Robin, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.
Thanks so much for having me, Greta. I’m thrilled to be here.
Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Brooklyn and lived in and around New York most of my life. I’m happily married to my own Domestic God-we just celebrated our 20th anniversary of our first date on April Fool’s Day, which is so fitting. We have three children between the ages of 15 and 11, one of whom is a professional ballerina-okay, so she danced the Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center with the American Ballet Theater a couple years ago, but she made $20, so in her mind, she’s a professional. She dances 30 hours a week so I spend most of my time home schooling her or driving the hour and a half to and from her dance school. I write while Twinkle Toes does her schoolwork and at Starbucks while she dances. Luckily she stays with a wonderful host family Thursday nights through Saturday so I can see my other children and my husband. All my extra time is spent taking care of our two dogs, three-legged cat with a bad attitude and Puff the magic bearded dragon.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since before I can remember. I think the first time I actually wrote for someone other than myself was when I was four or five. My parents divorced and my mother, my sister, and I moved to Florida leaving my father in New York. I used to write short stories for my dad because I didn’t want him to be lonely. I have vivid memories of typing on a manual typewriter while sitting on the NY Phone Book. I used to have to press the keys down with both pointer fingers to get it to work. <grin>
It wasn’t until probably 2004 that a friend read something I’d written and told me I should get it published-as if it was that easy! I’d never before considered writing toward publication. I guess I was a little slow on the uptake.
What is your writing process like? Can you tell us about your latest release Too Hot To Handle?
I’ll combine the next two questions.
I usually start with a scene that pops into my head. With Romeo, Romeo it was a dinner with Rosalie and her family. That scene ended up getting cut, but I fell in love with her and her crazy family and knew I had a heroine for a book.
With Too Hot To Handle, it was the first scene in the book. Annabelle waking up wondering if ghosts have sex. Her first thought was that if she’d slept with the ghost of her dead boyfriend, Chip, he’d learned a few things since his demise, and if not, she just had amazing sex with a total stranger. The stranger happens to be the best friend of her new brother-in-law, Dr. Mike Flynn. The two begin seeing each other and Annabelle never mentions Mike’s resemblance to Chip (since her family never knew Chip existed). As things progress, Annabelle’s best friend, Becca (Chip’s twin), uncovers a truth no one ever saw coming…
Do you have any other books coming out this year?
Breakfast In Bed should be out in November or December of this year. It’s Rich Ronaldi’s book. Rich, the only son in an Italian family, was always treated like a prince. When his girlfriend broke up with him because he wasn’t relationship material, he decided he needed Domestic God lessons to win her back. He enlisted the help of a very reluctant coach, his sister’s best friend, Becca, who disliked him on sight. Watching Rich struggle with his lessons, the unwanted attraction between he and Becca was a lot of fun.
What are you currently working on?
I have a fourth Domestic God book running through my mind and I’m planning to write a proposal for that book. I also have an idea for another series that’s been percolating for the last year. I think I’ll write proposals for both and see what happens.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I have no idea. Usually a scene pops into my head-characters and all-and then I write a book around it.
As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?
I read constantly (I have a book-a-day habit) except for when I’m on deadline. Then I go on a reading diet, because I can’t just pick up a book and then put it down. I have to read the whole thing. Auto buys in romance are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Mallery, Janet Evanovich, Roxanne St. Claire, Maureen Child, Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, Rachel Gibson…God, there are so many I have an excel spreadsheet because I’m so bad with names and titles, I can’t remember them all.
What books are on your keeper shelf?
I read so much that I’ve had to limit my keeper shelf. It’s usually my hardbacks that I’ve collected over the years. Jane Austen, Louis Nizer, Robert Ludlum, the old Wilbur Smith books, JRR Tolkein, John Lecarre, Watership Downs, The Chronicles of Narnia. Those are the books that go with me every time I move. It takes an awful lot to get me to add to it.
Do you read books other than romance books?
I read everything. I love suspense, mystery, the classics, literary fiction, thrillers, women’s fiction, some fantasy. I’m pretty eclectic.
What was the first romance book you read?
My sister-in-law gave me Bridget Jones’ Diary, and I remember looking for something similar. I think it may have been Jennifer Cruise’s Fast Women, either that or one of Patti Bergs books -I’ve read them all. I probably picked them up on the same trip but I loved them and kept going. It changed my life.
If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?
Right now, I’d say Romeo, Romeo since it was the first in the series. Maybe James Franco for Nick – he’s got a great NY accent, and for Rosalie, I’m not sure maybe Kim Kardashian, though I’ve never seen her act. Physically, I could see her playing Rosalie.
If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?
I’m not sure I would want to. I put my heroines through hell. I’ve been there, done that and got my HEA. I’m thrilled with my life the way it is. I’d like to have more money and be able to take great vacations, but really, that’s all that’s lacking in my life. I’m working hard to get it, and I’m really hoping it will come in time.
When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
I’m a fiber junkie. I knit, spin yarn and weave. I’d love to have more time to play with my yarn and I’m looking forward to having more time to dress my loom (a naked loom is depressing) and weave blankets or rugs. I recently met up with a friend at a Starbucks and spent 4 hours just knitting and chatting. It was heaven.
If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?
What do you look for in a romance?
For more information on Robin Kaye and her books please visit her website: http://robinkayewrites.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
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