Monday, September 02, 2013

Interview with Robin Bielman

Hi everyone! Roxanne, thanks so much for having me as a guest today to celebrate the next book in my Risk It series from Entangled Publishing, RISKY SURRENDER. I’m thrilled to be here!

1.     What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and after college thought I wanted to write screenplays. I started a couple, but never finished them. Once I had my kids, I did some freelance writing and while I was writing short pieces for a website about weddings and brides a co-worker asked if I’d ever written a romance novel before and if not then I should. A little bell sounded in my head and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do. I’d never read romance before, though, so the first book I bought was The Bachelor by Carly Phillips. I loved it and read all of her books after that. On her website she included a ton of info for new writers and that’s really what helped me get started. So I guess you could say she offered some great inspiration for writing novels and I ran with it.

2.     Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to write on the lighter side, and I’d like to think there’s some humor in there too.

3.     How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The first title I came up with was actually Risky Business. I know, very unoriginal. Pair that with the movie and visions of Tom Cruise sliding across the floor in his underwear that I couldn’t get out of my head, and I knew I had to think of something better. All the books in my Take a Risk  series have “risk” in the title, and once I realized it wasn’t really a business deal my characters were making, but a sacrifice, I thought Risky Surrender had a nice ring to it.

4.     Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I always title my books before I start writing. I can’t even type the first word in a new book until I know what the title is!

5.     If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’m very lucky that I actually have one! Not long after I joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter, they started a mentor/mentee program and I was paired with the amazing Charlene Sands. She’s written over thirty books for Harlequin and not only is she my mentor, but a close friend now, too. We talk about everything and she’s my go-to gal whenever I have questions. There’s also one more writer that I’m fortunate to consider a mentor and that’s Vicki Lewis Thompson. She’s been incredibly generous to me with her guidance and friendship. I seriously pinch myself to be sure I’m not dreaming these incredible authors are my friends. One of the best things about my writing journey has been the wonderful writers I’ve met and now call friend.

6.     What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Fake FiancĂ©, Real Revenge by Roxanne Snopek. It’s the third book in her Three River Ranch series and I’m loving it.

7.     What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

Thanks for asking. I’ve just started writing the next book in my Secret Wishes series for Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line. After that it’s the next book in my  Take a Risk series.  Cross your fingers everyone, that my plan for less sleep and giant daily word counts comes true. J

8.     Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I wish I could! You can bet my settings would definitely include, oh I don’t know, Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Ireland, Greece, Fiji, or some other tropical paradise. I could go on and on. LOL In reality, I’m lucky there is so much information available on the Internet. Aside from that, I do tend to place my books in places I’ve been. Risky Surrender opens in San Diego and then moves to Arizona, and I’ve been to both. One of the next books in this series takes place on Kauai and I’ve been there, too. So what I can’t recall from my experiences, I look up. I’m dreaming of traveling to Europe sometime soon…

Thanks for the great questions, Roxanne! I’ve enjoyed answering them. Now I’ve got a question for your readers… What’s your favorite book setting? The beach? Mountains? City? I’d love to know.

Risky Surrender
Robin Bielman

Publisher: Entangled: Ever After

August 26, 2013


Print Length: 109 pages

Book Description:

Archeologist Lucy Davenport made a promise to retrieve an elusive piece of history buried in the walls of an iconic Indian village. But when she draws unwanted attention that interferes with her secret plans, she's forced to risk it all with a man who threatens not only her goal, but the walls she's carefully constructed around her heart.

Keats McCall is an environmental preservationist navigating the globe on behalf of heritage protection. When he catches Lucy at his latest project, he suspects she's up to something. She secretive, sexy as hell—and has trouble written all over her. He devises a plan to keep her close so he can keep an eye on her. But what he isn’t prepared for is just how close he wants to get.

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About the Author:

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also loves to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
She is also the author of Worth the Risk and Yours At Midnight from Entangled’s Ever After line, and Kissing the Maid of Honor from Entangled's Bliss line. 


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elena k said...

I don't mind as long as there is a love story but I find romantic the beach or the mountain. thanks for the great interview, it is good to know more about Robin

Roxanne Rhoads said...

thanks for being here today

Robin Bielman said...

Hi Roxanne! Thanks so much for having me!

Hi Elena! Thank you for stopping by here! You know, as long as I'm swept up in the love story, I don't really care about the setting either. :)

elena k said...

you are welcome Roxanne!I enjoyed your questions. I love Robin and I follow her everywhere like a stalker ;-)