Today on 20 Questions With, please help me welcome fellow Crimson Romance author, Robyn Neeley!
Here’s a bit about Robyn…
Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know.
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Robyn’s new contemporary romance, Destination Wedding, is available now from Crimson Romance!
Back Cover Blurb:
Wedding planner Kate Ashby’s fear of flying is eased by a sexy stranger and one slow lip lock that rockets her into another orbit.
CEO Luke Cannon has just traded seats with his identical twin. Little did he know that an innocent kiss while pretending he was his brother would soon create havoc.
What happens in the air doesn’t stay up there. Once on tropical land, Kate believes that the handsome stranger who gave her the best kiss of her life is now her new client, Drew Cannon, fiancé to the beautiful and wealthy Lauren Kincaid. While Kate struggles with the intense feelings she thinks she has for Drew, Luke discovers Kate’s been hired to plan his brother’s destination wedding. He also realizes the initial sparks they shared 30,000 feet up are now mistakenly aimed at Drew.
Can Luke get Kate to realize that the feelings she has are for him? He’s got forty-eight hours in paradise to try.
“I do. I do.” Wedding planner Kate Ashby quietly repeated her calming mantra. Paralyzed in her window seat, she stared at the illuminated fasten seatbelt sign while her hands gripped the metal buckle strap.
Please turn off. Please turn off. They had to be close to cruising altitude. Soon, she’d be able to request a strong drink to knock her out for the duration of this bumpy flight.
She sat still, trying to ignore the terror pulsating through her. Why hadn’t she bought sleeping pills before boarding a twelve-hour flight from New York City to Hawaii? Now, that would have been the smart thing to do.
Glancing out the tiny passenger window, she clutched her gold “K” necklace. It was completely irrational to be terrified and she realized the odds of her and her fellow passengers landing safely in Honolulu were more than in her favor. Still, this was her first time flying such a long duration. Departing Manhattan this evening in turbulent thunderstorms had shot her nerves. She was grateful that her boss had sprung for a first class ticket for the long flight.
A loud rattle caused her to grab hold to her armrests. “What was that?” She turned to the stranger sitting next to her. He had short blondish brown hair and was wearing a blue blazer. His face had a nice tan. She had failed to realize that her row mate was incredibly handsome. Usually the person sitting next to her was a grandparent or couldn’t speak English. Perhaps he could help her ease her nerves?
”Um … I think it’s the drink cart. Would you like something?” He folded his Wall Street Journal.
Sexy and smart.
“I’ll take a tequila and tonic,” he said to the flight attendant.
And likes his drinks strong. This could be fun.
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Now on to The Questions.
The first ten are the ‘author-ly’ set:
1. How did you come up with the title for this book?
The titles for my books have an interesting twist to them so Destination Wedding was pretty simple. I’m hoping readers pick up on the irony and enjoy my books even more.
2. What did you learn from writing this book?
I learned how much fun it can be to write strong secondary characters. I adore Kate and Luke but some of the best laugh-out-loud lines come from Luke’s brother, Drew and Kate’s assistant, Miles. I wish I could hang out with these guys outside of my head!
3. What made you become an author?
I write a lot for my profession (newsletters/promotion material), but I never thought I’d write a book. A couple of years ago, I jotted some words down on a notepad while commuting to work after a particularly sad event. Those words ended up being the prologue to my upcoming holiday romance, Christmas Dinner.
4. How do you get the ideas for your books?
Real life experiences, television, movies, etc… I always have my eyes open and ears to the ground. I like to tackle real life experiences in my books. For Destination Wedding I tackle fear of flying – I hate to fly and have silly rituals to get me through a flight. I thought it would be fun to open Destination Wedding on a play with my heroine who is deathly afraid to fly. Of course what happens to her in chapter one has NEVER happened to meJ. You get a sneak peek above.
5. What’s your favorite book on the craft of writing?
I love Save the Cat and recommend it to everyone. Other than that, though, I don’t read many craft books. I am a fan of taking online workshops through Savvy Authors and find several educational blog posts on Romance University extremely helpful.
6. What’s the toughest criticism you’ve received as a writer? The best compliment?
Starting out, I received all kinds of feedback. I loved it. Because I write romantic comedy I always struggle with internal conflict and the toughest criticism is usually not making the internal conflict compelling. I’m working on it!
Lori Wilde said in an e-mail once that I was a natural at writing romance. That was a very good day!
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Start writing and get feedback along the way! When I first started I entered RWA chapter contests not to win but to get honest feedback. That was soooooo invaluable. Plus, in the beginning I was too afraid to share my work with people I knew. Sharing it with strangers – via contests – was so much easier.
If you can, consider taking an online mentoring class. Savvy Authors often offers these throughout the year. My writing grew leaps and bounds thanks to my mentors feedback (she was tough!); experience and support.
8. Who are your favorite authors?
I love Nichols Sparks and his twists. I have a big twist in Christmas Dinner – I don’t know if it’s good as a Sparks kind of twist, but I’m pretty excited about it.
9. What’s the funniest experience you’ve had so far in your writing career?
One day on the train, this young guy rushed in and sat next to me and literally pieced his suit on in front of me. Buttoned shirt, put on tie, zipped and buckled pants. I sat stunned typing WTF to my best friend. That business version of a college walk of shame incident made its way into Christmas Dinner!
10. What are your new releases/projects on the horizon?
Christmas Dinner releases in November. I am also the fifth author in Crimson Romance’s first-ever continuity, The Emerald Springs Legacy. The continuity kicks off in February with my book releasing in June 2014.
Fantastic, Robyn! Now for the fun stuff…
11. Morning person or night owl?
Definitely morning person. I do my best writing from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.
12. Favorite color?
Pink. I noticed the other day I also have a lot of silver in my life, too. Silver car, gray cat, a lot of gray sweaters and skirts…
13. What’s your comfort snack?
I never shy away from a chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate peanut butter ice cream from Wegman’s is my favorite!
14. If you had to be an animal, what would you be?
I kind of think my cat has the life. I would get so much sleep!
15. Favorite writing location?
The library at my college. It’s on this beautiful hilltop. I go into the same quiet study room that I spent hours in in college. I giggle because I’m sure most of my time back in the early 90’s was spent staring at cute boys in the quad.
16. Top 3 songs on your I-pod right now?
I’m so embarrassed to admit this. I don’t use my iPod since the 80’s channel on Sirrius radio came into my life.
17. Reading Preference: E-books, paperback or hardcover?
Definitely e-book. I love my Kindle.
18. Best vacation spot?
19. If you weren’t a writer, what else would you be?
The Nancy Drew in me would say detective, definitely. Although my hunches are always wrong!
20. What are three things in your refrigerator right now?
Ha! I’m moving this week. You know what’s in my refrig? Arizona Iced Tea, some watermelon and wine and that’s pretty much it! I wonder if I could make a nice Sangria out of that concoction!
Great interview, Robyn! And best of luck on your upcoming move!
Thanks for having me, Traci!
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