A self-proclaimed movie junkie, Robyn knows more worthless entertainment trivia than anyone has a right to – in fact she’s the reigning champion of name-that-voice-over-on-that-commercial game, which incidentally she plays alone. She lives outside of Austin with her brainy husband and two very spoiled cats.
Her most recent release, Seduce Me, launched her exciting new Legend Hunters series hit stores in August. RT gave it a 4 ½ start TOP PICK and said “Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in this pulse-pounding adventure romance.” You can find Robyn on-line at www.RobynDeHart.com or www.JauntyQuills.com.
Welcome, Robyn DeHart, to BOOKIN' WITH BINGO. SEDUCE ME is a great book.
1. What are you now working on?
I recently turned in book two in the Legend Hunters series (as yet untitled) but will be released in Summer 2010.
2. What have you just finished reading?
I’ve been reading several Silhouette Romantic Suspense’s and loving them. They’re so fast and tight and the writing so vivid and compelling. True page turners!
3. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?
Most definitely Kathleen Woodiwiss’ books. I had always known I wanted to be a writer but until I picked up A Rose in Winter, I didn’t know specifically what I wanted to write. Reading that book was like a magical experience for me, suddenly I knew instinctively what I was meant to do. I think the other author that was instrumental on me as a writer is Jayne Anne Krentz though her Amanda Quick books. Her heroes, while strong and often dark, were never the boorish men you’d get with some other alpha men, hers had senses of humor and skills and always found the heroines vastly entertaining. This spoke to something inside me and I think that’s something that could be said of my own books now.
4. What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or….
Sometimes both, sometimes neither. I’ve never felt like my writing was very organic as I tend to come at this more like a coal miner, you just get in there and do the work and sometimes you have to dig around to find what really matters. Sometimes my ideas need to be manufactured, meaning I spend a lot of time with my critique partners (as well as my agent and editor) brainstorming and hammering out the idea. Often though I’d say that my ideas start with a kernel of a character in a specific situation.
5. What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
My educational background is in social deviance and I know more about serial killers than most people are comfortable with. I think cats are the coolest animals in the world and believe everyone should experience being a cat owner at some point in their life. I love all things shiny (my dad compares me to a fish in this regard) and would wear glitter everyday if I could. My fingernails are always painted (usually with some sparkly color) and I currently have a slight obsession with Yellow Box flip-flops. I love to sing in the car and while I don’t particularly care for overly sad movies or books I have an odd fondness for supremely sad songs.
6. What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
I know it will sound silly, but I would tell people to write. Writing new words and new stories is the only true way to master your craft and to above all, hone and perfect your voice. Making writing a priority, writing with any sort of consistency can be one of the more challenging aspects of writing. But in doing so you inadvertently master other areas. Because the more you write the better of a writer you become. I’d also recommend reading anything and everything on the craft of writing. I’m a total craft junkie and I still buy writing books to work on certain elements of my craft. Writing, because it’s so personal, is always changing and growing and its important to always push yourself and challenge yourself to be the best writer possible. Remember its your name on the cover, so the content falls on your shoulders.
7. What is something you would like to share with us about writing your favorite genre in general?
I love writing romance, it’s my very favorite genre to read and frankly I’m not sure I’d be able to write anything without a love story. Whether the content of the story is comedic or poignant or knuckle-gripping, at the core of one of my books you’ll always find a romance. I think romance certainly presents its own unique challenges since in addition to all the other elements you have to balance you have to seamlessly weave romance in. The plot must push and pull your characters, always challenging them with their internal issues and the romance and how they’re going to have to grow and change if they want to achieve their happy ending. What can be more wonderful than the enduring power of love? I so adore my job!
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