Robin Renee Ray
Robin: 48 kissing 49
Where are you from?
Robin: Southern Texas but have lived in New Mexico for more than 25 years.
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life ect:
Robin: I am known as a Multi-genre Author. I’ve only been writing for five and a half years, but I’ve come to love everything about the world of being a novelist. I began in the paranormal romance genre then jumped into horror, and then right on into suspense thrillers. I must add that writing the short horror reads would be my favorite thing out of all the genres that I put my hand to. 18 novels and numerous short stories later, some say that I am well on my way? ; ) I now resides in Southern New Mexico with my husband, David, and we live very close to our two beautiful granddaughters.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Robin: I am so excited about book two in my Bloodbreeders series, The Revenge being release this month, Jan 2012, with Hellfire Publishing…as well as Arrival of the Prophecy another full length novel that shows my love of the paranormal werewolf world which is also being released this month with Vamptasy Publishing. Very exciting
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Robin: I had never had any dreams of being a writer, never really even wrote much more than a postcard my entire life, but along came my first muse in the shape of a wonderful new born baby. I looked down into my first born grandchild’s face the second she was born and knew something more than her birth had just changed in my life. My grand’s are the reason that I put pencil to paper that very first time and have continued ever since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Robin: Not until I became published and had the first outside people, not family, say they enjoyed my work. ; ) I wrote four of those years almost non-stop but just didn’t feel like I was a real novelist until others actually told me that I was. Strange to feel that way, I know, but starting out at the age I did, I guess I needed the confirmation..LOL
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Robin: Well, other than my grand’s bringing this old brain to life, it would be the place that my first book Bloodbreeders Living in Darkness starts out and that would be the little town of less than 60 people, Burkett Texas, where my mother was born and raised that put the seed of creation into my mind. Bet she never thought I would base a vampire novel on her life and hometown…but the place is hauntingly beautiful!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Robin: Yeah, my style..LOL I have no training, no schooling to speak of, and I write with what others call a raw talent. When you have a Dyslexic disorder and an education that spans into two weeks of the tenth grade of High School, you tend to create your own style, and yes, I am still a pecker and more than likely always will be..LOL
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Robin: I have forever been a freak on horror movies and anything that puts the chills up the spine…I wanted this series to be different from anything I had ever read, or seen in a movie. Though the book is about vampires, you will not find the word anywhere in the five book series. Bloodbreeders had popped into my head the moment I began writing the story. I figured they bred by way of the blood, so bloodbreeders it was. ; )
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Robin: Not really…I would just want them to enjoy the fact that the series is a running story of the world of the Bloodbreeders and it doesn’t much have anything to do with the outside world. Survival is a HUGE point in this first book. Humans are either on the menu or they’re the eyes when my characters can’t use their own.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Robin: Other than my main female character meeting her night walking maker, the entire beginning of this book is based on facts. The series never comes into the ‘now’ and I do my best to keep it as real to the 30’s and 40’s as I could, getting the information of the times and area straight from my mother who lived it. The cemetery in the book is the very one that anyone can visit to this day and find a few headstones that are in the book. I loved using family history to write a great deal of this first book.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Robin: Yes, right up to the point that my main female character is bitten on the neck. ; ) Then the fantasy begins. Though I have added people and their personalities through the whole series..LOL
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Robin: Above all others…Alfred Hitchcock and anything he has ever made, movie wise, or written. However, since him there are writers like Stephen King and Laurell K Hamilton and so many more.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Robin: I would have to say two, Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Robin: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…my daughter turned me on to it and I would have to say…Pick it up, you will not be sorry! So far, I am loving it!!!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Robin: Absolutely and everyday it seems. Savannah Rayne, Keira Kroft, Edward McKeown, Christie Silvers and the list just goes on and on!!!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Robin: I have this little thing about starting more things than I should without finishing what I have going first, so I have more than a few projects in the works..LOL
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Robin: For the rest of my life!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Robin: Not one thing…I say stick with your guts on all counts in life. Even if you have made a mistake you’ve learned something from it. 😉
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Robin: I think it began when I starting reading in my mid-30’s…yep, I was a late bloomer, so to speak..LOL My daughter was in college and she brought me the first 8 books in Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, I was hooked after that but didn’t even dream of writing until after that first grand was born.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Robin: I am working on completely a few novels right now, once I get around a few edits projects, but the main thing I am looking forward to in 2012 is writing my father-in-laws person bio. It will be a dream come true. He is my real-life Hero!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Robin: I haven’t found anything as far as writing in concerned. But I do find it a challenge when it comes to finding the peace and time that one’s needs to complete a project.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Robin: I would have to say Stephen King as a whole. He says, and I love this, if you have to look words up to put in a paragraph or a piece of dialog then you have the wrong. I dig that because I write the way that I talk. Most would say that my work is simple and you don’t need a dictionary to figure things out.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Robin: Only when it comes to making a conference or hitting something I’ve been invited to. In October of 2011 my Bloodbreeders book one, Living in Darkness got me invited to the Anne Rice Vampire’s Ball in New Orleans, which was a 2000 mile round trip for me. I had a blast and am still in shock at meeting so many wonderful authors, one being the amazing Laurell K Hamilton.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Robin: Dara England does both of my books from Decadent and Hellfire Publishing and Nicola Ormerod does them with the company in the UK, Vamptasy Publishing. I personally think they do out-standing work!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Robin: The first book was the hardest for me because I had no skill with typing, spelling, or the knowledge of proper grammar. 😉 So I wrote it on 4 tablets and with several pencils. That first year was a rocky start, and I am still a pecker on the keyboard and always will be..LOL
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Robin: Oh yes…that even a drop-out from the 70’s that has a learning disorder can do anything they put their minds and heart too! I learned to stop saying, “I can’t!”
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Robin: Never, ever give up…even when the old dark enemy called writer’s block comes a knocking on the ole brain pan. Take a walk, open a blank page and hit something else for a while, or what I love to do…soak in a nice hot bubble bath to your favorite jams. Those thoughts on what you originally started with will without a doubt, come flowing back in.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Robin: Listen to your heart…It knows you better than anyone around you and even yourself!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
Robin: Well, at my age, I’ve pretty much already done it..LOL I was a cook for 25 years and I also cleaned homes for a living. Not the best two jobs on earth, but they were honest and when you have no education you do what you can to support your family. Then, of course, I had the best job on earth…I was and am still a mother. Like I said, I had already done everything I had ever wanted to do. This is all icing on the cake.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Robin: I do! http://www.robinreneeray.blogspot.com
Thank you so much for allowing me this time to share part of my world with you, Fiona. It has truly been a blast!
Where to find me: http://www.hellfirepublishing.com