Author Interview 📚 Robin Smith
Hello, friends! It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for another author interview. Woot Woot! I’m very excited to bring to you an interview with Robin Smith, author of THE WARDS OF BYTA. You can find my review of the book on my book review page here.
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So, let’s get started with the interview!
(Psst…just as with words, Robin is enormously gifted and creative with makeup. You should check out her Instagram. She’s always creating the most incredible looks.)
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: My favorite thing about writing is the release it gives me. I get to spend time in other worlds that only reside in the imagination and I get to explore things I never could in reality. I get to meet new people, have dangerous adventures, and witness magic.
Q: What is the most difficult part of the novel writing process for you?
A: Editing. Hands down, it’s the most meticulous thing for me. It’s when writer’s block strikes and when I start to over think. I always find I have to keep a second project going during that time or I get sick of reading certain passages over and over and can’t give it my best.
Q: What inspired you to write The Wards of Byta?
A: I grew up with three sisters and really wanted a story where I could show the bond of siblings. I knew it was going to deal with fantasy and once I settled on elves, everything fell into place.
Q: How long did it take you to write The Wards of Byta?
A: It took me 5 months for the first draft but editing and those minor tweaks took an additional year. Although, I did end giving birth in that time period so it did slow things down a bit!
Q: Do you plot out your stories, fly by the seat of your pants, or some combination of the two?
A: I plot. Some people have no idea just how meticulous my outlining process really is and when I explain it to them, I wonder if I really need to go that far. But, it works for me and it’s one of the things I enjoy most about the creative process because that’s when I can really start seeing my ideas come to life!
Q: How do you select the names for your characters?
A: If I don’t have set names for characters that have been predetermined from months of planning, I hit up the good old internet and websites filled with baby name ideas.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
Q: Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, night, or whenever you find a spare moment?
A: I prefer writing first drafts any time of the day but editing I reserve for night when the house is quiet and I have the time to think things through.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals?
A: I guess it might be considered like a ritual. I practically surround myself with notebooks filled with notes and research and character profiles and all of that jazz and then jump in.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: I think anything can be a good story as long as the progression of the story seems smooth and there’s cohesion. The main characters also have to be at least somewhat relatable for me or I can’t get through a book.
Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: Oh nooo, how could I chose!!! Ok fine, cats.
Q: Savory or Sweet?
A: I have a sweet tooth for days!
Q: Beach or Forest?
Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do with your free time?
A: First and foremost spending time with my family. I’m also really into art, sewing, anything crafty, and the art of makeup.
Q: How can readers keep in touch with you? Do you have a website? Are you on social media?
Q: Do you like to hear from your readers?
A: Absolutely! Tell me you like or dislike my work and engage with me. It helps me grow as an author and it is so fun to interact with new people!
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
A: I’m very outgoing online but in person, I can be incredibly shy and awkward around people I don’t know. But I do enjoy humor of all sorts (especially dry/sarcastic humor, sassy humor, and blatant humor) so my favorite way of connecting with new people is through laughter!
This was such a fun interview! Thanks, Robin.
Friends, if you’re looking for a great new book from a great new author, please check out THE WARDS OF BYTA by Robin Smith. Don’t forget to leave a review when you’re done and tell a friend about Robin and her book!
Thanks! See you next Sunday.