Saturday, May 21, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Robin DeJarnett, author of Whirlwind

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!

E: Evie
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.
Random Questions:

- 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.

For extra entries:
+1 follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+1 be my friends on Goodreads
+5 follow Robin at Twitter HERE
+5 be Robin's fan on Goodreads
+5 leave a comment on this post

The winner will be picked with and emailed by Robin!

Thanks Robin! And good luck everyone :)


Lindsay said...

Great interview...I had not heard of her, but am now following her on Goodreads - looking forward to reading her book!

Evk said...

Robin is a nice writer. Great interview!

Chey said...

Thanks so much for this giveaway! I really love reading interviews. ^_^ My favorite is milk chocolate too. :P

Tiffany Drew said...

This was a great interview. Her "playing" an iPod made me giggle out loud. Thank you for sharing this with us and for the great giveaway. I've been trying to get my hands this book for a while now :)

Dana said...

Great interview! Thanks for asking about the hockey team. I love Canadian reviewers!

Bonnie said...

Excellent interview, I always love reading the 5 random facts (I of course enjoy the other questions too!). Thanks for hosting another great giveaway!

Jennifer Lane said...

I gave Whirlwind a 5 star review, and Robin is a lovely person. Only 8 weeks to write that masterpiece? Wow!

scattered_laura said...

A great interview and a fab giveaway. Thanks! =)

candice said...

Great interview! I was also taught to place two spaces after a period. Once I started using email in college (not papers), I started to use only one.

Thanks for the giveaway!

tellingmelies said...

Robin is an amazing person who I have had the pleasure of meeting multiple times to watch some hockey games together and I can not wait to read this book!

heykiddego said...

Ha! I type with 2 spaces after a period too! I learned that that was the proper way to do it, and can't unlearn it still. :)

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for a very informative interview! What!?!?!? You're not supposed to type two spaces after a period anymore!??!?! Well, that will be one habit I won't be breaking any time soon! ;-)

janhvi said...

great interview!!
thanks for the giveaway!!

Norman Roy said...

I Love Reading Interviews! WOW

Brittany said...

I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book! I'll have to check it out.

Janine said...

Whirlwind seems really interesting..

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