Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview with Robin Badillo

You know Robin Badillo for her paranormal romances you can sink your teeth into, but she also pens romantic tales with a southern flare. Let's give her a warm welcome.

***Contest: Robin will be giving away a pdf copy of Flesh Wounds to one lucky commenter.  Don't forget to leave your email information so we may contact you if you should win. (**For this contest you must be 17 or older. Sorry, not exceptions.)

Let’s start by telling the readers a little about yourself:

I am a single mother of four great kids, all of them teenagers now. I am this above all other roles in my life, including a writer.
I live in a small Texas town, not far from my parents and grandparents. 

We have a couple of very naughty rescued dogs, who wear me out more than the kids sometimes.

I love music. You may find me listening to Aerosmith or Def Leopard one minute or Jay-Z and Beyoncé the next. And my music list wouldn’t be complete without a little old school R&B, Blues and some downhome country. If it’s got a beat, I’m ready to listen.
I’ve often referred to myself as a kool-aid kind of girl…simply put, what you see is what you get.

Tell us about your new release, Flesh Wounds. You usually pen paranormal tales, what inspired you to write your first full-length contemporary romance?

The first book I ever wrote was hand written during a pretty tough time in my life. It was a contemporary, May/December type romance set on a vineyard in Central Mexico. I have yet to type it up and probably never will, so although my breakout novels were of the paranormal (vampire) variety, I’ve always known that I had it in me to write fang-free characters. I live in Texas, so naturally I try to write from a southern point of view. There is much to be said about small town living and much more scandal than one would expect.

Tell us about your heroine of the story, Julia Benson. What is she like? What are your weaknesses and strengths? What is her impression of the hero of the story, Dylan Banks?

Julia Benson could be any girl and just like any person on the planet, she comes with dark secrets and bouts with human issues such as depression. As with most women who’ve ever been in love, hurt by a relationship or disappointed by someone we look up to, sadness and sometimes severe depression can rock ones world. Julia faced most of her darkness alone, while away at college.

She’d been fortunate, though, to have had a real friend like Dylan in her life as a kid and although their friendship had dwindled, somehow she always knew he was still her friend, just different.

Julia has a lot to learn about life and even more to learn about herself and her strengths. She can’t do any of that alone and that may be the hardest lesson of all to lean.

Tell us about Dylan. What is he like? What does he see in Julia that he has held a flame for her for so many years? What are his strengths and weaknesses?

Dylan was raised by his wise and patient grandmother. His mother died when he was four years old, and although he never really knew her, he sensed the strength she’d exuded while fighting the cancer that eventually defeated her.

Having been surrounded by women, he learned early on about inner beauty and how a man could and should be chivalrous.

Julia was broken at an early age which he’d witnessed it firsthand. For Dylan, being the kind of boy he was and the kind of man he later became, he sees vulnerability as his cue to jump in and save the day. That could be a weakness and a strength. Coming to the rescue of Julia or other women in his life sometimes leaves him a bit tattered and abused. His biggest issue is probably learning how to say ‘No’.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The most rewarding thing about writing is seeing something that came from the dark recesses of my mind become a real story that others enjoy reading. When a reader shoots me an email or comments on a blog saying how much they loved something I’ve written, I feel like I’ve given them a part of me and want to do it again and again.

What are your current projects and works in progress?

At the moment, I am currently working on another vampire story. This will be like nothing I have ever seen. I can’t go into a lot of detail, but I can say that I will be tackling fantasy elements of time travel and magic in ways I’ve never done. In the meantime, I am gearing up for two more releases later this year, one, Midnight Beckoning, a dark, epic vampire/damphyr/demon filled novel and another, The Long Way Home, a contemporary interracial Christmas novella.

Do you have a favorite reference book or website?

I use a lot of websites for a million different reasons, such as Google translate, Google maps, and just Google in general…yes, I’m an author and I Google. I often research cities, history and especially legends and folklore. It’s exciting how just typing a couple of words into a search engine can bring the world right to your feet.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

I can be found in several places…
Blog - Sealed with a Kiss:
Just Google me, you’re bound to find something. LOL!

