Friday, August 23, 2013

Author Interview – Robin Mahle

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? Personally, I learned a great deal about myself and my perseverance.  But not only that, this book required a fair bit of research, which I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed.  A friend of mine, whose husband was a high-ranking police officer for twenty years, read the story, just to confirm that my references to police procedure were accurate, or at least, mostly accurate.  I’m sure I took creative license on a few things.  That part was very exciting for me.

How do you promote this book? Ahh, the million dollar question.  This is something I do struggle with.  It is increasingly difficult to get noticed amongst the thousands of other books available either online or in brick and mortar stores.  I suppose I don’t promote the book insomuch as I try to develop relationships through social media to let people get to know who I am.  If they like me, maybe they’ll read my book.  I’m pretty active on Goodreads, which I truly enjoy.  Of course, there’s Twitter, but I rarely promote my book there.  Again, I try to put myself out there so people can get to me as an author.  I suppose my next step is getting involved in blogging a little more and following some of the other bloggers out there.  It’s something that’s constantly evolving and I hope to gain a better grasp of as I publish more novels.

Will you write others in this same genre? Oh, most definitely.  I’m working on the sequel to Redwood Violet at the moment.  Then, I have a partial work in progress that I will likely tackle after that.  All of which are in the suspense/thriller genre.  Intrigue mixed with a little fear is what I love about writing in this genre.

How much of the book is realistic? Sadly, a great deal of this storyline is realistic, I believe.  As a parent, parts of it were actually very difficult to write.  But, I do feel that I stayed true to the process that take place in these situations.

How important do you think villains are in a story? For me and the stories I like to write, villains are crucial elements to the plot.  The ones I write about are disturbing and very frightening individuals.   Something about that just appeals to me.  That’s not to say, however, that I can relate to my villains on a personal level.  They scare me too.

What are your goals as a writer? Honestly, I just want to write stories that people enjoy.  I don’t expect great fame and fortune; of course, that would be awesome, but I am realistic and if I am able to contribute enough to help support my family with my writing, then I have accomplished my goal.

What books have most influenced your life? I don’t have many books that have influenced me as a person.  I can’t say I’ve read any one book that I felt was life-changing.  But, as far as my writing is concerned, I can say with certainty that the single biggest influence on me is Stephen King.  I have been reading his novels since I was sixteen years old.  I know he is the reason why I chose to write in the suspense genre.  However, I do so very much admire JK Rowling.  I am definitely a huge Harry Potter fan.  Those books…well, they speak for themselves, don’t they?

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Genre – Mystery  / Thriller / Suspense

Rating – PG

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