Author Interview: Robin Woods

I have a special guest on my blog today. She’s no stranger here, but it’s been a while since I’ve hosted her. Please give a warm welcome to novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series. She’s sharing about her latest projects, giving some author/writer tips, and letting us know a bit more about her life. Enjoy!

IMG_7812About Robin:

     Young adult fiction writer, Robin Woods, was born and raised in San Jose, CA where she earned a BA in English and a MA in Education from local universities. In addition to writing, Robin has been teaching high school English for close to two decades, and also works as a college professor. Her love of working with teenagers and her love of books inspired her to begin writing in the teen genre.
     Robin’s love affair with vampire lore began at age eight when she was mesmerized by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She took advantage of her summers off and traveled all over Europe; she even managed to find herself in one of Vlad Dracul’s castles in Romania. She escaped unharmed.
     When she is not torturing her high school English students or chasing her two small children around, she is sitting in a local coffee shop wondering how vampires like their lattes.

 Q & A

What genre do you consider your books?  The series starts out as Young Adult (YA), but gradually becomes New Adult (NA) as the books progress. Though, I have never listed my novels as NA because there is an expectation that there will be graphic/explicit sex scenes. My novels get dark and definitely have some sizzle, but I keep to the YA “rules.”

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? Chaos!! I work about 50-60 hours a week, at minimum, as an English teacher/college professor and have two children (ages 5 & 8). So my writing schedule is fairly erratic. I do write (almost) every day, though. Sometimes it is only a paragraph or two, but it is important to look at my manuscript each day to keep my head in the story. I am usually having conversations with my characters as I drift off to sleep each night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I need coffee in my hand and music in my ears.

What are your current projects?  I am finishing up The Fallen: Part Two and will begin writing a couple of novellas for a Hollywood producer as soon as I am done. I have been tasked to write stories with the intention that they will be turned into a script. One of them is a fairytale reboot or origin story. That is all that I am allowed to say, but I am excited.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book, The Unintended? I would probably mix up the timeline in the first few chapters and cut some detail to help pick up the pacing. It is a little slow, but I did lay out the world fairly well for a first novel. I think there is a large jump in my writing between my first and second book. The second one, The Nexus, is much faster and sexier than the first.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writing the exposition between major scenes. I usually write key scenes and connect the dots later. Sometimes it is hard to force myself to write those interim scenes. It isn’t nearly as fun as writing something with a high emotional impact—be it action or romance.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

1. Be consistent and write every day—guard that writing time!

2. Research and fact check, even if you are writing a fantasy novel. There is no excuse with the ease of Google.

3. Have your work professionally edited. Period. No arguments. The number one complaint about indie books is the lack of editing, and it is the top reason for being rejected by a large publisher.

4. It is never too early to start building a platform—brand yourself and not your book.

5. Read, read, read—no excuses.

I try to give back to the writing community and blog about the craft and have free resources on my website.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?  Maybe a little; I do almost everything in my head. I have a very organized brain. If you aren’t that way, I do not recommend it. Outlining is a great exploratory and organizational tool.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? I think you have to put yourself in your character’s shoes for the writing to be authentic. I have been known to have tears in my eyes while killing off a character.

I know that you have done some other interviews recently. Do you have a favorite? Yes! I did an interview for The Hammock and want to give a shout out to Claudia Arroyo Valdez (@arroyoclau) for having me. This interview focused on music and writing. I got to show off my saucy side. 😉

THIS OR THAT

 Writing during the night or writing during the day? Night

Writing from home or someplace else? I’m just happy to find time to write!

Weather: Hot or Cold? Cold

Music or Silence? Music

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

The World being taken over by Zombies or Sexy Blood-sucking Vampires? Duh, vampires

eBook or Physical Copy? Hardback (but I usually have both going)

Time travel to the Future or Past? Past

Being able to Fly or become Invisible? Fly

Bookmark or Dog-eared? Post It

Pen or Pencil? Pen (I have a special affection for Sharpies)

Coffee or Tea? Both

Manicure or Pedicure? Pedi!

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website and Blog

Book Descriptions, Samples, and Links to US & UK
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Twitter
Pinterest
Amazon US Page
Goodreads

Robin’s books:

Allure Cover (Small)Unintended CoverTHE NEXUS (Book 2)THE SACRIFICE (Book 3)The Fallen Spine (Book 4)

Book Tour: The Rise of Xosha

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Book Title: The Rise of Xosha

Series:  Legend of Xosha

Author: S. Cu’Anam Policar

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Length: 113 Pages

Cover Art: Jennifer Martinez, Nicole Lutz, & Erin Helfert

Publisher: Satalyte Publishing

Expected Release Date: October 16, 2013

Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

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The last horde of dragons. Forced from their home by the human loving Anjyls now seek a new home.

Danger surrounds them on all sides.

Love, Friendship, Deception, all things they must learn to accept in their life.

Will they survive long enough to build the kingdom the prophecies foretold?

Or will they fall prey to the lies they discover within their own ranks?

One to lead…One to see…One to protect…One to Deceive.

The Rise of Xosha; The story that started the legend.

“Not all allies are friends, not all friends are true, and some enemies will in turn be your greatest allies.”

***ADVISORY***
This book contains mild to moderate violence, the concept of death, and insinuated sexual contact. Not recommended for readers under the age of 16.

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S. Cu’Anam Policar was born in Brooklyn, NY, but now lives in Washington State. A mother of three, she makes time to write, usually late at night.
An avid reader, she not only writes but helps promote other authors with blog tours and reviews of their books.
She is Pagan but respects all religions, and believes everyone should celebrate their similarities and not care about their differences.
When she has the time, she enjoys playing video games, horseback riding, singing, and writing things other than her Legend of Xosha Series.
She absolutely loves to make new friends so don’t be afraid to come by and hi on Facebook!

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Allure, by Robin Woods, is now available!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that Allure by Robin Woods was released this week! Be sure to check out her book (there’s a special widget she created, so you can preview her book). OR…take my word that it’s an awesome read and you’ll definitely want to add it to your library. Check out all the links below and have a happy Sunday!

Hugs, peace, and love…

-Tamar

Allure on Amazon: http://amzn.to/16vCUVJ

Allure on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/14K78PO

Preview Allure by clicking HERE

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Adelheid Book Blast Event

Written All Over Her
By Mia Darien
Book Four in the Welcome to Adelheid series
 
Published: May 27, 2013

One word can change the story of your life forever. 

Abduction. Torture. Surrender.

Eleven months from her adolescence have framed thirty-one years of Detective Nykk Marlowe’s life. Despite the trauma of her past, and the unique physical scars it left her with, she’s built a career as a detective for the Adelheid Police Department. Her personal life might only consist of caring for her sister and a pet rabbit, but she accepts that.

She accepts that she’ll never be able to be like “normal” people, even the supernatural ones. As long as she can keep the past where it belongs, she’s okay. But when the body of a teenage girl shows up with the same scars that Nykk sees in the mirror every day, her “okay” life gets turned upside down and she’s forced to confront the past she’s been looking away from for sixteen years.

And when it turns out there’s already more than one victim, the pressure’s on to stop the killer before any more girls are tortured, mutilated, and murdered.

“…This installment of the Adelheid series is dark, creepy, and extremely well written…”
 
“…Another winner from Mia Darien. It’s impossible for me to NOT fall in love with Darien’s carefully crafted protagonists…”
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Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn’t miss the snow.

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