I'm not sure that I've found mine yet and all my family and most of my friends live in Colorado.
DONNELL: Cat or dog person?
ROBIN: I've had both and I use both, as well as foxes, as Familiar Companies in my "Heart" series. Actually, I'm sure the cat with attitude (redundant) sold that book. Zanth is still a favorite with my fans,though I've written. . .um. . .many. . .since then. Cats have allowed me to live in their house for years.
DONNELL: What makes you happy? What turns you off?
ROBIN: Happy. A good writing day. Spending time with my friends and family. Traveling. Sleeping. Reading a good story.
Turn off: Mean people.
DONNELL: What's in your refrigerator right now?
ROBIN: Oops. It's at the end of a long haul of writing and the fridge isn't stocked, but OJ, spinach, mushrooms, turkey breast (that needs to be tossed, why do I always think I will eat it?), two sorts of cheese, eggs, soda that someone brought in December and I don't drink and need to dispose of, left over sesame chicken.
DONNELL: If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?
ROBIN: This supposes that the future would be good and easy to travel to and back. I have questions about history and the past -- any person who contemplates it does. It would depend how long I would have to stay in the past. I don't think I could live without hot baths and toilets for very long. So I am completely equivocal about this question.
DONNELL: Do you read you reviews?
ROBIN: Ouch. Yes, I make that mistake, usually when I'm down, which is even worse because it's hard to pull yourself out of a spiral into depression. Regarding reviews: Bad reviews will always reinforce your self-doubt. Good reviews are like drugs, you need more, and more glowing, and with increased frequency, all the time. The rock bottom validation that a writer can have is that s/he has written the absolute best book s/he could with the resources s/he had.
DONNELL: If you could interview any person in the world, and it doesn't have to be a writer, who would it be?
ROBIN: I think I will stick with a writer. J.K. Rowling.
DONNELL: What is the number one thing you've achieved as a result of your writing?
ROBIN: Entertaining people. There are awards, etc. But knowing that I entertained people--took them away from their daily struggles, like other writers take me away--is the most important thing in my book. :)
Great answers, Robin. Now we've come to the phase of Get Lost in a Story where a crew member asks, and the author's gotta answer. Here's mine for you.
DONNELL ASKS, ROBIN'S GOTTA ANSWER: I understand you're in deadline hell. How clean is your house and how much sleep are you getting these days?
ROBIN: Eeek. The house is NOT clean. I've started the dishes, ok? The vacuum is around here under the dust somewhere. I live alone so no one guilts me to clean. Well, I have two cats. One has long hair. Neither of them lift a paw to help. Sleep? I've been getting about six hours. I need seven. Lack of sleep isn't usually a problem with me, it's the darn unpleasant dreams in deadline hell that wear me down.
Thanks for sharing that. Now here's your chance to get even.
Readers, Robin wants you to answer this question: How many of you are buying your favorite authors on ebooks? I'm thinking of writing a few novellas that fit into my worlds and self-publishing them to Amazon, etc. Is this something you'd like to see from your favorite authors?
Readers: Today one lucky person will receive ENCHANTED NO MORE by Robin D. Owens, and don't forget, she's participating in the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research where she's auctioning off an Advanced Reader Copy of Heart Search as well as a critique!
Join us tomorrow, Friday May 27th, as I host Debut Author Michelle Diener!