Today, we are privileged to have an interview with author Sarah Robinson, who has several Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestsellers in the romance genre. Recently, I got in touch with Sarah and agreed to have an interview.
Where do you come from and has your city/town/village appeared in your writings so far?
I’m originally from the Washington, DC, area. I have not written many works set in Washington, DC, yet. However, I do have some plans to do so in the future.
You are a prodigious writer! You have written over 20 books and have books coming out every few months, it seems. Do you set targets for yourself, words-wise every day? On average, how many words do you write a day?
I believe I have 21 books published at the moment, and I generally stick to around 2-3 per year. This can seem like more when you add in releases of international translated editions, audio releases, and/or video game releases.
Currently, I’m taking a break from writing to focus on finishing graduate school and my pregnancy. But, generally, I write on a ‘by week’ basis. This means that some days I’ll write 10,000 words and then some days I will write 0 (zero) words. It all depends on how I’m feeling that day, how much time I have in my schedule, and whether or not I’ve stopped procrastinating.
This blogger: You have quite a work ethic. 2-3 books per year? That is an astonishing rate to keep up in my opinion. I don’t blame you for taking a break for the moment. It sounds like a sensible course of action. Nevertheless, I have every faith that once this break is over you will go on from where you took off.
Your books all seem to be in the romance genre, albeit you have written Rockstar romance, sports romance, and erotic romance to name but three types. What made you choose the romance genre and so many of its sub-categories?
I grew up watching my grandmother read a romance novel every day – sometimes more! I would often sneak peeks at her books, and I found that I really loved the genre. It wasn’t a far leap for me to start writing my own. I tend to be a big optimist with a romantic heart, and it’s the perfect fit for me. I do, however, have one non-romance novel that is categorized as women’s fiction titled Every Last Drop. That might be my favorite book I’ve written.
This blogger: That’s really interesting about your grandmother. It seems that you inherited her stamina, albeit for writing books rather than reading them (*winks*). I can totally see why the romance genre fits you like a slipper. That you have written outside the genre merely highlights your talent for the craft of storytelling.
The Kavanagh Legends series, The Photographer Trilogy, and The Forbidden Rockers series, were all bestselling series on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble. Why do you think they were so popular?
Readers enjoyed each of these series for different reasons. But the themes that carried through each of them were very drawing. Kavanagh Legends is all about MMA fighters and a tight-knit Irish family in NYC that people could relate to.
Take The Kavanagh Legends series. What message did you want people to take away from those books? Do you think you achieved it, based upon what you’ve read and heard?
My biggest common message among those books was family. In each book, I emphasize the importance of bonding as a family, supporting one another, and loving each other. I strongly believe people captured that message because reviews often talk about how much they love the complicated family dynamic.
You have a new book coming out next month – Misadventures in the Cage. Could you please tell us a little bit about it?
Misadventures in the Cage is another MMA fighter focused novel. But it is a standalone novel, totally separate from the Kavanagh Legends world. It is an interracial romance that’s meant to bring more diversity to the romance community and highlight an often-ignored population. Also, this novel talks a lot about family, love, and finding who you are meant to be in life.
Which of the characters in any of your novels is the least like you? And why?
I think all of my characters have little pieces of myself in them. It’s pretty hard to pull them apart and say that they’re not at all like me. I’ve written a few villains, so I’d like to think those are not like me!
This blogger: Haha! I’m sure you are not like the villains lol. And I can completely understand that all of the characters you have written have (at least) a little something of you in them. After-all, you wrote them. (*Smiles.*)
In four of my blog pieces, I discuss how to write an emotionally impactful death scene. Which book or on-screen death scene has most impacted you, and has this death influenced any of the deaths in your novels?
I don’t want to give any spoilers about who does/doesn’t die in which of my novels, but I have written a few death scenes. Honestly, the most impactful death scene I wrote was about a dog dying and that was very difficult for me because while it was necessary, it was also incredibly sad. I’m a huge animal lover and I probably mourn more over things happening to animals than to humans.
This blogger: I can tell you that you have not given anything away. You are also the first person I have come across – interviewed or otherwise – that has said that the death of an animal in a story had more of an impact upon you than a character.
If you could give your younger self some advice about the writing process, what would it be?
Slow down. There’s no need to publish a book every month, or stress yourself out about always being the best or always being on top. It’s not a competition. Every writer’s journey and process is different. What works for me won’t work for others, and vice-versa. Write what you feel and then send that out into the world when it’s ready – it’s as simple as that.
This blogger: Good advice! I completely agree with it all.
What is the hardest part about the writing process for you?
Procrastinating. I don’t like deadlines and I often put things off to the last minute and then cram.
How has writing changed you?
It’s given me an outlet for my creative side that I didn’t even know I needed. Moreover, it’s opened me up to an entire, new community of people and women in the book world who I can relate to and find a home with.
This blogger: On so many levels, that’s wonderful. (*Smiles warmly*.)
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I’m most often working or in graduate school. But during my downtime, I’m generally at home with my husband and dogs, enjoying a good Netflix binge.
End of Interview
That, I’m afraid, brings our interview with author Sarah Robinson to an end. I would like to thank Sarah for her time, and to say that it has been delightful getting to know her. I wish her all the best in her future writings, her Netflix binges, graduating grad school, and with her pregnancy. Please God, in good time, she will have a happy and healthy baby.
You can purchase Sarah’s books on Amazon, including her bestsellers The Kavanagh Legends series, The Photographer Trilogy, and The Forbidden Rockers. If you like the romance genre, these books will give you great satisfaction.
Otherwise, like Sarah on Facebook; follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest; and visit her website. This way, you will be able to keep up to date with her and get excited for the release of her next book, Misadventures in the Cage.
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