Monday, April 21, 2014

Author Interview: Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander
author, Matter of Choice

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would youmost likely want to go? 

Walt Disney World, or Australia / New Zealand. Walt Disney World, because I’m totally a Disney freak – I love it there. And traveling to Australia / New Zealand has been a dream of mine for nearly as long as I can remember.

What is your favorite genre to write? 

Sweet romance – I love the flirting and pure romance of it. The way a man treasures the woman he’s in love with, sweeps her off her feet, cherishes and protects her. The kind of stuff that makes a heart melt. I also like paranormal – because it’s less constrained by rules and reality. I like the fantasy in it.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m all over the board with what I read. I love romances, of course, but also thrillers, some paranormal, mysteries. Whatever keeps me reading when I really should be getting some sleep.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well? 

Like I said, I love romance, true romance. The sex – everyone experiences that in their lifetime, good, bad or otherwise. But true romance is a bit more rare, and much more special. And no, I don’t do steamy. For me, that part of a relationship doesn’t need to be spelled out in gritty detail for the love between a couple to felt by the reader.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

Well, next on my list is another sweet romance about finding love when it’s right in front of you. Sometimes, those are the hardest to see. I also am tentatively planning on releasing the first book in a sweet paranormal romance that blurs into a bit of sci-fi. I’m hoping to release them both this June.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer? The reviews. Easily. The bad ones hurt, and you have to work past them because they will always be there. But it’s the good ones, the ones where people say they couldn’t put down your book, that make the journey worthwhile. To know you’re writing touched someone, made them feel, that’s just awesome.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

Bits and pieces leak into the writing. I don’t try – I’m a bit of a private person – but it does anyway. My love for nature, animals, orange juice, little things that’ll show up. The bigger stuff, experiences I’ve lived through, show up too in unexpected ways, but I won’t share what they are.

Where do your ideas come from? 

Dreams, mostly. *laughs* My dreams are sometimes really off the wall. I wake up the next morning, write the scene down, and connect the dots later.

Please share about your book

Matter of Choice is the story of Shannon Winters. Her husband was in a serious car accident and doesn’t remember he’s married. While he’s running around, Shannon remains on the sidelines of her shattered marriage, fighting to stay true to her vows. Then comes in Triston Keyes, the high school sweetheart that broke her heart. She starts to question everything – her vows, her feelings for Triston, the way her life is. Difficult decisions have to made, and she has to accept what those decisions will mean for her.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? 

Loyal, committed, confused, professional, fighter

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? 

Shannon is a strong woman, professional, intelligent, devoted. She doesn’t easily give up on people, even when they are hurting her. She wants to believe the best about them, and knows decisions can’t always be made based on feelings. Triston is a passionate guy, but he’s been trying to be something he’s not all his life. Now he knows it was a mistake, and he wants to make amends. He’s fun-loving, loves old architecture, and a go-getter.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

I liked Shannon, but Triston was probably my favorite one to write. He’s got such a great sense of humor, and he adores Shannon so much. More often than not, I was smiling while I was writing his parts in the book.

Find out more about Robin....

@Rmalexanderauth

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