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Interview with Robin Rance

Hello Everyone!

Today, I’m pleased to have author Robin Rance here. She stopped by to talk about her newest book Street Hustle along with her upcoming projects.

So please give a warm welcome to Robin.

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Robin thank you so much for stopping by, if you could please introduce yourself and tell me how your writing career started?

I use the pen name, Robin Rance. I’m a retired letter carrier, and I spent my career in the post office walking the streets.

I’m the oldest child of eight, and we grew up poor. My father was always looking for work, and we spent a lot of time in hand me downs, but we were readers.

My first book came to me in a dream, that kept coming night after night. I wrote it down, and before it was finished, I had another dream. That’s how my books come to me, either in a dream, or in a song.

Congratulations on the release of Street Hustle, the third volume in the Street Smart series. Tell us more about the series and what readers can expect in the third book?

The Street Smart Series started as a tribute to my mother. She helped the homeless everywhere we went with her. She was always giving them her last dollar or buying them food. I wanted to write a book she would have wanted to read, and one that brought a little light to the homeless epidemic, and what they go through.

The first book, Introducing John Smith takes place in Seattle. We spent an entire day walking around the area by the Puget sound, and observing their misfortune. The second book, Street Surrender takes you to New York, and to the world of prostitution, and drugs. The third book, and the one coming out on the 11th, Street Hustle, takes you to Chicago. After spending time in Chicago visiting my daughter, I was surprised at how much crime happened on a daily basis. Street Hustle deals a little with sex trafficking and drugs.

There will be fourth book in the series, Street Harmony.

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Aside from Street Smart, you’ve also written three other series along, what are some of the benefits and challenges you found with writing a book series?

I love working on a series, but sometimes it’s hard to keep the story moving forward, and you don’t want to leave out any pertinent information from a previous book.

In my series, Never Forget, the first book started as a tribute to my grandmother. I was very close to her and I wanted to write down some of the fund things she used to say to me. However, while writing this story, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it was reflected in the book. The second one was hard to write, because I worked on it while my sister was going through kemo, and surgery to remove her breasts.

The third book in the series was easy to write. It’s one of my favorite books. Aries Jones is a soldier who is dealing with PTSD. I have many family members who serve this country and I spoke with them to get some insights to this awful syndrome. I plan on doing a fourth book in the series next year.

You’ve also written a few standalone novels; do you have any plans to turn them into a series or will you leave them as they are?

I would love to do another book after Graysen Cooper, but nothing yet. Listen, on the other hand,  has many more stories to tell.

I understand you’re a multi-genre author, you’ve written everything from romance to fantasy, did you it difficult to switch from one genre to another?

I’m not as good in some of the genres as I am in others, but it was fun to try. I’m working on my first Vampire book, and I have a thriller scheduled after that. I have no control when I start on a book, my muse pushes me into it.

When you write a book do you plan everything out in advance or are you a go with the flow person?

I don’t plan anything. I’m as surprised at the turn of events as they happen as the reader is. My characters speak to me, and while I’m writing they are in my dreams, which can be quite entertaining when you are working on a wester, a gang book, and a vampire one all at the same time.

Last question, can you share with us any projects you have in the works?

Blood Red, the Vampire book comes out in May, and I’ve started a thriller scheduled to be released in September. I’m also working on the second book in my Bride4s Of Benson historical Western series. It’s title, Dead In The Dust

For fun:

Favorite movie? The Last Of The Mohicans

Favorite dessert? Raspberry cheesecake or carrot cake, I can’t choose.

Best time of day to write? As soon as I wake up.

Favorite color? Blue

Current book you’re reading? I have three I’m trying to finish, Trailer Trash, by Crystal Benson, From Brat To Bronco, by Hunter Marshall, and Angels and Outlaws, by Amber Daniels

Keep in Touch with Robin

Author page;
https://www.facebook.com/jerirobinrance/

Reader’s group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Robinators/

Newsletter:
https://eepurl.com/djPQRn

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Robin-Rance/e/B01L2DRB3C/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/robin_rance

Bookbub:
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/robin-rance

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/robinrance_author/

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15708865.Robin_Rance

 

Street Hustle

Street Hustle

I never imagined I’d be a part of the world that Michael Williams lived in. His family was one of the wealthiest in the country, and I’d met him by chance…

My dream was always to help those who were less fortunate; especially the ones who were living with addictions. I’d lost my brother because of those things.

Then Michael Williams entered my life, unexpectedly. His piercing blue eyes almost made me forget about my dreams. Almost.

I’d even considered giving up everything I’d worked for and just focusing on us, Michael had all the money in the world, he was the sexiest man I’d ever seen, and he was into me – me!

Until fate forced my hand. I got a phone call from an old friend of my brother’s. I had to do the hardest thing that I’d ever done and break off the engagement, with the man I loved, or I would lose what I’d fought for my entire life.

I was crazy for Tempest Carson. When she was near me, all I could think about was what else I could do for her…

She was sexy, brash, and outspoken. Did I mention sexy? I asked her to marry me. My life couldn’t get better.

Then Tempest walked into my home and threw the engagement ring I’d given to her, in my face – without an explanation.

