4 Feb

Welcome author Selena Robins!

Laura: Hi, Selena. Welcome to my blog. 

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 manequin 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 what 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 that all female/male friendships end in true love? No, however, I do believe that 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 screwups 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, careers that test their loyalty to not only their friendship but their love, they have to work hard at recognizing that love, and maintaining the fun, chemistry, sexual tension and excitement that brought them together in the first place- a unique bonding friendship.

(P.S. I married my best friend, but really, I’m nothing like the heroine as I’m much more reserved and shy).

Laura: There are lots of “shoulds” 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 What one piece of advice would you advise an unpublished author not to follow?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 in a lot 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 fairy? (Okay, I’m sure there is some society out there that claims they have, but I’m talking about the norm.) 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 villains we love to hate: mobsters, high powered, cranky talk shows hosts, crooked judges, etc. If we should only write what we know, then we couldn’t create characters with the aforementioned professions or even delve into writing about fantasy and horror.

I would tell aspiring writers to fire up their imaginations with the emotions they have experienced in life: first crushes, heartbreak, love, even 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 and we’ve all experienced a myriad of emotions in our lives.  Tap into your own emotions, whether they be happiness, fear, phobias, love, heartbreak . . .  whatever the emotion, use it 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?   

I agree characters are the most important element in a novel. From the feedback I ‘ve received, readers enjoy the the heroine’s quirkiness and outrageous antics, but at the same time they 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 on her journey. I’ve received a lot of feedback about the hero’s drool-worthiness, but even more than his good looks, they loved the way he respected the heroine, himself and the people around him. These people are not perfect-they have many flaws- and that what I believe draws the reader in as it allows them to relate and dare 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, supp0rtive 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 brave. We put our work out there and when the rejection or bad review comes in, 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 by their dreams or the characters chattering away in their head. What insprires you to write the stories you create?

Selena: Throughout my life,  even during the difficult times, I’ve alway used my sense  of humor to get me through the highs and lows, and I think that humor comes out in my writing. As for inspiration, I wish I could 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 you write — surround yourself by music, dim lighting, snuggle on the couch, a time of day?

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

Laura:  Are there any other genres you have written?

Selena: Outside of the romance genre, I’ve written childrens’ books under the pen name Maddie Rayan.  I thank my reader group for coming up with that title. 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, loveable and enchanting. She can’t wait to graduate and earn her wings and become a cool teen angel. Although she sometimes makes mistakes, her ingenuity and humor usually get her out of trouble.  Except  this time when it’s gotten her into trouble. Big. trouble. Pippy’s Wish is a fun, inspirational read for all ages that also includes some of Pippy’s favorite receipes.

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 is targeted to be released sometime in February (fingers crossed). Readers can get a glimpse  of the first chapter on my wesbite https://selenarobins.com/Coming_Soon.html

I also have a cookbook that will be released in February. It was created along with seven other authors and is filled with an eclectic array of delicious recipes. I’m also working on a romantic suspense/thriller, yet unnamed, I hope to have finished this year.

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

Laura:  And thank you for coming, Selena.  It’s been fun having you.

Where you can find Selena Robins:

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

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

Twitter: @SelenaRobins

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

Maddie Ryan’s Bloghttp://MaddieRyansCorner.blogspot.ca/

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13 Responses to “”

  1. A. Catherine Noon February 5, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    I love the question, what advice would you advise a newbie NOT to follow. I had an ah-ha! moment when I read that. Good idea!

    Congratulations on the new release, Selena, and congratulations on the new blog, Laura!

    • Author! Author! Laura Kennedy February 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks, Catherine. I hope you make a habit of stopping by my blog. And I completely agree with Selena’s advice about writing about literally everything.

    • Selena Robins Musings February 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      thanks for visiting, Catherine. My motto is, everything you’ve been told to do, just do the opposite.

  2. heidi1820 (@heidi1820) February 5, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    My first visit here. Good luck with your blog Laura, great interview with one class act. Selena puts her heart into perfecting her heros and heroines into sexy, fun, and believable characters. What a Girl Wants is a great read and Pippy’s Wish is adorable. Selena appreciates her readers and her friends and she’s really not that shy. 🙂

    • Author! Author! Laura Kennedy February 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Heidi,

      Selena created great characters when she came up with Maddie and Alex. I’d like to see them again in another novel. And I hope your visit to my blog is the first of many.

      • Selena Robins Musings February 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

        Yes, they do appear in my next novel. They are quite the couple and never fear, Maddie will never really change 100%. She still witty and fun, but she has pulled back on sneaking up on him in the shower. 🙂

    • Selena Robins Musings February 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Now you went and made me blush, Heidi, see how shy I am. Thanks for the kind words and so glad you enjoyed my writing.

  3. Selena Robins Musings February 5, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks again, Laura. Your new digs are looking good. You are so kind to give me a separate page on your blog, I really appreciate it. 🙂

  4. David Edmonds February 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Great interview, Laura. It’s always fascinating to learn what inspires other writers, how they do it and how they, themselves, are like–or unlike–their characters. Also an interesting comment on the write-what-you-know nonsense we often hear from the “experts.” I would add to that to write about what fascinates you. Thanks again, and best wishes with your new blog.

    • Author! Author! Laura Kennedy February 7, 2013 at 12:24 am #

      Thanks, David. It’s great to have a successful writer agree with our questioning the write-what-you-know philosophy. What do the rest of you writers think abouth this?

      David Edmonds is a retired professor and the author of Yankee Autumn in Acadiana, a non-fiction narrative of the Great Texas Overland Expedition through Southwestern Louisiana during the Civil War.

    • Selena Robins Musings February 7, 2013 at 5:10 am #

      Hi, David, thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview as much as I enjoyed answering the questions.

      You’re absolutely right. Write what fascinates you, what you’re passionate about and most of all, write the kind of book that you yourself would put down your hard earned money to buy. If you love it your own book, then there is an audience out there that will like it as well.

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