Tell us about your book(s)!
I write what I love to read; sinfully sexy adventures with a hint of humor. The Heart of a Duke, the regency anthology I've written with Samantha Grace, Aileen Fish, Olivia Kelly, and Christi Caldwell came out Feb 3rd! I would love to share the story with your readers. A gypsy fortune teller, five determined young ladies, and an enchanted locket guaranteed to win the heart of a duke. My heroine Alison is science-minded, so she doesn't want to believe in the supposedly magical pendant. However, when her father gives her an ultimatum--choose a man to marry or he will choose one for her--the one man she truly wants isn't even offering. In desperation, she wears the necklace, shoves aside her fears and reservations, and puts her faith in fate.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Well, the jittery yet loving and fun character of Sookie from Gilmore Girls was her inspiration, so it would be fitting to have Michelle McCarthy play her. :D
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I have three tricks. The first thing I do is read. Sometimes my muse just needs a refill, and that will do it. The second thing I do is read books on writing and articles about craft. This will often get me thinking of my story in a new way. The final thing, and definite last resort, is I go back and delete everything they’ve done since their last major decision and gently encourage them to take another route. I rarely have to be that extreme though.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Don’t read them. But since that is a highly unrealistic philosophy, my practical one goes something like this: hope for the good, learn from the bad, and try not to take either too personally.
How do you relax?
I love to snuggle my kids and hubby, write, or read a good book. If I can somehow combine those, all the better. :D
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.
What is your favorite book?
Tough question, but I really love humor, so maybe Odd Thomas, Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or The Secret Diary of Miss Miranda Cheevers. I love dark adventures as well. I've recently read The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, and I loved it.
Who is your favorite author?
This is almost impossible because there are just too many really great writers throughout time and in all those genres. I mean, how would I choose between Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams, Julia Quinn, and all the other fantastic writers out there whose styles are so different? If that sounds like an evasion, well ... What in the world could that be? A land war in Asia? A Sicilian? A Princess? Oh, nothing? Well, let’s move along then. ;)
What is your favorite movie?
Wow, these questions are hard. I’d have to say that I love the romances. Bridget Jones, The Mummy (the version with Brendan Frasier) and Silver Linings Playlist <3. I also love Arsenic and Old Lace, Romancing the Stone, Harvey, Rope and so many of those old movies.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
This is another of those “there are so many” questions, and yet the simple answer is NONE! I’d love to talk to Jane Austen about her time and circumstances. I’d love to talk to Ben Franklin because that man was full of wit, and Oscar Wilde for much the same reason, though he had a naughty streak. The sad truth, proven over and over in my life, is that I cannot talk to celebrities. I turn into a bumbling fool. *sigh* So, sadly, I will never be able to sit across from Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, or Ryan Reynolds and stun them with my witty banter.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
Single trips? Not really sure. I did have a job on the road for a year though. Now those were some interesting days. I would tell you about the trip that began with tequila shots alongside human cannonball, Dave ”The Bullet” Smith, and ended with the cops and several pairs of handcuffs, but I’d have to use a memory charm on you.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I wouldn't want to have to obliviate you twice in one blog, so I will avoid the sad tales of my bumbling over celebrities and keep it simple. I poured boiling oil (and I do men boiling) over my own fingers. To make myself feel better, I made it into an experiment on the uses of boiling oil in wartime. You can read about it at Ladyscribes, if you’d like. http://ladyscribes.blogspot.com/2013/10/efficacy-of-boiling-oil-as-weapon-by.html
Lighting Round: Oh boy! Are the questions harder and the points worth double? I’m nervous. White wine or red?
Pass! I mean none. I live in the wine country, but the only wine I can drink tastes like juice (or so complains my husband.) Coffee or tea?
Coffee! Give me Starbucks, or give me . . . Sorry, I can’t think. I need my Starbucks. Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery?
I’d love to order, but my son recently went gluten/casein/soy/almond free and corn light. That means we have to stay home and eat air flavored with oregano. Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate. Yum. Pancakes or eggs?
Both, thanks! Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early. It’s the only way I get to write without kids in the room. Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop. It’s just easier to take with me to Starbucks. ;D
Robin is offering a copy of her story, The Heart of a Duke to one commenter. Please tell me what prophecy you would like to get from a gypsy fortune teller.