I had almost given up on us until I read a letter that she’d left for me.

This is the third book in the Street Smart series. Follow Tempest and Michael as they find themselves in the world of Sex trafficking, and drugs.

Blood Red

Blood Red

Natalia Darling was looking forward to spending her honeymoon in a modern-day castle with her new husband…

I needed to pee, so I waited for my maid of honor, to return from whatever she was doing, and help me find a larger bathroom stall. I wore my wedding dress, and my nervousness wasn’t going to let me wait until after my ceremony.

I could almost imagine my future husband standing in his finest suit waiting for me at the altar of one of the most prestigious churches in this city. And if Willow didn’t get here soon, I’d have to hunt for the restroom on my own or spend the entire ceremony dancing from side to side, in these heels.

That does it, I’ll find one myself, and Willow Jackson, you had better have a good explanation for not being here when I need you most…

And apparently she did, her hand was down the front of my husband to be’s dress pants, in the ladies room, in the back of the church, and once I stepped inside, they both tried to explain.

But how do you explain that kind of betrayal?

I’d scheduled the time off from work, I had the reservations for Castle Cozy in my purse, and I had a new outfit to wear every day of the week. Why shouldn’t I go ahead with our – correction my plans, and spend the time reflecting over what had gone wrong.

My plans were going great until I remembered that I hadn’t charged my phone earlier. So, after using the remainder of my charge on GPS, my cell died, and I got lost, in the middle of a blizzard, while searching for the castle.

Serhan Gorky…

I kept myself hidden in my small, modern-day castle in the Adirondacks. It was modern compared to my family’s castle in, Kaliningrad, and small was an understatement. However, it was mine and had been for nearly one hundred years.

I had to leave my home, and family behind. I was tired of being called a monster, and a bloodsucker. And the deciding factor had been when my wife betrayed me with my twin, and I couldn’t get past that.

The woods surrounding me were abundant with wildlife, and though I knew I’d occasionally miss the taste of human blood, I could survive on the blood the animals would provide.

I was comfortable here.

I had everything I needed.

Until her scent permeated the air.

     Follow Natalia as she discovers a world full of the monsters her father read to her about at night. But these monsters didn’t want to play nicely. 

 

Interview with Ingrid St. John

Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries, and horror. She grew from reading Nancy Drew and Francine Pascal to reading Brandon Massey, Michael Romkey, and Tananarive Due. It was after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street that inspired her into writing her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.

Ingrid currently resides in Northern California, and is looking forward to thrilling, and scaring you with more to come…

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In 6th Grade when I wrote my first soap opera. It was something for fun to have my friend’s read during recess. It was solidified the same year when I wrote a book of poetry for an art project and it won an award.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For my novella it took three months.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Mainly at night, sometimes between 2-4 hours per night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like building dialogue where physical altercations follow afterwards. 1980s’ Dynasty was excellent in that regard.

How do your books get published?

My debut novella HaUNTED is published independently through Southern Owl Publications.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Research for medical and police based dialogue, the news and scenarios that I concoct in my head.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

10 years old.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love watching horror movies. Cam and Pooka are on my watch list as a must see. Collecting vinyl, music is such a vital part of my life. Baking, hiking, playing really bad pool, collecting and reading graphic novels and comic books.

What does your family think of your writing?

When my mother threw away my soap operas when I was younger I did bother to share with her anymore. Fast forward to 2018 and she asked if she could read HaUNTED and she really liked it. My niece enjoyed the book as well, along with my boyfriend who promotes it every chance he gets.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I can be as descriptive and intense as I want.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

HaUNTED is my first and my favorite, naturally.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Be yourself. Create characters and stories of your choosing. Every writers approach to drafting the story will be different. Some like to outline, others may work on the characters essence. Dedicate to write even if it is an hour a day. Make your area where you write a haven that you want to come to until the book is completed.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Sometimes, most post their reviews online. One reader said they really enjoyed the story and did not put the book down until finished. Others want a sequel.

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes. The subject matter in my books are adult themed.

What do you think makes a good story?

The plot, tone, characters, and the overall universe the story is in.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Become an actor, which I did.

Any books in the works?

Yes. It will be the second book to HaUNTED. Not necessarily a sequel however, it introduces a character that is mentioned in HaUNTED.

What are your plans for the future?

Staying focused on the present, one day at a time, as I have a lot planned.

HaUNTED: A Novella

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You never know who you can trust…

Camille Isaacs has all that Hollywood devours – likability, looks, talent, and mass appeal. Her career is on the verge of stardom until a savage attack leaves Camille scarred and uncertain of her future in Hollywood. Now on the mend and getting her life and career back on track, Camille finds herself prey to a predator as she is faced with another demented attacker. Camille has a choice to make. Take her life back, or succumb to the perils that have been thrust in front of her yet again. Is the attacker coming for revenge, or is it a copycat? It’s survival of the direst circumstance. Can she make it out a second time?

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John/dp/1980873178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Amazon Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John-ebook/dp/B07C7HBT4K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Please visit Ingrid’s pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ingrid.stjohn.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridStJohn

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ingrid-St.-John/e/B07C7ZZJVC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1