My most recent book is titled Flesh Wounds and is my first full length contemporary romance that is not paranormal in nature. I decided to step away from vampires and write a “falling for the boy next door” themed novel. This story touches many different aspects of real life issues such as depression, single parent homes and even alcoholism. Real problems shared my real people, brought to light in a fictitious setting with lots of romance.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a small-town Texas girl, the mother of four teenagers. I still live within a few miles of my parents, family and even the very hospital where I was born. I was widowed a few years back and that event is probably the main reason why I decided to take a chance and do what I had always wanted to do…write.
I’m down to earth, often referring to myself as a “Koolaid” kind of girl.
I am nobody special and I don’t hold degrees in literature or anything one may expect of a multi-published author. Perhaps it could even be said that I was just lucky, unless you consider the dues I had to pay in order to get to where I am today. I’d say, I’m barely breaking even.
What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for this book was to create a hero or heroine that could be anyone, even the guy or girl next door. My usual genre is vampire romance, but the likelihood of someone finding true love with a vampire or other paranormal entity isn’t realistic, so I wanted to offer a romance that most definitely could be obtained by anyone anywhere.
Alcoholism, depression, drug addiction, and single parenting are facts of life and this story allowed me to bring those issues to the table and perhaps be seen in a different light with strong women and chivalrous men. Every day heroes, if you will.
Far too many people deal with these serious issues daily. And although Julia was at the end of her ordeal with depression when the story begins, it was important to show how easily a relapse could occur and how important a strong support system is.
This won’t be my last contemporary romance, but it may be the one to define the direction I take future stories.
How did you choose the title?
The title, Flesh Wounds, came very easily. The heroine, Julia Benson, bears a scar on her wrist where she had attempted suicide during a bout with depression while away at college. The idea that not all wounds are visible becomes apparent as you get to know her and her story and discover what drove her to such desperate measures.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Picking names for characters can be difficult. Taking into consideration the time period, location and genre plays a big part in that endeavor. I usually decide the ethnicity, age and geographical location of each character then research accordingly. For instance, I wouldn’t name a sexy vampire born in the seventeenth century, Brice or Rashawn, nor would I choose Julio for an Scottish Highlander. The names must be relevant to the character and everything surrounding them.
Most times a lot of factors come into play when naming characters, but sometimes, believe it or not, they’ve actually been known to name themselves.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
If you’re asking about writing in general, the answer is easy. If I were to do it all over again, I would have taken writing or journalism classes as a young woman and started pursuing my writing career twenty tears earlier. All of that would have to be contingent on whether or not I would still have my kids though. If changing history meant not having them, then I wouldn’t change a single aspect of anything!
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Currently, I’m back to writing a vampire/paranormal romance to be released sometime next year.
I have one full length paranormal novel releasing in November and a contemporary Christmas novella due out in December.
2012 is already promising to be busy, so there’s no telling what I may be up to. Whatever it is though, you can bet I am making the most of it.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I can offer anyone is to, first and foremost, develop tougher skin.
I recall a scene in the movie, “A League of Their Own”, where Tom Hanks’ character becomes overwhelmed by the emotional outbursts of the women he coached, and complained, “There’s no crying in baseball!”
Well, there can be lots of crying in the publishing industry. Rejection and criticism hurts like crazy and nothing can rip your heart out more than a bad review or not being able to find a home for your “baby.”
Stick with it and surround yourself with other authors and writers who understand how you feel and what you’re going through firsthand. Family and friends are wonderful, but even so, nobody can get you though a writing crisis like another writer. And finally, take every piece of advice to heart. What may seem insignificant today, may be just what you need to get you though tomorrow.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
“Flesh Wounds” can be found on Amazon.
More links leading to my hideouts may be found on my Blog, “Sealed with a Kiss”: http://robinbadillo.blogspot.com/