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November 02 2014


Meet NY Times Most popular author Robyn Carr. Plus Giveaway


Conversation with Robyn Carr - Romance

 I'm delighted to welcome Robyn Carr. Robyn builds towns, character by character. Her writing is an excellent mixture of women's fiction and romance. I came across Robyn's Grace Valley series in 2005. I returned and searched out every book she'd written compared to that point. I swept up around the Virgin River series; then pre-ordered each new title.

Her first book Chelynne, a historical romance was published in 1978. In 2011 she became an "overnight sensation" each time a Virgin River Christmas hit the brand new York Times Best Seller list. Robyn's designed a home listed ever since. Her latest book, The Homecoming, the sixth book in her own Thunder Point series, arrived on the scene in September, And yes, you have a opportunity to will a copy here.
Thank you for being here, Robyn. I really like firsts, so let me know in regards to the moment once you found you�d made the first sale.

We had just moved to CA and, as always, my hubby needed to leave town so that it was me with two little kids inside a house full of boxes. I didn't know anyone, didn't have any idea my neighbors. There was no RWA however were built with a critique group in TX. We did not have cellular phones or computers, I'd no way to achieve my hubby and long distance would be a per minute charge, something such as ten cents one minute which, back in '78, would be a lot of cash. I did not also have a wine in the home. I designed a number of long distance calls and then I believe I unpacked boxes. But I unpacked boxes using a smile on my small face. The following morning I excitedly told the pre school teacher, alone I knew. The next day after i took my son to pre school, she afflicted me with a cake she'd designed for me the same shape as a wide open book. It said, "Chelynne by Robyn Carr" Her name is Janet and we're still friends even today.

The amount of your actual gets written to your fictional stories? Do you use real people as inspiration to your characters?
As inspiration-yes. Speculate actual characters, no. Real people don�t usually go well in fiction. I take traits and experiences and emotional reactions from people I�ve met or read about and blend them into composite characters. But experiences and components of dialogue from my life sneak in-happily.

What�s probably the most interesting comment you�ve ever gotten from the reader?

Oh, you can�t print it! My readers never get my titles right-they write and have me if I�m going to write any more of those �Virginia River� books. Or they wish to know where Virgin River really is-they intend to move there and obtain a big, studly marine. However the funniest one ever was probably a typo: �Are you going to write anymore of these �Vagina River� books.� Typo or Freudian slip.
 Yes! I enjoy these kinds of slips. I helped The Theatre Guild in New York while Tom Stoppard's play,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was on Broadway. I obtained some very odd requests.. Someone called seeking tickets to LiederKrantz and Camembert. Another called for tickets for that play about the Jewish butchers.
I did so receive an email from your reader who was furious about my bigotry against Cubans. I used to be stunned and confused-I�d never discussed Cubans. I suggested she'd me confused with another man. She wrote back with all the direct quote, complete with page numbers-something about Jack being unable to shower off of the stench of stinky Cubans. It had been cigars! Cuban cigars! I pointed that to her, but she was absolutely determined I had been bigoted in my remarks.
On a more serious side, a man who lost a leg in the war wrote me that he was changed by Paradise Valley, the tale where Rick Sudder lost a leg inside the war and came home a all messed up kid. My reader asserted he realized in the book he was an ass, think it is a magic his wife stayed with him through it, and finally understood how badly he needed counseling, which he would accomplish. I wrote back and asked him how he found it and he said his sister gave it to him-and his sainted wife was most grateful! Bless his heart!!
That's wonderful!
Have you noticed your writer�s voice has evolved over time because of experience? In that case, how?

Undoubtedly I�ve both matured and relaxed. I�ve gained experience in the life and writing and I�ve relaxed into telling stories my way, the way in which is natural to me. Both things help.

As a writer, what kinds of books keep you going? Ever find time to read once you aren't writing your own personal novels?

Someone said every day. Doing work extended stays, in the evening after dinner I read-and I am inspired by everything I read, whether it�s mainstream or non-fiction or some other genre. I've got a particular taste for contemporary romance and women�s fiction. The best authors are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Susan Andersen to name a few. In my reading pleasure I enjoy intelligent, romantic, humorous, sexy novels with strong heroines.
Your characters have issues. All of them. And in that sense, sometimes your books feel a lot more like women�s fiction than romance. Is always that something do purposefully? - Romance

This is what I love about women�s fiction! Every living woman has either faced those issues in her own life or she's a sister, neighbor, friend, co-worker-someone she knows or knows of-who has grappled with women�s issues. The plethora of women�s issues is really wide, it�s infinitesimal. Women�s issues are those problems that challenge a woman�s happiness because they�re women-everything from salaries to mothering to friendship up to the more dramatic and frightening issues of domestic violence, death, assault. We have seen individuals who make positive alterations in their lives for these particular challenges just as we've seen people really screw it up, make such bad choices it nearly (or perhaps absolutely) ruins their lives.
Of course men face the same issues/problems. But people think so differently about things. Men're better at compartmentalizing-they hold the job compartment, the husband compartment, the daddy compartment and so on. They don�t take into consideration how their house lives affect their relationship on the bowling team or their success or problems on the job. With women, it is all totally connected to everything else-their effort is connected to relationships attached to their set goals also to their fears, etc. Even though men need a treatment for one specific issue in a specific compartment, women have a tendency to examine everything that�s taking place within them and around them.
It must be difficult to develop characters and string their life stories through multiple novels. How would you keep everyone straight when you are from book to reserve?
Notebook! Large notebook! Right now, I reside in Virgin River i believe - everyday is much like going home.
Are there any books, romance or other genres, which have greatly influenced you as an author? What exactly are they?
A lot of to count, really. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy was an incredible adventure; The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher was like love a household; The Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips was probably the most fun I've been on a romance series in forever.

Me too!
Robyn's latest series, Thunder Point, is set in a small town around the Oregon Coast. I love these people and also the setting. I might happily have them as neighbors. Her latest book will be the Homecoming:
On the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. An excellent athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he dropped it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. Individuals in his hometown have not forgotten what could have been.
Seth has come to terms using the turns his life has brought. However he's been presented with a chance to return home and show his father-and the people of Thunder Point-he's be a better, humbler version of his former self.
Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also are able to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth have the ability to convince the town, his family and particularly Iris that he's finally able to function as the man that will make sure they are all proud?
And that i possess a copy to give up.
Robyn, thanks a lot if you are here.
I really hope lots of people are likely to look at this post and that i have only one copy of The Homecoming. So as second and third prizes I will be offering Some time and Forever - the publication and the Audio book. Please inform me inside the comments should you only desire to be entered for your Homecoming.If you are already a Robyn reader, who's your preferred hero? Mine is Jack, however it is an extremely tough call.

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