Sunday, February 11, 2018

Amazon gift card and romance author Robin Patchen

This next author is from New England like me. How fitting.

Robin Patchen writes contemporary Christian suspense, romance, and romantic suspense. Her books are often set in New England, where she grew up. She creates strong, protective heroes and intelligent, courageous heroines.

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin has two loves - writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beach side burger joints.

What happens when a woman marries her greatest enemy?

When Rae runs with her infant in Convenient Lies, she lands in the arms of her first love. Brady determines to discover all her secrets. What he learns could destroy them all.

She married her enemy…

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He never quit loving her.

Detective Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he plans to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.

The death toll rises.

But when Rae's husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.

Curious to know more about Convenient Lies and the author? Time for an interview with Robin...

What inspires you to write?
So many things. Sometimes, something I see on TV or read about in the news will inspire a new story. Most of the time, I just get these random images. For instance, in Convenient Lies, I got this image of a woman returning to her hometown with a newborn. She was alone, and I knew she was running from someone, but I had no idea who, or why. I didn’t know where the baby’s father was. I didn't know why she’d gone home. But from that image came the story, which led to a four-book series.

The last book in the series, Innocent Lies, was inspired by another image. A little boy alone in the wintry woods. Again, I had no idea who he was or why he was there, but the story started to take shape, and once it did, I had to write it.

Inspiration is a mystery to me, one I don’t want to solve. I love the surprise of it, the magic.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
If I write without stopping, I can write about 130 pages per month, so it shouldn’t take much more than three months to write an entire novel. The problem comes with that, “if I write without stopping” thing. Because sometimes, I get stuck on a story issue and can’t figure out how to fix it. And then I get distracted, because there’s always the lie that I’ll just finish this, and then I’ll get back to the book. But there’s always one more “this” that needs to be finished. So often, it takes four or more months to write a full-length novel. But I’m working on that.

What are you working on right now?
I’m starting a new series that will take place in the same town—Nutfield, New Hampshire—as the last series. I’m at about the halfway point after taking one of my “short” breaks—for 5 weeks. Here’s another novel inspired by an image. A young woman and an old man relocating to Nutfield for no apparent reason. An issue considering the man suffers from lots of medical issues, including dementia. Why would she take him away from his home? Trust me. There’s a great reason. Or at least there will be when I fix this little story issue I’m having…

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Just one? Oh, my. Well, I’d say the most important tip to being a great writer is to be a writer. Writing is like any other skill. The more often you do it, the better you’ll be. If I could offer a second tip, it would be to read a variety of books, some in the genre you want to write and some outside, and analyze them to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Well, you probably mean “besides the Bible,” though perhaps not as many would give that answer as I would hope.

Is it too cliché to say the Harry Potter series? I personally find the entire series to be extraordinary. Yes, sometimes the overuse of adverbs and other writing foibles get on my nerves, but what an amazing story of good vs. evil, of weakness prevailing over darkness, of love prevailing over evil. Would that I could create such stories.

So who wants to win something?!

Robin Patchen and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a paperback copy of Convenient Lies and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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