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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: http://www.robinbadillo.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-Badillo
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: http://www.extasybooks.com/flesh-wounds-2/
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.