Robin Cain – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My book is entitled, When Dreams Bleed. It’s a romantic suspense novel about a highly successful software genius at the top of his game. When suddenly faced with the bleak consequences of his infidelity, greed and dishonesty, he learns about the inescapable effect of karma.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in the Midwest, outside of Chicago, but moved to AZ about 25 years ago for a job and have been here ever since. It wasn’t until about eight years ago when I decided to finally write full time after attending a seminar on pursuing one’s writing dreams.

What inspired you to write this book?

The idea for the story actually came to me from a headline I saw in the newspaper while on vacation. It was about a woman’s body washing ashore at the local lake. No one could identify the body, no one has alerted the authorities that she was missing and I began to wonder what might have happened in her life where no one would notice she was even missing. As with any story, it just grew into a much larger one and became the subject matter of my book, WHEN DREAMS BLEED

How did you publish this book?

I queried agents and publishers for months. Becoming so disenchanted and disgusted with the whole “waiting game” and appalled at just how long people took to respond, I decided I wasn’t getting any younger and life was just too short. Particularly after writing my story about a woman’s unnoticed death, I decided to create my own publishing company and go for it. I hired an editor, cover designer, formatter and printing company and did the whole process myself.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I used to write plays for the neighborhood kids when I was little. We’d all take parts and put on shows for our friends and neighbors. Over the years, I took several classes and attended seminars, but never thought it would be something I could actually pursue for a living or a career. People always encouraged me to pursue it, but it’s not really until you reach a certain age or place in life that you begin to realize “if not now, when?”

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

I think the answer to that question changes over time. At first, I think it’s just believing in yourself and the words you put on paper. Now, I’m convinced marketing is harder than anything I’ve ever done! Writing is easy compared to getting your name out there so that people discover your work. There is just so much competition and it’s only getting worse.

How do you do research for your books?

I spend a HUGE amount of time on the Internet and in libraries.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Every written piece, whether it’s a book, a story or even an article, provides a learning lesson to a writer. We learn how to research more efficiently and thoroughly, how to frame a scene better than the last, how to add or subtract words to make something more interesting. I don’t know of a writer who doesn’t honestly learn with experience. My book experience taught me a tremendous amount about what to do and what not to do when it comes to publishing.

What are you reading now?

I try to support new artists as best I can, only because I know how difficult it is to get noticed in this business. I’m currently reading, NINE DAYS TO EXTINCTION by J.B. Sommers, which is her first novel.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m actually working on two. One (current working title, THE SECRETS MISS RABBIT KEPT) is a novel dealing with the difficult choices pregnant women have had to make over the years. The other novel is a follow-up to WHEN DREAMS BLEED.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

In regard to writing, I’d have to say, “Just do it!” Don’t let your editing brain take over before the story is done and on paper. Writers often tend to critique themselves as they go and it’s really a road block to creativity. In regard to publishing? Do your research before heading down any road. There are so many choices available to authors nowadays, so many paths that lead to the same destination, but so many landmines along the way if one isn’t knowledgeable about what it is they are doing.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

I have a website, http://www.robincain.com, where readers can find a sample of my novel, reviews on the book, as well as a link to the articles I write on relationships for The Examiner.

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