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Welcome author Selena Robins!

29 Jan

What A Girl Wants 72 WEB

Laura:  What’s your latest novel and what’s it about?

Selena: Hi, Laura, thank you for introducing my work to your blog and readers.

My current release is What a Girl Wants. It’s contemporary romance for readers who enjoy a tropical setting (Hawaii) a  lot of spice, comedy, sexual innuendo, witty repartee, unexpected twists, sensual lovemaking scenes, and a splash of mystery in their books.

The heroine’s (Maddie) business is mischief….the hero’s (Alex) business is singe-the-eyebrows off a mannequin sex appeal and keeping secrets—together their businesses are booming—together they’re trouble—together they never expected their lives would spiral out of control and on a different path than they’d ever imagined.

Laura: What was your inspiration for What A Girl Wants?

Selena: The friends-to-lovers storyline has always been a favorite of mine. Do I think all female/male friendships end in true love? No. However, I do believe a strong friendship which has an underlying sexual attraction that both people ignore for whatever reason can be the foundation for a rich-long-lasting love affair (marriage). Even with all the screw-ups and internal conflicts they have to encounter along their emotional roller coaster ride. I love the idea that even with all the baggage, personal demons, and careers that test their loyalty, they have to work at recognizing their love, and maintaining the fun, chemistry, sexual tension and excitement that brought them together in the first place.

Laura: There are lots of “should’s” and “have to’s” in this business. What one piece of advice would you advise an unpublished author NOT to follow?

Selena: I highly recommend writers don’t follow the “Write what you know” advice” I’ve read this advice for writers in a lot of places, and in my opinion, it’s one that cannot possibly be followed and can stunt a writer’s learning curve and growth.

Has anyone actually met a vampire, angel or a fairy?  The same goes for heroes we love to read and write about such as police, firemen, and Navy Seals. We love to write about them, but most of us haven’t been in these professions. The same goes for the villains we love to hate; mobsters, high-powered cranky talk show hosts, crooked judges, etc. If we “should” only write what we know, then we couldn’t write about these characters or delve into writing about fantasy and horror.

I would tell aspiring writers to fire up their imaginations with the emotions they’ve experienced in life: first crushes, heartbreak, love, hate, losses, gains, thrill of that first job, the kick in the gut when you’ve been fired or betrayed. Emotion is what develops great characters. Tap into your own emotions– happiness, fear, phobias, love, heartbreak –and use them to develop your characters and advance your story.

Laura: Character development is crucial to a good book.  What do you think readers would most enjoy about your characters in What A Girl Wants? 

Selena: I agree characters are the most important elements of a novel. From the feedback I’ve received, readers enjoy the heroine’s quirkiness and outrageousness, but at the same time appreciate her intelligence, passion and loyalty. They loved her interaction not only with the hero, but with her girlfriend, her mother, and the  people she meets in her journey. I also received a lot of feedback about the hero’s drool-worthiness, but even more than his good looks, they said they loved the way he respected the heroine, himself and the people around him. These characters have many flaws, and that’s what I believe makes my readers relate.  It also allows them to dare to dream that maybe they can take life by the reins and go after what they want. 

Laura: Who has been the person or persons who have supported you?  How important is the support of others in the writing process? 

Selena: My husband is my biggest fan and cheerleader. I’ve also been blessed with supportive family, friends (both online and in “real” life), other writers who are also good friends and most of all the readers who not only embrace the romance genre, but are enthusiastic, supportive and eager to let a writer know how much they enjoy her work. I’m grateful for all of them. Support is crucial when pursuing a writing career or any art form for that matter. Creative people are highly sensitive and emotional, and also brave. We put our work out there and when the rejections come in or a bad review, we need to have a support system to listen to our rants and of course supply the red wine and chocolate. 

Laura: Many writers say they are inspired to write by their dreams or the characters chattering away in their head. What inspires you to write the stories you create?  

Selena: Throughout my life, even during the difficult times, I’ve always used my sense of humor to get me through the highs and lows we all face, and I think that humor comes out in my writing. As for inspiration, I wish I could give say something deeply profound that people will Twitter and use as a quote, but I really don’t know. I love books, I love the written word and I love people watching and storytelling. I guess those are all inspirations.

Laura: Do you have a method by which your write?  Surrounded by music, dim lighting, snuggled on the couch, time of day, etc.  

Selena: I’m a morning person, so I do my best writing in the morning. Again, I wish I could conjure up a great visual of soft music and lighting, burrowed away in a log cabin, surrounded by deer grazing in a beautiful forest. However, that’s not the case. I do however, like to light a fire in the winter months and in the summer sit outside to write.

Are there any other genres you have written? 

Selena: Outside of the romance genre, I’ve written children’s books under the pen name Maddie Ryan. I thank my reader group for coming up with that name for me. They’re not only supportive, but if I ask them to help me out with a name, they are right there with wonderful suggestions. The book is called Pippy’s Wish and it’s now available on Amazon.

It’s about an Angel-in-Training, who is quirky, mischievous, lovable and enchanting. She can’t wait to graduate, earn her wings and become a cool teen Angel. Although she sometimes makes mistakes, her ingenuity and humor usually gets out her out of trouble.  Except this time, it’s gotten her INTO trouble. Big trouble.

Pippy’s Wish is a fun, inspirational read for all ages and the book also includes some of Pippy’s favorite recipes.

Laura: What projects are you working on now?   

Selena: I’m in the process of editing my second romance, which is called Decoy In Stilettos and it’s targeted to be released sometime in February (fingers crossed). Readers can get a glimpse of the first chapter on my website here: https://selenarobins.com/Coming_Soon.html

I also have a cookbook that will be released in February. I along with seven other authors have put together a cookbook filled with an eclectic array of delicious recipes.

I’m also working on a romantic suspense/thriller, yet unnamed, and hope to have it finished this year.

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Laura, it’s been a real pleasure and wishing you much success in your publishing journey.

Where you can find Selena Robins: 

Selena’s Webiste: http://SelenaRobins.com/ 

Selena’s Blog: http://SelenaRobinsMusings.com 

Twitter: @SelenaRobins

Maddie Ryan’s Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaddieRyanChildrensAuthor

Maddie Ryan’s Blog: http://MaddieRyansCorner.blogspot.ca/

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