Thanks for stopping in Robyn, please tell me, what do you like to write, and why?
I take my Dell notebook everywhere, but my favorite place to write is in my room with a romantic comedy playing in the background. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played Music and Lyrics or Runaway Bride this year while writing! If Richard Gere ever wanted to do a sequel and Julia Roberts wasn’t available, I could step in!
· When offered your first publishing contract did you
B) Jump out of your seat and run around flailing your arms chanting OMG OMG OMG
C) Pee your pants
D) B & C
E) None of the Above You’re lying if your answer isn’t B If not A-D , what was your reaction?
I was on a train platform. While I know better than to scream in a crowdJ, I was definitely losing it inside. It was actually a cool moment to get the news in the train station because I wrote what eventually became the prologue to my holiday romance, Christmas Dinner, on the train. To find out Crimson wanted to publish my book on the train two years and nine months later was a special moment.
· After how many published titles do you think it’s appropriate to write your own autobiography?
I’d love to write it now, make stuff up and hope it all comes true.
· How important to you are the names of your characters?
I enjoy the naming process. In Destination Wedding, I have two cute scenes where the characters spell at their names. For it to be cute and funny, both names had to be short and common. K-a-t-e and L-u-k-e.
· How do you go about nabbing that perfect title for your books? What are the occupational hazards of being a writer? Do you have a quote or slogan you try to live by?
I love the titles for my first two books: Destination Wedding and Christmas Dinner. They’re intentionally ironic and I’m looking forward to the day a reader shares with me their a-ha moment with the titles. There’s a reason for their simplicity and why I didn’t choose titles more mainstream.
A Maya Angela Quote that Oprah always shared on her show. “When you know better, you do better.”
· Have you ever taken the writing to the bathroom with you?
· Sometimes for me it’s the only place I can find that elusive peace and quiet. Until my 5 year old sniffs me out.
Not yet. I did once time my dosage of Nyquil to get 1000 words in! I knew I had about 20 minutes before it kicked in and I would fall asleep.
· Pantser or Plotter? I’ll have you know how proud I am that I just used these terms. Since I’ve just recently learned what they meant. Go me. Always keepin’ up with the author slang.
Ha, ha! I’m a hybrid. I start off as a pantser but at the half-way mark I start plotting.
· What do you like to write in? (i.e PJ’s and stompeez, a prom dress or perhaps a bathtub?)
Skirt and high boots if I’m at Starbucks (got to look cute!) otherwise yoga pants and comfy top.
· How do you react to a bad review?
Better than I thought I would. I actually think a mix of reviews makes you look legit. If I can learn anything from negative reviews, even better.
· Do you feel like a complete dumbo (like I do) if people ask for your autograph?
It hasn’t happened yet.
· Have you ever been a character in one of your books?
I think there is a little of me in all of my heroines. I pick up on their habits to. My wedding planner, Kate in Destination Wedding has a habit of reciting her calming mantra “I do. I do” when she is stressed. I caught myself doing that the other day!
· Would you ever play yourself in a movie or TV production of one of your books?
I’d love to be Kate in Destination Wedding she gets to kiss not only her handsome hero but his twin. LOL – not in the same scene. My mom would have a heart attack.
· Have you ever gone a little REDRUM after a few days shacked up in the ol’ writing hole?
I try to take breaks when I just need to step away. It helps unlock your mind.
· What do you think is your biggest accomplishment in writing? Your biggest failure?
Writing Destination Wedding in four months since my first book took nearly three years.
Not writing enough this summer. I’m half way done with my WIP. I wish I could wave my hand and 50,000 words would magically appear on paper.
· Do you do research for your novel? Me... I could totally walk into the Bio Buzz pick up a bong and be like..It’s for research dude! Lol (Disclaimer: These are just fun and silly hypothetical questions and answers. Its all make believe! J I really don’t walk around with a bong lol )
Hey, it’s all in the name of research, right? This isn’t as fun as your example but I did research a few Christmas tree farms for my holiday romance.
· Speaking of bongs. Have you ever written anything while drunk?
· No, I don’t think I have, but I totally should try it some time.
· Do you laugh at yourself ever?
All the time.
· How much of your childhood reflects upon your musings?
I watched a lot of Soap Operas growing up – The Newmans, Foresters, Spauldings, Hughes, and Snyders. There are so many storylines embedded in my memory that are fun to draw upon when writing. I’m currently working on a continuity project with four other Crimson Romance authors centered around a wealthy family. I’m convinced my soap opera upbringing will come in handy when I start writing my book in the series.
· How do you like these questions so far? Anything striking your fancy? Ok, moving along…
· How do you feel about being interviewed?
Love it! Such a great opportunity to visit awesome blogs and get to know other authors and readers!
· How do you feel about global warming?
Al Gore was right. (sorry my Republican friends)
· How do you feel about Fan Fiction being published?
· Is it sad that I don’t know what this is? Clearly I need to.
· Are you jealous of other writers?
All the freakin time. LOL in the most supportive way possible.
· What makes you laugh? Cry?
My family. Both answers.
· Vacation or staycation? Fancy Schmancy wedding or a Vegas wedding?
Vegas for sure. In my current WIP I have a Vegas wedding and think it would be so fun. Hmmm… maybe THAT should be my research project!
· Favorite season? Mine’s football :P
Fall for sure.
· Who were some of your inspirations for writing? For your characters?
Nicholas Sparks – here’s why. I love some of his twists. The Wedding. OMG. I have a big twist in Christmas Dinner and if it is even half as good as a Sparks twist, I will be super happy.
· Did you enjoy this interview?
I loved it, but I have to ask. Where is Nathan? I thought he would be here with flowers and chocolate!
HJ: Ha!! I don’t think Jordie would be too happy with that!
Robyn, thank you so much for taking the time to stop in and give this Q&A whirl. It was a pleasure having you, and feel free to stop in whenever you please! J
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"I do. I do." Wedding planner Kate Ashby quietly repeated her calming mantra. Paralyzed in her window seat, she stared at the illuminated fasten seatbelt sign while her hands gripped the metal buckle strap.
Please turn off. Please turn off. They had to be close to cruising altitude. Soon, she'd be able to request a strong drink to knock her out for the duration of this bumpy flight.
She sat still, trying to ignore the terror pulsating through her. Why hadn't she bought sleeping pills before boarding a twelve-hour flight from New York City to Hawaii? Now, that would have been the smart thing to do.
Glancing out the tiny passenger window, she clutched her gold "K" necklace. It was completely irrational to be terrified and she realized the odds of her and her fellow passengers landing safely in Honolulu were more than in her favor. Still, this was her first time flying such a long duration. Departing Manhattan this evening in turbulent thunderstorms had shot her nerves. She was grateful that her boss had sprung for a first class ticket for the long flight.
A loud rattle caused her to grab hold to her armrests. "What was that?" She turned to the stranger sitting next to her. He had short blondish brown hair and was wearing a blue blazer. His face had a nice tan. She had failed to realize that her row mate was incredibly handsome. Usually the person sitting next to her was a grandparent or couldn't speak English. Perhaps he could help her ease her nerves?
"Um ... I think it's the drink cart. Would you like something?" He folded his Wall Street Journal.
Sexy and smart.
"I'll take a tequila and tonic," he said to the flight attendant.
And likes his drinks strong. This could be fun.
Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know. Visit her at robynneeley.com.