Please welcome Robyn Grady to the virtual offices this morning! Robyn is here to chat about The Goddess, and after, she has a digital copy of her new book up for grabs!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Robyn Grady] A little obsessive. Lover of great stories that make me laugh or truly think or cry. Gerard Butler fan. Writer, wife, mother. Going to Greek Isles one day. Please God, soon!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Goddess?
[Robyn Grady] The Goddess is true fantasy mixed with “this could happen to you.” Helene is a woman who delayed getting her college degree and is now enjoying a few months free from family expectations to explore the world and find herself. The Aegean twin islands of Teirenias are Helen’s ultimate destination—so much history and incomparable beauty. She feels strangely at home there, perhaps because an ancestor came from around those parts.
When she meets the prince (she almost drops a bucket of paint on his head), tradition is set aside in favor of curiosity, sexual attraction and, ultimately, fate.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Robyn Grady] I’m drawn to a touch of the magical—the unexplained. I also wanted to write a slightly bigger story than my Harlequin reads allow. So I worked on the idea to create a series that focused on couples who should never, ever fall in love, but who are drawn together and then won over by a wider web that incorporates another time and, sometimes, place.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Helene?
[Robyn Grady] Adventurous! Every-day. Committed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Darius had a theme song, what would it be?
[Robyn Grady] Private Emotion by Ricky Martin. If you haven’t heard it (or seen the clip), do yourself a favor ? http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xi6ax_ricky-martin-private-emotion_music#.UZP4JdB-9Ms
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Helene is never without.
[Robyn Grady] Curiosity. If she were an animal, she’d be a tabby cat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Darius’ bedroom?
[Robyn Grady] A TV remote control.
An alarm clock that sounds like a gnarly rooster clearing its lungs.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Helene’s greatest regret?
[Robyn Grady] That her father passed away so early in her life. He was the person who inspired her adventurous spirit!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Robyn Grady] Authors I love! They make it feel so easy to create vivid images and deep emotions and connections. I read a great book and feel jazzed about diving back into my own WIP.
I also get a heap out of workshops conducted by experts like Michael Hauge, Donald Maass and the Television Writer’s Studio. In February I attended a TWS three day workshop in Melbourne with a friend. Best part was working in a group to create an episode of a smash TV series. Later, some episodes were performed by a group of talented actors. Coming home, I was so charged to write!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Robyn Grady] Well, my trusty laptop. To write lots and fast, I need quiet. (I know some writers need music, but then I just want to sing along.) Most importantly, to write I need characters who are coming to life as I tap away on the keyboard! It’s great when they begin to write their own story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Robyn Grady] The other night I downloaded a romance by Claire Baxter – More Than Just One Night. It’s a romance with a younger hero and I enjoyed every single word!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Robyn Grady]Well, we’d have to go waaaaay back to when I was around eight years old. I can’t remember the story but I remember the title and how I was drawn in, perhaps because of my own position within the sibling dynamic. The Middle Moppet. It opened up a whole other world for me and I ran toward it, arms open wide! I had older sisters so I was reading books like The Exorcist and Carrie (Stephen King) when I was probably too young. But those kinds of books nurtured a fascination for the spooky that I still enjoy. Romance came later ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Robyn Grady] We live near the beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (Australia) so I like to walk by the water, lunch at some fabulous cafes on the beach (here’s a great one if you’re ever down this way (http://www.saltwateratkings.com/Home.html), and I bob around in the surf when the water’s warm enough. We also have three daughters ranging from 23 to 11, so a lot of my spare time is taken up with fielding college assignment questions or sixth grade math (not that I can always answer them!) and enjoying family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Robyn Grady] I have a website www.robyngrady.com Twitter @robyngrady and Facebook @AuthorRobynGrady.
I also show up on the Entangled authors The Naked Hero blog around the 10th of every month. http://thenakedhero.com/
Thanks so much for the great questions, Julie!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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ABOUT THE GODDESS
ABOUT ROBYN GRADY
Robyn Grady was first published with Harlequin (Silhouette, New York in 2007 and Mills and Boon, London in 2008). Her books feature regularly on bestsellers lists and at award ceremonies, including The National Readers Choice, The Booksellers Best, Cataromance Reviewers Choice and Australia’s prestigious Romantic Book of the Year.
Recently, she signed a three book deal with Entangled Publishing for her IDOL contemporary romance series.
Robyn lives on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast with her real life hero husband and three daughters. When she can be dragged away from tapping out her next story, Robyn visits the beach or the theatre. These days she’d rather keep fit reliving her youth and shaking it to Just Dance than pretending to jog
Robyn believes writing romance is the best job on the planet and she loves to hear from her readers.