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

I’d like to encourage readers to give new/unknown authors a chance. It’s usually a safe bet that reading books from famous authors will garner you a great story to add to your collection, but there are so many talented authors out there with wonderful stories just waiting to share a piece of themselves with you. Give ‘em a shot. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

For your own copy of Flesh Wounds you may purchase a copy at eXtasy Books… Buy link:
It will soon be available at Amazon, All Romance Books, Trapezium and several other third party retailers.  Robin always post links on Facebook and Twitter the moment her books are available elsewhere. 

Thank you so much for joining us today. I wish you the very best with your new release.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for coming by and sharing. I love your JT cover. Was it what you imagined your cover would look like?

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for having me. The interview was fresh and different from other blogs. I look forward to speaking with visitors! ;-)

Bethany said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview! Good to see your take on your characters, Robin. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and writing.

Please enter me for the contest, I'd love to win a copy of FLESH WOUNDS:

Jennifer Labelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview Robin. This sounds like another great read to add to my TBR pile. :)


Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Robin,

I do love the book cover! I enjoyed your post, too. I like learning a little about the characters that make up the story.

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me in the drawing.

cnickol at verizon dot net

Shadow said... Best Blogger Tips

great interview! your book sounds good! id love a chance to read it! thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

Just wanted to pop in and thank everyone for stopping by and wish you all luck!!
Karen, I actually picked out the JT picture that was used! Jimmy is gorgeous and is on several of my covers. There's no such thing as too much Jimmy! LOL!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I totally agree about not having too much JT. I create book covers for Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing and The Western Trail Blazers and I tend to look at his website first for my photos. lol

Nightingale said... Best Blogger Tips

I live in Texas too Robin but have never been tempted to write about cowboys or anything local. Enjoyed the interview and the introduction to your books.

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

@Nightingale, hello neighbor! LOL! I hadn't thought to create characters from Texas either, often choosing large cities much more north. But when the idea to write a "boy next door" scenario first blossomed, it was only natural to write what I know. Don't expect Dylan to be a cowboy, though. He's just a good ol' southern boy who was raised right and knows how to treat a lady.

Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice to meet another Texas gal, Robin. Can't keep us Texas ladies down, right?

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

You're right about that, Caroline! And so very nice to meet you, too!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Robin,

I haven't read many erotic tale. I have to admit, the explicit language for the sex scenes is shocking at times.

I'm curious, do you find it difficult to write the explicit scenes? Is there a guide to what words to use?

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so glad you asked that Cathy.
I am one of those authors who struggles with explicit scenes so although my books are sensual, the language you may be referring to is NOT in any of my books.
I think when people see "erotica" they automatically think graphic sex, sex, sex. I get it, I really do and I have never been an erotic reader either. Although important part of each book, my stories have a little sex mixed in with the story-line, not a little story-line mixed in with sex. LOL!
I use profanity only when necessary to a character or situation, but not in a love scene. I will admit that some "small" body parts get slipped in here and there, but I work hard to keep it tasteful.
I refer to the act itself as making love, never the "F" word, and although the "F" word does slip in here and there, depending on the instance, it's usually because it plays well in the scene, usually an argument, said in anger.
If you ever have a chance to read one of my books, let me know if you agree with my answer. I'd love the feedback.
Thanks for the great question.

Eva's Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview! I like to read interviews where you talk about how your characters come about, very interestihg tidbits.


Teresa Tio Miller said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great interview! I was already putting your book on my to read list from reading it's description, but now it has moved to my MUST read list!

Please enter me for the contest! teresa dot miller at tigerblossom dot com

Robin_Badillo said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you all for entering the contest, commenting and taking time out of their day to come say hello! I enjoyed this week and hope to return sometime soon.
A super special thank you to Karen for hosting me. You rock, honey!
It's decision time!!!!
Using a very scientific method to choose a winner, (consisting of my 13yr old pulling your name from a hat)
I am very pleased to announce the winner of the free PDF copy of my book, "Flesh Wounds" is....
drum role please......
Eva's Flowers, you are the WINNER!!!
Karen will be contacting you shortly and you will have your PDF ASAP!
Thank you again for the fun week!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations Eva's Flowers! I'm sending you the pdf copy of Flesh Wounds now so look for it in your email!

Thank you everyone for coming by.

Thank you again, Robin. I wish you the very best with your new release.