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Author Spotlight: Robin Andrews

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CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?

RA: I have always loved to read and loved anything English class related in school and I dabbled with writing poetry and short stories in school. But in 2018, I had the opportunity to go to a four-day workshop/book con with many of my favorite authors. One of them sat with me over a couple of glasses of wine and challenged me to โ€œpitchโ€ the book I had rattling around in my head to her. She asked me all the questions and by the time our conversation was done, I believed that I could actually write a book if I put my mind to it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?

RA: The most rewarding is definitely the support that the author community gives to each other. Before my first book was ever published, some of the ‘big name’ romance authors had given me so much advice and support, and they still promote my new releases every time.

The biggest hurdle that I personally have had to overcome is staying on task. I can be part way through a story and another character pops in my head and I immediately want to go write that book instead of finish the one I am working on, lol. I guess I have writer’s ADD.

CJC:  Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?

RA: Bound by Trust, which came out in October, It’s my favorite because it was in a category I never thought I would be able to write or at least not write well. See, it’s gay romance, but a person that I admire very much told me that love is love no matter who the people involved were and challenged me to give it a try. It’s become my highest selling book, and I’ve been told that I ‘got it right’, which meant a lot to me. It’s my favorite because I stepped outside of my usual style and it turned out well.

CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?

RA: Well, if you like gay romance, definitely Bound by Trust, but if not, I would recommend His Christmas Joy. It’s more of a sweet small-town story, with some steamy parts.

CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?

RA: Right now, I would pick my latest, His Christmas Joy– it’s that season after all. I would totally pick the two people who are on the cover, Kevin R Davis and Emilie Beining, because they brought my characters to life beautifully at their photo shoot, but if I have to pick famous actors, I’d go with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts because of their chemistry.

CJC:  For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?

RA: Start- just start. NaNoWriMo or any other month is a great time to sit down and get words on paper. Your first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, just get the ideas out of your head and onto the paper/screen. Then go back and look at it later and adjust as needed. Find people especially other authors and be willing to ask questions and take their advice, not so much about your actual story, but about the process.

CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?

RA: Totally, Jenna Jacob. She’s the one who has shown me who I want to be when it comes to relating to my readers. She’s the one that told me that she would promote the sh*t out of my books, and she totally has and we have become friends over the last few years and I love her writing and her as a person.

CJC: Favorite motto?

RA: You can’t edit a blank page. (Kind of like you can’t steer a parked car.)

CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?

RA: That kind of depends, if I’m just struggling with the story I’m writing, I try to get a page or two into something else. Sometimes it helps if I read something from one of my favorite authors.  But if I just can’t focus on writing, if my mind just isn’t in that space, I give myself a day and just play Red Dead Redemption II or Skyrim and let my mind just not have to think for a while.

CJC:  In one word, how would you describe your writing style?

RA: Contradictory, lol. I am totally a geek when it comes to researching a topic, but otherwise I hate to plan out a plot, I’d rather just wing it.

CJC:  Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?

RA: Well, I currently have seven cover photos lined up, but I’ll pay someone to write my blurb. I sometimes wish I could write faster so I could buy more covers, but blurbs are evil. ๐Ÿ˜‰

CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?

RA: That’s really hard, lol. I have a tattoo with my top three on it and there’s a reason for each. So, here goes (you asked a writer, you get a long answer, lol) Lexi Blake, because she and her PA have given me so many answers to all the ‘how do I find this or that? questions. Sierra Cartwright– she’s the one that sat in that bar with me and helped me figure out who I am and what I write. And, Jenna Jacob because she was not a signing author at that event, she and her husband were just passing by Reno and she stopped in to talk to another author, when she heard that she had a super fan who was dying to meet her, she came and met me, and gave me an autograph and that was the start of the relationship I referred to above. She showed me what I want to act like as an author.

CJC: What is your writing process like?

RA: I am not a morning person, lol. I get up and have my breakfast and just play games on my phone or whatever for a couple of hours. But, then I go to my ‘writing cave’ and usually write until I reach my goal. Generally, I try for 3,000-4,000 words a day. I have dinner with my family and then if I still need words, I go back and write. At the end of the day, if I’ve reached my goal, I unwind with a glass of wine.

CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?

RA: I have a standalone coming out in December/January called Going Too Deep and then I will be starting a whole new series early next year. And, I’ve decided to start writing a few books in a different genre, under a different pen name, so we shall see how that goes.

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?

RA: Mostly just the words that I have on one of my bags. Chart a Course, Find a Way, Live your Dreams. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ


CJC: Thank you so much Robin for taking the time to take part in this interview.

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