1) Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?

I don’t actually consider myself a romance author. I like to write stories
about real life, with characters and situations that people can relate to.
It just so happens that love and romance are huge and significant parts of
real life!

 

2) Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?

My initial inspiration was Helen Fielding (author of “Bridget Jones’
Diary”). She took a romantic classic (“Pride & Prejudice”) and turned it
into a modern, fun and funny novel. I love seeing the humour in life and
love. I believe it’s the key to maintaining sanity!

 

3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
projects.

My last novel was “Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis”. It’s about the breakup
of a marriage told from the wife’s and husband’s points of view in
alternating chapters. (I always think it’s incredible how men and women can
see the same situation so differently!) I’m mostly doing screenwriting now.
I’m working on a couple of feature film scripts with producers in LA and in
Vancouver. And I’m developing my memoir: “Mom, Will This Chicken Give Me Man
Boobs? My Confused, Guilt-Ridden and Stressful Struggle to Raise a Green
Family” into a TV series.

 

4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
published?

I live in Canada, so when I completed the manuscript for my first novel,
“The Journal of Mortifying Moments”, I sent it off to every publisher in the
country. And I was rejected by every publisher in the country. It was pretty
depressing but I decided not to give up. I submitted the manuscript to
agents and publishers in New York and London. On the same day, I got a call
from an agent in New York and a publisher in London!! I signed with the
agent and he sold my manuscript in six countries!! It isn’t easy to get
published. Talent, timing and perseverance all play roles in it.

 

5) What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the
indie route?

I think there are positives and negatives to the new publishing model.
Sometimes, an excellent book gets written and publishers just aren’t buying
for some reason. Now authors have another avenue to get their manuscript in
front of readers. On the flip side, I think there are some quality control
issues associated with e-books. Literally anyone can publish their work now.
Readers have to be careful that they’re not buying a poorly written,
unedited book. I recently retained the rights to my second novel, “The
Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom”. My publisher had stopped distributing and
promoting it, so now I offer it as a kindle e-book for a reduced price.

 

6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your
thoughts?

I wish I had the time, energy and focus to promote my books online, but I’ve
got a family and several screenwriting projects on the go. I rarely do any
online promotion. I don’t know if this hurts my sales, but I prefer to focus
on what I love: creative writing.

For more information on my books, visit my website! Thank you for
reading this interview!!

 

Info about the author:

Robyn Harding grew up in Quesnel, a logging town in northern British Columbia. To relieve her small town angst she turned to creative writing, hoping to become another S.E. Hinton and publish a novel at seventeen. She also hoped said novel would be made into a movie starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise whom she would fall in love with and eventually marry. She is now quite pleased that scenario didn’t pan out.

After high school, creative writing was relegated to a hobby and Robyn moved to Vancouver. She studied English Literature, journalism, and then marketing, eventually landing a job at an advertising agency. After seven years in the industry, Robyn left to raise her two young children and work as a freelance copywriter.

During this time, Robyn began to write fiction again. In 2004, she published her first novel, THE JOURNAL OF MORTIFYING MOMENTS. Since then, Robyn has continued to write: fiction, nonfiction and screenplays. She is thankful, everyday, that she gets to do what she loves for a living (except occasionally, when she’s cranky or stressed out, and she forgets to be thankful) .

Robyn and her family live in beautiful Vancouver, B.C.

To know more, please visit her website: http://www.robynharding.com/

To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:
 

 

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