Today, we are fortunate to have Golden Heart winner and new author Robin Kaye visiting.
Welcome to The Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers Blog, Robin. I am so thrilled to have you here.
Before we begin, I have to come clean with the readers. I know Robin and I adore her!
When I first began writing, I went to the 2006 conference put on by Space Coast Authors of Romance in
So without further ado, Here's Robin!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. But it never occurred to me that anyone else would want to read it. I wrote (and still write) because it’s part of who I am.
In 2000, I moved from
I had recently discovered Jane Austen and was doing research online and found an incredible website with Jane Austen Fanfiction. I was amazed at the quality of writing I found there. Before long, I’d started my own story, a modern-day telling of Pride & Prejudice with a twist of Persuasion. I have to admit that after the fourth chapter, I went off on my own. I discovered early it’s a lot more fun to write your own plots. Still, it became very popular on several sites. One of the regency writers, a professor at
Are you a fulltime writer, or do you have the dreaded day job?
Both! I’m a full-time writer, but I’m also a stay-at-home mom with three kids. Actually, I doubt I can be called a stay-at-home mom any longer. One of my daughters is a pre-professional ballerina and dances 6 – 7 days a week at a dance school an hour and a half away. I ferry her back and forth four days a week, haunting the local Panera or Starbucks while she’s dancing—that alone is a full-time job. I home school her as well. Luckily, she spends three days a week with a host family so I get a little bit of a break and actually get to see my husband and other two children.
What made you want to pursue writing as a career?
I think it was my husband. I know that sounds funny, but he took my writing more seriously than I did almost from the beginning. When I was still writing my fanfiction, he told me I was essentially working full-time and taking care of the kids, which in his mind meant I had two full-time jobs. Since he only had one, he thought it was only fair that he should take over doing the laundry. After he revived me from a dead faint, I figured out that if I wanted to keep him doing the laundry (which was the bane of my existence) I’d better start taking this writing thing seriously. LOL It’s a sad story, but basically true.
So you exchanged the laundry for writing? You got the best end of that deal!
What authors do you read? Who inspires you?
I read everything I can get my hands on. I love all kinds of writing. Growing up I read my dad’s books, Robert Ludlum, Sydney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, Wilbur Smith. I got interested in studying law and read everything by Louis Nizer, Reflections without Mirrors: An Autobiography of the Mind made a huge impression on me growing up. I think I was about 13 when I read it.
I’ve only been reading romance since about 2001. I read Jenny Crusie’s Fast Women and was hooked, after I read her entire backlist I started reading Susan Donavan, Donna Kauffman, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Maureen Child, Susan Mallery, and Nora Roberts just to name a few. I think any piece of well-written material is an inspiration. Heck, I recently read an obituary that was inspiring; I guess it’s all in how you look at things.
Do you ever use any of your everyday life as fodder for your books?
Oh God, yes! Rosalie, my heroine’s in Romeo, Romeo has a dog named Dave. Dave was inspired by my dog, Clancy—other than giving her a sex change, Dave is essentially Clancy. I’m from a
I have to admit that I positively swooned during the scene where Nick lifts her sofa to vacuum under it! LOL
Tell us about winning the Golden Heart for Contemporary Romance in 2007 for Romeo, Romeo.
Talk about a shocker . I entered it with the hopes of scoring in the top 50%. I never even entertained the thought of being a finalist. I paid no attention to the date they would announce the finalists, so when I got a call from poor Trish Milburn, I thought it was someone had died. The only people I knew who lived in
The first thing I thought of was oh, God, I have to buy a dress! I tried to talk myself out of it, since really, what
were the chances of me winning and having to get up in front of 2,000 people to accept such a prestigious award? Things like that never happen to me. I’m really not that lucky or that talented. I still think it’s some kind of cosmic joke.
Deb Werksman from Sourcebooks, one of the final GH judges, contacted me when I got to
Romeo, Romeo is your first published book. How many books did you write before Romeo, Romeo?
I’m one of those people everyone hates. Romeo, Romeo was really the first book I wrote toward publication, though my fan-fiction was a tome of 330,000 words and was three complete romances. So it really depends upon how you want to look at it. You can consider Romeo, Romeo to be my first, or my fourth.
Tell us a little more about the plot for Romeo, Romeo.
Romeo, Romeo is about an independent businesswoman, Rosalie Ronaldi who’s life would be perfect if she could just figure out how to keep her nosy, pushy, Italian family from trying to marry her off.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m writing Becoming Mr. Perfect, the third book in my Domestic Gods series. It’s Rich Ronaldi’s book and I’m having a great time writing it. It’s a really fun book to work on.
Do you have another book scheduled to be released in 2009?
Yes, Too Hot To Handle will be released in May.
What is Too Hot To Handle about?
Dr. Mike Flynn’s single mom taught him early how to cook and clean and there’s nothing like vacuuming or doing dishes to help a guy relax. Annabelle Ronaldi doesn’t have a domestic bone in her body. Since her fiancé’s death, she can’t paint and her life looks hopeless.
Until the day after her sister’s wedding, when she wakes up with Mike next to her in bed, and then she’s really beside herself- because the handsome stranger is a dead ringer for her dead fiancé.
After their mind-blowing one night stand, Mike is sure this is the woman he wants to take care of forever, but she acts like she’s seen a ghost. While Mike sets to work wooing Annabelle, she sets to work sniffing out the truth of the convoluted family secret that turns everybody’s lives upside down.
What advice do you have for other aspiring writers?
I can only say what helped me. I entered contests. I targeted agents, editors, and publishing houses, and only entered the contests they were judging. I received several requests from doing that. Then I entered the Gold Heart and was lucky enough to sell to one of the final judges.
The other thing I suggest is to go to conferences and don’t sit with your friends all the time. Meet people and talk to everyone. Put yourself out there and remember that you are always “on.” I’ve found myself talking to a total stranger and then after a half-hour realized he or she was an agent, editor or a writer I loved. Chit-chatting has gotten me requests from agents, editors and it even got me a cover quote.
Thank you for visiting today, Robin.
If you have questions for Robin, post them in the comments section.
I am fortunate enough to have read Romeo, Romeo and truly loved it. Robin is giving away one autographed copy of Romeo, Romeo to one of our lucky backbloggers. If you don't win the free copy, please do yourself a favor and get this book...but only if you want a delightful romance. Be warned... you WILL fall in love with Nick!
The winner's name will be posted on Friday, December 12. Come back then when I have an interview with best selling Harlequin Intrigue author, Elle James.
UPDATE - DECEMBER 17, 2008
Due to internet problems, I was unable to post the winner of the Robin Kaye book until. A note has been sent to "M" as the winner. If I do not hear from her by Friday, December 19, I will contact a runner up. Thank you again to everyone who visited.