Everyone likes to know more about a new author (to them), so I hope you don’t mind sharing. Let’s start with the basics, taking a few minutes to talk about what you do.
1. What do you write? Hi Dorothy! Thanks so much for having me. I write laugh out loud romantic comedy. Sometimes with a dash of magic (sometimes with a dash of spice.) I am currently published with Crimson Romance and self-published. I’m currently working on a super cute office holiday romance for Entangled’s Lovestruck line, which I’m over the moon excited about!
2. What is your typical writing day like? Do you jump on the keyboard the second after your feet hit the floor in the morning, or do you have to sneak up on your computer and wait until it’s not paying attention? My schedule tends to vary. I take my iPad wherever I go, so it’s not uncommon for me to write on the commuter train on my way to work; duck into a conference room and get a few words in at lunch; and then back at it on my way home. During the weekends, my go-to place is my favorite grocery store – yep, grocery store – Wegman’s. They’ve got an amazing second floor dining area that is PERFECT for writers. Great music, buffet, coffee and restsroom are all right there!
3. Is there a genre you don’t write in now but think one day you might? Why or why not? I always think it would be fun to write a Scottish historical, but I’m horrible with history! My hat is always off to historical romance authors.
4. If you have more than one book out, which is your favorite, and why? That’s a hard one. I would probably say TANGLED UP. It’s the second book in my Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls series, and I just loved Brandon and Abby and the amnesia trope (thanks to a cupcake spell). Poor Brandon had no idea what was going on, and that made for some funny scenes. CHRISTMAS DINNER would be my second because it was the first book I wrote shortly after my cat, Sydney, passed away and got me started writing romance. (The book has a happy ending!)
5. How long have you been published? Since 2013. Though CHRISTMAS DINNER was the first book I wrote, my romantic comedy DESTINATION WEDDING came out first in July that year.
6. What is your favorite type of book to read? I love contemporary romance. My go to books lately have been in the Entangled Bliss and Lovestruck lines.
7. Do you have a spot you seek out for inspiration? Not really a spot, but I often will go back to the places that inspired me in past books. For instance, there’s a Christmas tree farm that I always stop in on my way to New York for the holidays because it was the place that inspired me to write about a heroine’s whose quirky family owned a Christmas tree farm in CHRISTMAS DINNER.
8. Can you tell us about your latest release? I sure can. The HOLIDAY HOOK UP is the 4th book in my Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls series. All the books center around Batter Up night, a night that involves the town’s bachelors gathering around the Sugar Spoon Bakery, in which one lucky bachelor learns the name of his soul mate thanks to a shimmering pink mixing spoon, cake batter, and a magical spell. In HOLIDAY HOOKUP, the tables are turned when hometown funnyman Adam Reed is given a shimmering blue mixing spoon to predict soulmates for bachelorettes. It’s full on Christmas, filled with lots of holiday cheer and hope—and cake batter!
9. Which book(s) have you read more than once, and why? You know, I don’t tend to read books twice BUT one that I just started reading for the second time is TWO TICKETS TO THE CHRISTMAS BALL by Donita K. Paul. It’s an adorable holiday romance.
10. If you could have one constant companion for the rest of your days, who or what would it be? Easy. My gray cat, Carly, but with less of her cattitude!
11. What do you do when the plot Just. Won’t. Work? I stop writing and start brainstorming. Because I write romantic comedy, I expect a lot of humor. I’ll step back and really examine where I’m going with a story to make sure it’s not only funny, but has a fresh and unique spin.
12. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets? Definitely sunrises. I’m an early bird! This summer, I spent a couple of days in the Outer Banks, North Carolina and watched the sunrise on the beach while spotting three dolphins. That was AMAZING!
13. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind? Yes, and sometimes it depends on what I’m writing. For SWEET TEXAS CHARM, I spent a lot of time listening to country music (and love it!) For my holiday romances, I tend to set Pandora to a Christmas music station. I also love anything 80’s and would die without the 80’s channel on Sirius radio in my car!
14. The weather is horrible outside: what are you going to do today? Write, write, write! Hopefully I had the good sense to run to the grocery store and get a dozen Dunkin Donuts or stocked the house with chocolate!
Thanks for having me! BATTER UP, the first book in my Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls series is FREE December 22 – 26 on Amazon. For more information on any of my books, or to sign up for my e-newsletter, you can visit www.robynneeley.com.
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