Interview & Contest: Robin Kaye

Jen:  Today we welcome Robin Kaye to Romancing the Book to tell us about her newest release, CALL ME WILD.

Robin: CALL ME WILD is a story Jessie James, a sports reporter who is laid off from her job at The Times and takes a dare from her best friend to sublet her apartment in Manhattan and go to live in his second house in Boise, Idaho rent-free to write the book she’s always talked about. Since she needs to make money quickly, she decides to write a romance—after all they’re formulaic, so how hard could it be? Jessie buys a dozen romances to find out exactly what the formula is since she’s never read one and doesn’t believe in romantic love.

When Jessie meets Fisher Kincaid, she draws so many wrong first impressions it’s comical. He sets his sights on Jessie, finds out what she’s trying to do, and offers himself as a research assistant. When his crazy family gets involved, all hell breaks loose.

Jen:  Why do you write romance?

Robin: I write romance because I love it. Plain and simple. I’ve been a book-a-day reader since I was very young. I started reading my dad’s books by the time I was in first grade, which had librarians giving me strange looks—there aren’t many kids who request George Eliot’s SILAS MARNER. As much as I’ve always read, I didn’t read a romance until 2000—or so I thought. Thinking back, most of the books I read (my dad’s books) had strong romantic elements. When I realized the two books I picked up at Target were romances, I was hooked and have been reading and writing them ever since.

Jen: Is there a genre you want to try or one you’ll stay away from?

Robin: An editor I greatly respect and admire has asked me to write women’s fiction for her. I had never really thought about switching genres before, and I’m still not sure I will, but if I come up with a great idea for a women’s fiction, I might give it a try. I don’t like horror, so I can’t ever imagine myself writing it. Life is scary enough—I don’t get a thrill from fear, and can’t imagine ever writing anything scary.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Robin:  In a perfect world, I write Tuesdays through Thursdays, I work on blogs, business, and run errands and take the kids to appointments and whatnot on Mondays and Friday. I’m supposed to have Saturdays off, and Sundays are spent with my critique group. Unfortunately for me, I’ve never had a solid week where I could actually follow my schedule.

Working at home is a mixed blessing in that respect. What usually happens is I do my best to follow my routine, and it all gets thrown out the window when I’m close to deadline and the book isn’t close to being finished. During crunch times I write 18 -20 hours a day. My last project was the first time I actually finished before my due date. I’m quite proud of myself. <vbg>

Jen: If you could time-travel, where would you go and what would you take with you?

Robin:  I’d go to New York during the roaring twenties and hang out with my grandmother who, at the time, was a flapper. I guess my cellphone wouldn’t do much good, huh? I’d probably bring control-top pantyhose and tampons. What can I say, I’m practical if nothing else…

Jen:  What’s next for you?

Robin:  I’m really excited about a new series—Bad Boys of Red Hook, I have coming out in December. HOMETOWN GIRL, a novella to introduce the series will be out early in the month, and BACK TO YOU: BAD BOYS OF RED HOOK will be released December 31st. I’m thrilled to be writing about Brooklyn again! The series is a little grittier than my Domestic Gods series, but still has plenty of humor in it. It’s been a lot of fun to work on.

I’m also working on A LITTLE ON THE WILD SIDE—Trapper Kincaid’s book—the next installment in the Domestic Gods Gone Wild series, and planning a book for Karma and maybe even one for Andrew (who you’ll meet in CALL ME WILD). I’m amazed by all the fan mail asking me to make sure Andrew gets his happily ever after—people are genuinely worried about him. That, in my book, is the highest of compliments.

Jen: Please share a short bio with us.

Robin:  Robin Kaye was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents. Living with an extended family that’s a cross between Gilligan’s Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.

She’s lived in half a dozen states from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a three-legged cat with a bad attitude.


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We have a last minute addition to our interview!  Sourcebooks is giving away two copies of Call Me Wild to two random commenters.  They have asked that the contest only be open to those with US & Canadian addresses only.

Because  we already have comments on the blog, we won’t be using Rafflecopter.  We only ask that your comment be meaningful or ask Robin a question to be entered.

The winners will be notified via email (the one you used to leave your comment) on Sunday, August 26.


