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.
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.