My dear fellow book lovers, joining us today is a very talented new Romance Mystery writer.
Please welcome Robin DeJarnett, author of a passionate and steaming-hot novel, Whirlwind!
RD: Robin DeJarnett
E: Welcome to Bookish Robin! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
RD: I'm happy to be here, thank you for inviting me to Bookish.
I suppose first and foremost, I'm a mom, which means I wear a lot of hats on any given day. My two teen-aged kids keep me and my husband of twenty years on our toes! As a writer, I'm relatively new. I didn't really attempt creative writing on a serious level until a few years ago. An engineer by training, I wasn't really encouraged to write a lot of fiction for many years, so it was a long time before I discovered my love of writing. I haven't looked back since.
E: Who or what inspired you to write Whirlwind?
RD: The initial "inspiration" for Whirlwind was a challenge by my good friend, Elizabeth, to write a steamy sex scene. Almost all my amateur writing was YA, but she urged me to try something a little more adult. Just one scene...
Well, in order to write that one scene, I had to work up to it. I needed to understand why the couple was together, how they'd met, what the attraction was. As I was working up the guts to actually attempt the project, I stumbled across the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the idea to incorporate a wedding into the mix was born. The suspense element (the murder) reared its head not long after that.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
RD: The first draft took about 8 weeks to write. While that sounds fast, the editing and revisions took a lot longer, though, and included major rewrites of several chapters.
E: Which of your characters do you feel is most like you? Are any of the scenes or character based on events and people in your own life?
RD: Of course there's a lot of me in Melissa - but it's adult-aged me, not college me. Melissa is much more confident at 21 than I was. Other than that, none of the characters are based on specific people. They're all fictional. Are there traits from people I've met or know in some of them? Probably. But that's not intentional.
E: Whirlwind has a very beautiful and eye-catching cover! Did you have any input in it?
RD: Isn't it great? I provided some ideas to the art department about incorporating the wedding aspect with the murder theme, but it was Coreen Montagna that came up with the cover. I now carry crime scene tape with me when I do book signings!
E: What's next in line for you, are you working on a new book now?
RD: I'm currently working on the sequel to Whirlwind, tentatively titled Quicksand. I recently took a little break from that project to write a short story - a paranormal romance - that'll be coming out in July. You'll hear more about that exciting project next month.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
RD: I read a variety of romance: contemporary, suspense, and paranormal. I also love mysteries, YA, and literary fiction. I'm currently reading Water for Elephants.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
RD: That's tough, mostly because my favorites change from day to day. The Hunger Games is one I recommend, for older teens and adults. If you like mysteries, an author I love is Heather Webber. Her Nina Quinn series is a lot of fun with some great characters. For sweeter romance, Janet Evanovich's numbers series is good, and if you like it hot and spicy, JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood will keep you warm.
E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing ritual?
RD: I'm still working on a writing ritual. I like to write at my dining room table, with my fountain just outside the window. Mornings are my most productive time.
E: What advice would you give to writers who are interested in writing Romantic Suspense novels?
RD: Read. And not just in your genre. A romantic suspense is a combination of a romance (a love story) and a suspense (a little mystery mixed with some kind of chase/hunt). But the art of description and dialog can be found in any genre, so read everything.
E: What are your biggest pet peeves?
RD: I guess I'm in a pretty good mood - I can't think of any!
E: Tell us five random facts about yourself.
1. I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering.
2. I learned to type using two spaces after a period, and I still do it (one is industry standard). I have to do a search and replace before I submit any manuscript for editing!
3. I love strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar. (Try it - it's great!)
4. I was born in Arizona.
5. My entire family plays musical instruments or sings except me. I play an iPod.
- white or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate, actually.- coffee or tea? Tea. I can't stand coffee.- favorite fictional character? Bugs Bunny- favorite movie? The Princess Bride (followed closely by Bull Durham)- favorite song? Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor- favorite TV show? Leverage- Spring or Autumn? Spring- printed copy or eBook? both- favorite hokey team? the San Jose Sharks!
Robin, thank you so much for joining us today!
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next books!
I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Robin and her books, please visit her website: Robin DeJarnett or/and read my review of Whirlwind.
If you're wondering where to get Whirlwind, here are the links:
*Barnes and Noble
And now, for the GIVEAWAY!!!
Robin generously provided us with an eBook copy of her wonderful book, Whirlwind!
Giveaway ends on Monday, May 30th and is open to everyone!
All you have to do to Enter is be a GFC follower of my blog and fill out the form below.
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The winner will be picked with Random.org and emailed by Robin!
Thanks Robin! And good luck everyone :)