1. "SOS Aloha" is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads!
2. I am creating a slide show for the SOS Military Mixer at the RT Booklovers' Convention.
I seek photos from readers and authors of any family and friends who served in the military:
- any time period
- any length of service (a veteran served one day up to 20 years)
- anywhere in the world.
Please forward your photos to email@example.com
And now I return you to our regularly scheduled program ....
Before becoming a full-time writer, Robin Wells was an advertising and public relations executive, but she always dreamed of writing novels—a dream inspired by a grandmother who told “hot tales” and parents who were both librarians.
When she sold her first novel, her family celebrated at a Chinese restaurant. Robin’s fortune cookie read “Romance moves you in a new direction”—and it has. Robin has won the RWA Golden Heart Award, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Holt Medallion and CRW’s Award of Excellence.
Robin lives just outside New Orleans with her husband, two daughters and an exceedingly spoiled dog named Winnie The
Kim: Your bio is too tempting - can you share one of the "hot tales" from your grandmother?
Robin: Granny lived to be 98 years old. She was born on a farm in 1900, and grew up without electricity, plumbing, cars,etc., so her stories seemed very exotic. One that comes to mind is how she used to jump out of buggies when she was a kid. Her brother nicknamed her "The Bird" because she would seemingly fly out of them. Another story involved riding on a train from Texas to Oklahoma when she was 18. She and her sister were the only women on a train full of WWI soldiers. The train was so full that some of the soldiers had to ride on the cow catcher (a grill on the locomotive). Granny had a puppy with her, and that puppy got passed around from soldier to soldier, from car to car. They all wanted to hold it and pet it.
Kim: How interesting that both your parents were librarians. Looking back, could you share how their profession impacted your childhood?
Robin: Their love of books was contagious! I learned to read at an early age, and started composing poems before I could even write. They would write them down for me. They encouraged my love affair with words.
Kim: Where do you keep your Golden Heart? Can you share your path to publishing, before and after the Golden Heart?
Robin: I keep my Golden Heart --which is actually a gold necklace-- framed with the certificate in my office. It hangs over my desk, beside my Holt Medallions, Readers' Choice Awards and other awards. I won the Golden Heart the year RWA was held in Hawaii. My youngest daughter was still a baby and I didn't want to leave my family to go to the conference--especially since I was sure I wouldn't win. I was shocked when I got a call the next morning telling me the news. The Golden Heart win was almost anti-climactic, though, because I had sold the book to Silhouette just a few weeks before.
|The Girls Scouts also have a Golden Heart Award.|
Kim: Some say contemporaries are on their way out. Others says they are making a comeback. I enjoy reading them! Why do you write contemporaries? What inspires your characters and plots?
Robin: I write contemporaries because I'm interested in the issues that today's women face. I'm currently working on a grandmother- granddaughter story that combines a historical story with a contemporary one-- something new for me. As to what inspires my stories ... ideas come from every direction. Snippets of conversations, news stories, situations I hear about, read about or dream up-- everything is story fodder. I usually play around with "What if" scenarios, and imagine how people would feel and what they would do in challenging situations. I try to put myself in other people's shoes. I think a lot of writers are empaths--we feel what other people are feeling.
Mahalo, Robin, for joining us today! In honor of Robin's visit, I am giving away two books from Robin's bookshelf to one randomly selected commenter:
- STILL THE ONE
After Katie Charmaine’s husband is killed in Iraq, all she has left is a closet full of his clothes, a few pictures, and fond memories. She not only lost her love, but her last chance to have the children she’s always wanted. Until Zack Ferguson shows up in town...with the daughter Katie gave up for adoption nearly seventeen years ago.
Zack Ferguson has never forgotten Katie, or the one magical night they spend together. Seeing her again brings up a tidal wave of emotions: regret over the way he left her, anger at the secret she kept, and desire he hasn’t felt in years. But he’s in town for Gracie. Their daughter is seventeen, angry at the world and....pregnant. She needs the love of her two parents now more than ever. Can these three forgive the hurts of the past and open their hearts to one another?
- HOW TO SCORE
In the game of life, you have to know how to score.
Sammi is a museum curator whose life is Exhibit A in the Train Wreck Department— especially when it comes to men. In an effort to get on the right track, she hires a life coach who advises her over the phone.
Chase is a no-nonsense FBI agent who inadvertently causes his sports-talking, life-coaching brother to witness a mob hit. While his brother is temporarily in witness protection, Chase takes over his clients.
They have no intention of falling for each other, but fate has a different game plan.
To enter this giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Robin, granny's tales, and/or your favorite librarian.
2. This giveaway is open to US residents only (comments welcome from all readers). Comments are open through Saturday, March 19, 10 pm, to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 20, during the Weekly Winners announcement post.
3. If you are new to SOS Aloha, please make sure I know how to contact you. If your Blogger profile does not provide your email address, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (I have several unclaimed prizes because I do know how to contact the winner). I prefer you do not leave your email address in your comment.
Kim in Hawaii
|Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background|
Robin won the Golden Heart when Hawaii hosted the RWA National Convention. I've heard from authors that wild things happened that year. In case you didn't read my interview with Jill Marie Landis, let me share her funny story:
As keynote speaker I thought I'd give everyone a real taste of Hawaii and Hawaiian culture so I hired two male chanters and a woman to do a blessing. I had booked them over the phone and they assured me they'd be there. Having never met them, I was nervous that they wouldn't show up and when it was coming down to the wire I heard they were there in the kitchen area outside the ballroom at the hotel where I'd be speaking.
I went back to meet them; the men were in T shirts and shorts. The guys grabbed some table cloths off of a rolling cart, stripped down, wrapped them off the shoulder style, got out their ipu and were good to go. When those two barely covered big Hawaiian hunks came in chanting the shock on the faces in the audience was worth every penny I spent to set it all up.
I will feature another funny story on Saturday, March 26 as we celebrate Prince Kuhio Day. Lynne Michaels will join us and share how she conquered Diamond Head!