Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finding the Fireworks after the DUD: A Writer's Journey

    I'm going to do something today that I have NEVER done.
    I'm going to talk bad about myself-- well not really, but I am going to shoot straight and if that means I end up in the cross-hairs, so be it!
    As a fairly new writer, I've come a long way in a very short time. I was first published on October 1st 2010....yep, I'm that new to this industry.
    That being said, I've worked very hard and taken the advice of dozens of authors who have gone before me, and quite successfully, I might add.
    One thing that seemed to be mentioned more than any other topic was writing series books as opposed the stand-alones.
    "If you want a loyal following, you gotta write a series." Great advice, by the way. Only it didn't exactly come with a recipe on how to do it, which left me to my own devices. (Not always a good thing)
    I can certainly understand how a series is the way to go. Just look at your local movie box office's line-up. It's filled with movies based on book series'. Try to go a week without coming across an ad or commercial for Twilight or Harry Potter. It can't be done.
    So this brings me back to me my writing.
    In December, my tenth book will be released. Yes, you read that right. Ten books in fourteen months. Now before you bow at my feet full of shock and awe, understand that half of those books were already written a year prior to submission, so they only needed tightening, and a little overhaul here and there. Still a lot of work, but it's not quite as miraculous is it sounds.
    My first series, which I affectionately refer to as my "cherry breaking trilogy", has fizzled and fallen by the wayside. I can't fault anyone but myself for that, as my maiden expedition, it fought a good fight and served me well as a learning tool.
    Sort of like that other "first" we all have in life. It was clumsy and I had no idea what went where and who should say or do what or when. It was a relief to get it over with just so I could say I'd done it, but there were no fireworks... no razzle-dazzle... no bang for my buck... and nobody needed a cigarette afterward.
    It was just what anyone would expect with a first time, anyone but me, that is. For me, the fantasy was gone and I was left with a sad little cyber-tale collecting dust in ebook heaven... or wherever ebooks go when they pass on.
    That experience brought me to trilogy number two and naturally more lessons to be learned.
    My Blood Hunter Trilogy was going to blast off like a rocket, fly away into the stars and burn bright for decades to come. It was a bit hotter and I had found my voice... well I had found my inside whispering voice anyway.
    "The Beginning" was my first attempt at writing in third person POV, and the first time I'd written from a man's perspective. Boy, are they a tricky bunch to figure out (and they say we're difficult)
    Poor Thorne Abbot came off as a wimp, but still managed to find a few fans who thought his type of Anti-Alpha male was refreshing and he actually grew on them.
    Unfortunately, the majority must not have agreed and didn't give book #2 in that trilogy a chance and missed out on something kind of amazing. If you did read that far, then you know what and who I'm talking about.
Jason Craft!
    Writing The Betrayal and creating Jason was what I like to refer to as finding my sweet spot.        
    He was all man through and through and believe it or not, he later became my muse and actually helped me write "Flesh Wounds".
    Dylan Banks was created based on what Jason Craft whispered in my ear. I owe him a lot for that one.
    None of that really matters though, when you consider the reality of it all.
    Technically, "The Beginning" could be described as a dud, and therefore readers just aren't sticking with me. (Now, I know quite a few are and those loyal fans are the wind beneath my wings. I do my best not to disappoint you)
    Now that I have earned a few battle scars, and even added a few single titles to the mix, I just may consider tackling another trilogy. Along the way I did a lot of research and still work very hard at honing my craft. If an author tells you they've learned all they need to know about writing, and you believed them, then I'd like to sell you some tickets to join me on my next trip to the moon.
    I'm over 40 (insert gasp here) and trust me when I say that you're never too old to learn and no matter how small you think your brain is, there's always room for more information.
    I've done a little Googling, and for those of you who know me, I am a certified Googler, bordering on suffering from an addiction. I would seek help, but I'd only add to the condition since I'd have to Google to find the nearest 12 Step program.
    To prevent myself from becoming a bad influence and encouraging you to Google on your own, I'll share with you some cool blogs and websites I found to help you with your writing endeavor.
    Mind you, not all are tailored for whatever genre you may write, but when it comes to writing romance, you can pretty much  "insert" your preference in place of whatever genre these blogs may be talking about. As usual there are exceptions to the rule, but you know what I'm getting at.
Note: I do not know these people, nor do I endorse their views,
 I simply found these blogs amusing and/or possibly helpful and chose to share
    First off, this blog scared me at first, until I re-read the title and realized the tips were for what you should NOT do when writing a novel...

   Next up: How to Write a Fantasy Novel. Like I said before, this is one of those situations where the basic tips may apply to all writing, so don't judge a blog by it's title. LOL!

   And finally: This site has a list of dozens of places you can find tips on just about anything to do with writing...again...they Googled for you. LOL! I haven't ventured very far into yet, but I thought it was worth a look. 

    If you're interested in checking out more of my work, click on any of the tabs at the top of this page. As for finding my books, that's easy---- Just go here:

or here:

My upcoming releases:

<--- Midnight Beckoning
Coming November 15th 


The Long way Home --->
A Christmas Novella
Coming December 15th


  1. So happy for all your success!!! I will check out the links!! Thanks.

  2. Miss Robin,
    I feel the same. Sometimes I wonder if I'm crazy doing this writing thing. But, despite the ups and downs, I do enjoy sinking my teeth into creating a great story (at least to me)! :) Hang in there girl, keep writing, and your loyal fans will grow.

  3. Thanks, Tess and Cynthia!! Writing is easier surrounded by wonderful talented authors like both of you!!

  4. Loved this Robin and no wonder we became friends! LOL I did ten novels and 3 shorts in one year! Too funny, and I am glad I came over. Now, I am checking your wonderful blog to make sure I am a follower already!I am also gonna share this on My FB Stream.

  5. Ah, thanks, Leanore!
    You know what they say about birds of a feather?? LOL! Thank you so much for sharing. The more people around to witness my failures, the better! Hehehe!

  6. Wow, and I thought I'd written a lot! Congratulations on all you've accomplished, and thank you for sharing those links.

  7. It takes a while to build a bigger fan base, but you're right - you always have the loyal ones that are there from the beginning and that is a start!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Great insight. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Rose Anderson