32 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Robin Kaye

  1. New York in the roaring 20’s…oh the trouble you could get yourself into! LOL I did laugh at your tampons response. I swear…If I ever went back in time…like REALLY back in time to say, the 1500’s or 1700;s, I’d take a life time supply! LOL

    Cute interview

    • Cynthia~ It was between tampons or antibiotics–I’d probably bring both because I catch everything going around. I’m sure if I had been born before non-penicillin antibiotics were around, I wouldn’t have lived long! And yes, could you imagine the fun I could have? My grandmother was a real wild woman back then!

  2. Gail Fuller says:

    I love reading Robyn Kaye books. They always make me smile and take me away on a wild ride every time. Keep those books coming! 🙂

  3. Thanks, Gail! I’m working on it. I hope you’ll check out Back To Me: Bad Boys of Red Hook–I’m so excited about the new series–not that I’m not continuing with my Domestic Gods, but it’s nice to write about Brooklyn Boys again!

  4. Cheryl Tomlinson says:

    Robin, I haven’t read a book of yours that I didn’t like! I have LOVED them all so far! Keep up the wonderful & awesome writing!! You ROCK! As a matter of fact, my sex life with my husband has so improved because of your books. I’m serious! He keeps asking when your next book is due out! Love you & your books Robin!!

  5. Maria D. says:

    Fun interview! Thanks for all of the info about Call Me Wild – sounds like a fun book. Please no horror….lol…can’t stand it! Thanks for all of the info on the upcoming books.

    • I’m with you, Maria. If I want to have the spit scared out of me, all I have to do is go look at my teenagers bedrooms! Life is scary enough, I like happily ever afters, some hot love scenes and a few laughs along the way.

  6. Leanna H says:

    I fell in love with Robin when I picked up a book from the domestic gods series st the library. Now I own several of her books. Can’t wait for the new books.

  7. Na says:

    It’s wonderful that you write romance because you love it. Ithink when you write about something you enjoy reading it can really help inspire you and you’re likely to have fun doing it. I know I read romance because I love the HEAs 🙂

    • Na~ I feel really blessed that I’m able to work at something I love. I can’t imagine ever not writing–it’s not always fun, but when it is–it’s magical. I live for those times when the writing is going well or when I pick up a book and am totally immersed in a world of someone else’s making. That’s always a good thing!

  8. Jolene A says:

    Thanks for the interview, I always enjoy learning more about authors. My dad was always a huge reader and I spent summer’s with him. While he was at work I would raid his bookcase and I picked up his love of Dean Koontz. It wasn’t till I was much older that I started reading romances and I never looked back 🙂

  9. Andie Wardlow says:

    I’m a book a day girl too! Gotta love it. I’ve read some really good reviews for Call Me Wild…can’t wait to read this series…off to Amazon to check out the first book in the series.

    • Thanks! The reviews have been wonderful and I’m thrilled about that. It’s hard to know when you’re writing what everyone else will think. I think I’ve gotten the best reviews so far on Call Me Wild.

    • Thanks! I’ve been thrilled with all the reviews. It’s hard to know when you’re writing what everyone else will think. I think I’ve gotten the best reviews so far on Call Me Wild.

  10. JOYE says:

    Enjoyed reading the comments. You like Brooklyn and I do too. I recall in high school, I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Loved it. That was my first notice of that city.
    Your book sounds really good.

    • One of the things I love about Brooklyn is how different all the neighborhoods are. Park Slope and Red Hook are distinctly different–as is Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights. I’m just moving from one neighborhood to the next. I’ll never run out of material!

  11. Patti P says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. It made me smile to think about you hanging out with your grandmother. My grandma was a hoot and I would have loved to have known her when she was in her prime. 🙂 I can’t wait to read this next book in the Domestic Gods series.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • My grandmother–well, both of them were great. One grew up with Lou Gehrig (they lived in the same apartment building and were good friends). She could knit, read a book, watch a baseball game and carry on a conversation at the same time.

      My Italian grandmother was born in Brooklyn–the youngest of ten children she was sent to live with her aunt in Tunis who had no children. She grew up in Tunis and then moved to Brooklyn when she was 18 when her mother found out she wanted to marry a big time Sheik. She was a flapper and very independent. She didn’t marry until she was 28–very late in life at that time. She always said her mother forced her to marry my grandfather, though Aunt Lucy said she chased him–he really was a hottie.

  12. Linda Mc says:

    I like how Jessie thinks it will be easy to write a romance and make money. Hah! Is she is for a rude awakening! This books sounds great.

  13. Jen @ RtB says:

    Using, our contest winners are Gwyn and Na. They have each been notified via email and have until Sept 5th to claim their prizes.

    Congrats ladies!!

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