Do you have a specific writing style?
I like this question, thought admittedly I’m not sure if you want me to describe my style as in how I write or the style of the finished product. So I’ll just try to briefly describe both.
So style as in finished product, I can really only go by what others have said about my writing. One of the most common adjectives used to describe my work is charming. Readers tends to really connect with my characters (which I love) and they like my sense of humor while at the same time commenting on the authenticity of the emotion and poignancy.
As for the style of how I write – I’d consider myself a plotter. I’m not so strict that I’m inflexible or I don’t leave room for surprises along the way, but I definitely have a plan. That being said, I’m a character-driven writer, I let their emotional journeys lead the way.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
I often will title the book before I start, like when I’m naming the characters. But there have been times when I’ve just called the book by the heroine’s name. Not all of my titles have been kept for publication, it’s kind of a crap shoot.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
First, I’d say Judy Blume. She’s the first author I remember reading by author. Meaning that I wanted to read that book because she wrote it. So I began to notice (at least on some level) that I liked her voice. Then Kathleen Woodiwiss. Reading A Rose in Winter made me realize what I wanted to write, what I wanted to be when I grew up – I fell in love with historical romance reading that book and well, it’s hard to not credit her with giving me direction.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Most definitely Pamela Morsi. She was the president of my local RWA chapter when I joined. I was still in college at the time. When it came time for me to do an internship to finish my degree, I ended up working as Pam’s assistant. I was at her house 3 days a week and learned more about the writing business than I could have imagined. Not only that, but I made a life-long friend. She is such a classy lady, a genuine friend and a brilliant writer. She is most definitely my mentor.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I’m currently working on my anthology, Masquerading Mistresses. It’s set in the Regency era. Here’s a little blurb…
An anthology set in the time where the mistress reigned supreme, yet for three beautiful women assuming the role of mistress is not glamorous, it’s necessary for survival and when three men who were not looking for mistresses come to know them, they find they will do anything to protect these women they can’t seem to forget.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
HA! A better question would be what do I NOT find challenging in my writing. J There’s not really anything about writing that is easy. Creating something out of nothing is difficult-especially if you have to make that something cohesive, entertaining, and emotionally satisfying. I will say this though the worst part for me is a blank page. I can’t just start typing and see what happens, I have to know where I’m going to get any words on the page. So I make sure I brainstorm scenes (usually with some other writers) so that I have an idea of what scene to work on or it gets very frustrating for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorites, but if I had to pick just one (and I’ll pick an historical author since that’s my genre too) I’d say Suzanne Enoch. She’s definitely my go-to girl when I want to dive into historical London and be whisked off on a romantic adventure. I love, love, love her heroes, they’re always deliciously naughty. But she doesn’t forsake her heroines, they’re great women that I can imagine being friend with.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write, write. And learn everything you can about the craft of writing. Don’t assume that simply because you’ve been a reader your whole life, that means you know how to put a book together. That’s like assuming that writing the medical shows on the Discover Channel makes you qualified to perform surgery. So do your homework and keep writing.
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A Little Bit Scandalous
Forbidden Love Series Book Three
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: 8-12-13
Number of pages: 212
A gambler in need of redemption
Monroe Grisham, Duke of Chanceworth, is determined to keep his beautiful young ward, Caroline Jellico, out of his life for her own good. Caroline is all grown up now, making it impossible for him to focus on anything but her presence. Hoping to put her out of sight, he leaves it up to his mother to find her a proper husband before he ruins Caroline himself.
A woman in search of a gamble
Mathematics prodigy, Caroline Jellico, is tired of waiting for the illusive Roe to notice she
A complicated game of seduction
When Roe and Caroline meet across the table, all bets are off. But this game takes more than skill, and the winner may take all but still lose everything.
About the Author:
A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ's and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn't be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers.
Publishers' Weekly claims her books as "sizzling romance" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining." Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader's Crown nominee.
Look for Robyn's new trilogy on forbidden love coming from Entangled: A Little Bit Wicked (fall 2012), A Little Bit Sinful (spring 2013) and A Little Bit Scandalous (summer 2013).
Also in 2013, she'll launch a new historical romantic suspense series with NAL, the first in the series is The Secrets of Mia Danvers (2013).
Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little girls and two spoiled cats.