Blogoversary Day 19: Robin Badillo

Jen: Please help me welcome Robin Badillo to Romancing the Book as today’s guest. Robin, will you please share a short bio with us?

Robin: I’m so happy to be here, Jen.

I am the mother of four terrific kids, two boys and two girls, and a rescued pup named Maxie, who has her own Facebook page. Go figure!

Living in East Texas near Houston, I enjoy the pleasures of small town life. Although I have dreams to see the world, I would be satisfied just to explore more of the US.

For quality family time, I love to watch old romantic movies and musicals with my daughters and then switch it up and watch nitty-gritty action movies and westerns with my sons. Any time with them, laughing and just having fun, is my idea of paradise.

I generally write full length paranormal vampire romance, but I’ve tried my hand with a new genre or two. I’m enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing the envelope on the stories I write and I hope readers are just as thrilled as I am with the chances I take. After all, without them, there is no reason to write.

As a final note, I am a firm believer that it’s true what they say… Grey Hair is God’s Graffiti!

Jen: Tell us about Blood Hunter-The Return and where it can be purchased.

Robin: The Return is the final installment of my Blood Hunter Trilogy. This will be the story that ties the entire series up into a nice neat little bow and will hopefully give readers the end they’ve been asking for… maybe. The characters from the first two books will come face to face in this installment and either resolve old issues or develop new ones. How it all turns out, remains to be seen.

The first few weeks, The Return, will be found at eXtasybooks.com before hitting Amazon and other third party retailers.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Robin: Whew! Good question.

I started writing as a kid. I dabbled in poetry mostly and penned a few personal musings about life in general that I kept in a journal for my own personal growth.

As far as seriously writing with the intent of being published, well that happened in 2009. My husband passed away suddenly in 2006 leaving me with the four kids already mentioned, and I found myself with limited skills and an abundance of determination to change things around, take control and see to it that my kids had someone they could count on. Writing started out at a therapeutic way to express myself but morphed, quite literally, overnight when the right people pointed me in the right directions.

I started researching and absorbing all I could about the do’s and don’ts until I finally had a manuscript that didn’t make me cringe when someone else read it.

My first book was e-published through Devine Destinies in October of 2010 and the rest is, as they say, history.

The Return is number seven and being published through Devine Destinies main publishing company, eXtasy Books. I have two more single titled books to release later this year, also from eXtasy Books.

I’d like to think my husband pulled some strings up in heaven and is still doing what he did best which was taking care of us.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Robin: I am what they call a ‘pantser’. The story usually starts out as a conversation between two characters or maybe a conflict and the rest of the details just start to filter in. The characters reveal themselves to me when they are ready and not a moment until then. They get themselves into trouble and I rely on them to find their way out. They do a pretty good job. The relationship is working rather well for us all so far.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Robin: I have had certain scenes reveal themselves while driving, just before I fall to sleep or even while cooking dinner, washing dishes or brushing my teeth. You will find paper, spirals, notepads and an assortment of pens and pencils scattered throughout my vehicle, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc. Usually the information comes at an inconvenient moment, but I manage as best as I can and my kids take really good notes.

Jen: What are your biggest motivations to write? What keeps you going?

Robin: My best motivation is a limitless imagination and ideas usually start with my favorite three words in the whole world… ‘Hey, what if…?’

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Robin: I started out with sweet romance and eventually drifted toward erotic romance. That being said, my erotic romance is sensual and revolves more around monogamous relationships. I shy away from vulgar or abusive language or abusive storylines unless it comes from the antagonist. One you may find a few four letter words from time to time, but it’s entirely necessary to the character and/or story and not just for lack of better words.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Robin: The editors at Devine Destinies and eXtasy are fantastic. My work is given the utmost respect and my creativity has been given leeway to be what it was meant to be through my eyes and in my voice. I’ve yet to have a story dismantled or torn apart…knock on wood! I’ve met other authors who have not been as fortunate and I couldn’t imagine that happening with my publisher and/or editors.

Jen: If The Return was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Robin: Ahhh! Fun!

As for my two heroes, Jason Craft would be played by Cam Gigandet (Burlesque/ James: Twilight) or Joseph Morgan (Klous: Vampire Diaries).

Thorne Abbott would be best portrayed by a young Chris Hemsworth (Thor) or perhaps, Jenson Ackles (Supernatural).

My heroines would have to be, Blake Lively (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) or Rachel Wood (True Blood) sporting red hair, of course, to be Jazmine Fabré and Raven Prince would best be portrayed by, Camilla Belle (Push) or Mila Kunis (That 70’s Show).

Goodness! That was harder than I thought.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now? 

Robin: I don’t have a favorite author. I like a variety of genres so I skip around when it comes to what I read. When I do, it’s usually new releases of my closest author friends. Right now, I’m reading The Wet Reunion of Two Souls by S. E. Holden, and I just finished Make Me Sweat by Avril Ashton. Both great examples of totally different genres, and also new and upcoming authors.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Robin: If I survive the summer heat, my first contemporary romance, “Flesh Wounds”, will be out in September. This is the first full length novel that has no fangs or paranormal anything and I am pretty excited about it.

Then, get ready for another paranormal romance, “Midnight Beckoning” that goes right back into the paranormal action with damphyrs, incubi and a little magic thrown in just for fun. Look for that in November.

If all goes as planned, my first Christmas short story, “The Long Way Home” will release later this fall as well, just in time for the holidays.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Robin: I can be easily stalked all over the web.
Website: http://www.robinbadillo.com
Blog- Sealed with a Kiss: http://www.robinbadillo.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.badillo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Robin_Badillo

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Robin: Absolutely. Where do you go when you want to download a new book to read? Is there some place you would like to find authors as well as their books? Let me know and I will follow you to the party.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a download of Blood Hunter: The Beginning.  If the winner has already read that book, they may continue the series with The Betrayal or The Return.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a comment for entry.
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Monday, May 25.
Purchase Links