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My guest today is Robin Kaye


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

***Leave a comment answering Robin’s question for a chance to win a copy of  Too Hot To Handle from Robin. Good Luck*** 


31 Responses

  1. Hi Greta and Robin! I loved the interview and can’t wait to read Too Hot to Handle. To answer your question: I love every kind of romance as long as it’s a romance. I love the strong heroine who although is in some kind of trouble still won’t give up. I like caring heroes who at the same time live the heroine to fight her own battles. And for me romance has to be believable, I have to believe that situations presented could happen in real life.

  2. Hi Robin,
    I have to say I have never read any of your books, but Too Hot to Handle sounds really good, and we seem to like a lot of the same authors, and have heard that a good author will write what he/she would like to read…so if that holds true you could be a new fav of mine!

  3. Characters I can care about!

  4. Hi Robin,

    Great interview and your books sound delicious!! You are a new-to-me author and I haven’t yet read your work (hangs head in dispair). But, what I’m wondering is, how many hours are there in your day? OMG, read a book-a-day, write, home schooling your daughter AND drive a long drive to her dance class AND in your spare time (?) knit, spin yarn and weave???? WHEW, lady, you are amazing…I’m tired just talking about it. What in the world did authors do before laptops & Starbucks?

  5. I look for great characters and a good story. I look to avoid romance books with babies and kids.

  6. Welcome, Ms Kaye!

    In romances I look for believable characters who, by the end of the novel, I can believe will have a decent chance of staying together through thick and thin.

  7. Haven’t got a chance to read your newest book, but I loved “Romeo, Romeo!” SOOOO awesome and Rosalie’s family was fabulous. Nick, the hero, was so hot and I enjoyed every moment.

    In a romance, I look for fun characters. If they are good characters and act realistically, I love it. If they suddenly go all crazy or do somehitng so completely out of character, it’s hard to continue.

    Keep up the awesome work! Looking forward to the new one!! 😀

  8. I look for a strong female lead character. I ABHOR weak female characters! That’s the one thing that will make my stomach void when reading a book. The female getting walked all over or not standing up for her beliefs or just letting things go as they are. Not. Interested.

  9. I like for the characters to show each other love and respect. It helps me to believe that the relationship will last. I want to know why the characters are attracted to each other beyond the physical. I also prefer the characters to be believable and likable. The things that bothers me the most when reading a romance are when the characters are stupid or act mean.

  10. I loved Romeo, Romeo and I can’t wait to read this book. I like to look for well written characters and situations in books. For me it’s mostly about the story. If the story is well written and pulls me in, I can forgive a little stupidity in the characters. 🙂

  11. I never analyze this stuff.
    I can tell you what I don’t want.
    Cheaters – if you are married or in a relationship, I don’t want to read it.
    Other than that, I am pretty flexible.

  12. Going to different places that I wouldn’t normally be able to visit and being introduced to different characters!

  13. I like consistent characters and a storyline I am interested in

  14. I like characterization to the extreme! Nobody weak or who does anything out of character for me. 🙂

    Loved Romeo, Romeo!! Really looking forward to the new one!

  15. I look for a good strong storyline, great lead characters, and a couple if not more hot love scenes.

  16. Great interview. I have never read any of your books before Robin. Too Hot to Handle sounds like a really good book.
    I read any kind of romance. I like the ones that are a happy ending. I also look for ones that I will relate to the characters.

  17. Thanks for the interview! Too Hot to Handle and Breakfast in Bed both sound like fun reads! I read lots of varied romance…historical, contemporary, suspense, paranormal. I love the tension between the characters and sassy humor all built around a good plot.

  18. Realism!!! Some books I’ve read are so overstated. No one talks like that, walks like that or f**ks like that!

  19. Awesome interview, Robin! As for what I’m looking for in a book, I want a story where I care about the characters and what happens to them, and where I feel like the plot and character development are believable. And I like it to be well paced so that it doesn’t drag AND so I don’t feel like the end is just quickly tacked on. That’s not so much to ask, is it? 😉 I would prefer a plot that makes sense and doesn’t ask me to suspend too much belief, but if I love the characters, I can forgive almost anything! Anyway, I’ve got Romeo, Romeo on the TBR, and am definitely looking forward to more of your DGs!

  20. I look for something that will draw me in, demand my attention, and allow me to lose myself in people and places that are different from my everyday.

  21. Great interview! I was a story where the characters show warmth and where I feel like I care about them…I like there to be a good plot and definitely some humor.

  22. Hi Robin and Greta~

    Great interview and I am really looking forward to reading Too Hot To Handle…which sounds wonderful.

    I want a romance with characters who draw me in and and make me invested in their stories. I reallly enjoy a happy ending, but I like to see the characters come to the realization of what a special thing they have.

  23. I look forward to falling in love with the characters, I want to be able to feel there emotions as I read. Corny I guess but I love when I can smile at the same time the characters are, I even want to be mad or even cry when they do. reading is my way to get out the daily grind and enjoy myself. I totally want to be so engrossed that I am carried away with them.

  24. OH and also Congrats on the book it looks wonderful and i would love to add it to my TBR 🙂

  25. good charcters and a book with lots of emotions and sexy chemistry

    great cover

  26. Great interview! I want a strong heroine, a hero to fall in love with, a good plot and of course a HEA in the end!

  27. Great interview. What I look for is a good hero and heroine who have great chemistry that leads to a HEA.

  28. Robin, great to meet you and hear about your book! I love contemps but been a while since I read one and now after this I look forward to one again.

    In a romance, I love to see the relationship and the tension build between the h/h as the book moves along. I love that intensity!

  29. When people ask me why I read romance, I answer I love to read how people fall in love.

  30. Sorry for the late reply, ladies. I’m in the midst of a blog tour, my revisions for Breakfast In Bed are due on the 15th, and I came home from RT and jumped right back into driving Twinkle Toes the next day. As Karen said, there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m really looking forward to picking up my knitting again and just being for a while. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

    Great answers to my questions and I hope you all pick up Too Hot To Handle and enjoy it!

    Happy reading!

    Robin 🙂

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