Big Contest Announced at the End of the Interview
Robin, can you start us off by telling us a little bit about your background?
Absolutely, Sharon, thank you for having me on your blog. Several years ago, God put inside of me a desire to serve Him. He called. I answered. At first, I thought I was called to be a missionary, but after being overseas for a couple of years, I changed my mind.
Don’t misunderstand me. I loved the meetings, being able to preach, praying with people, seeing salvation on the faces of the new converts, and being available to be there for God’s people 24/7. But, in addition to the beautiful moments, there were also scary situations that I was not prepared for. At times, we found ourselves in life and death situations such as the time the Shah of Iran was about to leave the country and the country was in civil war. We spent some very uneasy times there. We also held meetings in the country of Nepal where it was against the law to convert people to Christianity, and baptizing someone meant death. Those were just two of the places we visited during our years abroad.
Once we were back in the states, we pastored a church in Illinois for several years before moving to Texas, where we now live. My husband is in business, but he still takes yearly trips overseas for ministry. My job is to stay by ‘the stuff’. Stuff like our house, dog, cat, plumbing that needs repair, my job, grown children, and a new grandson.
I am the Special Education Coordinator for the Denton County Juvenile Justice Alternative Program. I work with at-risk teens from the fifth grade through high school, who have been court-ordered to attend our facility or be expelled from school.
To date, my literary works include approximately two hundred articles in magazines, and dozens of stories have been published in various popular collections. One story, “Mom’s Last Laugh,” was re-enacted for a PAX-TV program: “It’s a Miracle.” I have also co-authored three thrillers: The Chase in 2005, The Replacement in 2006, and The Candidate in 2007.
My new, fresh, light romantic series, The Turtle Creek Edition series, is nearly complete. The Christmas Edition 2008 and The Valentine Edition 2009 are the first two books.
In 2010 The Easter Edition and The Harvest Edition will be published. Wildcard is my newest release, and it’s a standalone romantic mystery.
What is Wildcard about?
What would happen if someone secured a microchip that could be manipulated to give his or her candidate the edge to win the next presidential election? Not enough votes for a landslide, but just enough to put their candidate over the top in a decisive win. The Wildcards are a group of maverick agents who want to take over the outcome of the next election for President of the United States. During Ivy Dillon’s last week as a Washington Intern, she and Ms. Geneen Waters, the secretary to the President of the United States, overhear a conversation about voting machines and missing software. Months later Ms. Water’s body is found floating in the Potomac River. FBI Special Agent Ian Serby, who swears he will give his life to protect her, takes Ivy into protective custody. Ian is smart, sexy, and seems to have a hidden agenda all his own. Will Ivy follow her heart and believe what Ian tells her about trying to stop the Wildcards or is he actually a member of the Wildcards?
I would imagine there was a considerable amount of research involved in writing this book. Tell us about your approach to gaining the background knowledge necessary to weave the plot.
If I wasn’t familiar with a location in my novel, then I researched it on the net. The story takes place in several locations: Washington DC, Chicago, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Austin, Texas, and Virginia.
In addition, I bought a book that explained how a person could disappear in America and learn to recreate themselves with a new name and identity. That was important for my heroine, Ivy Dillon. A murder was pinned on her and the only way to remain alive was to become a dead person.
I also studied voting machine problems and voter fraud. It was so much fun weaving in the Egyptian history about the first lady Pharaoh, and the Obelisks she built as ruler.
I’ve been hearing lots of buzz about the movie deal you’ve recently signed for your book The Christmas Edition. This is so exciting! How did it all come about?
I met producer Steven Zambo of Salty Earth Pictures several years ago through a mutual friend. I saw him on Facebook and told him I had a new book series out that he might be interested in reading. Steve emailed back and asked to see the books. I sent them. Several weeks later he emailed saying he would love to produce The Turtle Creek Edition Series, starting with The Christmas Edition. I was pleasantly surprised to see a wonderful article about it on ChristianCinema.com.
Have you started working on the next book in the Turtle Creek Edition series? Any chance you can give us a sneak peek of what’s to come?
The Easter Edition is complete and I have written the first page of The Harvest Edition. The Easter Edition is close to my heart because it deals with losing a loved one that passes away, and then finding ones place in this world after having been a caretaker of that person for so long. However, the story is filled with hope and praise and the promise of being reunited again.
All the books in this series have a tie-in as they all take place in a small Wisconsin town, at a small newspaper, run by a handful of faithful employees. Yet, each story has its own voice and style.
Robin, it’s been a pleasure having you as my guest. Before you go, I have one final question for you. As you know, this is a storytelling blog, and we believe in having a good time. With this in mind, can you tell us what actress is your favorite when it comes to watching a romantic comedy?
My fave is…drum roll…Sandra Bullock.
She’s one of my faves, too!
Okay, contest time is here! Each person that leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing to win Robin’s novel Wildcard. In addition to the Wildcard drawing, there will also be a drawing for people who tweet about the contest. Each person who posts a tweet on Twitter and mentions the contest on my blog will receive an entry to win two of Robin’s books: The Christmas Edition and The Valentine Edition. ***If you post a tweet, be sure to include my username (smball804) so that I am copied on the message. You are welcome to enter by either method and the winner will be announced on May 18th. You can’t win if you don’t try, so step up to the plate and give it a go.
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