Were you meant to become a writer?
I wrote as a child, then bits and pieces as an adult, and finally when
a serious relationship crashed I decided to do something for myself
and I took a writing course from Cassie Miles. I then began seriously
When did you come up with the idea for your first book?
my first published book, is my fourth completed manuscript, but I’ll
answer for that one. I actually got (and often get) the idea for this
book from a physical object, namely a bloodstone pendulum. The pendulum
transmuted into runes in HeartMate as being more “manly”.
Since I had my hero, T’Ash throwing the runes as a daily exercise,
I had to make him of a culture where that would be considered a good
thing to do and, again, manly thing to do. I also had him making the
runes and being a jeweller, so I also made him a blacksmith. I’ve
heard the sight of T’Ash in his loincloth at the smithy was a
Any particular reason why you chose the romance genre?
read many genres, but I like the romance because it inherently focuses
on people, and always has a happy ending, an upbeat ending that affirms
love and relationships and family. If we concentrate on love and the
family and making that unit as strong as possible, I believe the world
will be a better place – working from a solid basis up.
Do you need to do a lot of research before you write a book, or do you
work only on fantasy?
that supposes that fantasy doesn’t need research, and of course
it does. A person should know any myths they will be using (elves, unicorns,
vampires), not to mention the sheer world-building of making your world
as complete and as consistent as possible. As for me and my Celta, I
use celtic/welsh names and plant names. The FirstFamilies are based
on the qualities of Celtic astrological signs. I have quite a bit of
Celtic research material (including tarot cards, and herbal tarot cards)
as well as herbal/plant books for naming my characters. I am very strict
with myself in naming. In Heart Thief, I have a spaceship that runs
on nanotechnology, so I did some intense research on that. Since it’s
easy to get lost in research, I do it as I go along.
the new Llandrana series, I am basing my language on French, and doing
research into the Knights Templars.
How long did it take you to create your first book?
say a year, though when you’re unpublished, there’s the
writing and revising and polishing that actually continues until it
sells ;) I think I started HeartMate in 1996 and it sold early in 2001.
Was it easy to get it published?
HeartMate was a big change and new direction for Berkley, a futuristic/fantasy
romance. There was only one publisher actually releasing futuristics
and they rejected HeartMate. I had actually decided to cut down on my
writing time and pursue other things instead in my free time before
How was the reception of this book?
went very well. I worked hard on on-line promotion and placed some ads
and did promo items (teabags and wallet calendars – now I do wallet
calendars for all my books), but word of mouth sold the book –
most especially about the telepathic cat with an attitude. It was different
and people liked it.
Do you find it easy to deal with criticism?
Often no, sometimes yes, but a whole lot easier BEFORE the manuscript
is done and the book is in print. Anything after that I can’t
You are a cat lover. Do you think we humans can learn from them?
think humans can learn from all animals, not just cats. I actually think
humans are better than cats. Cats are supreme egoists. But naturally
they have qualities that humans can learn from, to take life as it is,
to make sure you are heard, to nap in the sun!
Do you consider reader’s comments when you are writing a new book?
especially if I am working on a book that a reader or readers have indicated
they are interested in. Readers can really help add depth to a book,
give an author a fresh slant on something they’ve written.
you for the opportunity to talk about my books. As always, there were
some interesting questions that I hadn’t thought about before
and have helped me with my craft. Blessings, Robin.