Author B.J. Robinson
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a woman who wears many hats like most women, mother, grandmother, wife, retired educator, reader, and last, but not least, writer. My passions are reading and writing. I had a heart for tying those two loves of my life in with my teaching. Some of my fondest teaching memories are times I read and wrote with my students. I live in Florida with my husband and pets, a golden cocker spaniel, golden retriever, and a cat. I’m a pet lover, animal lover, and I usually include pets in the novels and stories I write. Reared in Louisiana, I have a love for seafood, large oaks, old plantation homes, flowers, and rivers. Since I use life experience as fodder for my writing and create realistic fiction, readers may journey with me vicariously through summer vacation experiences as well as many other life experiences. Jesus is my best friend.
How would you describe yourself?
I’d describe myself as hardworking, dedicated, loyal, trustworthy, an avid reader, a passionate writer, compassionate, caring, organized, excellent keyboarder, great cook, gardener, short, animal lover, especially dogs, nature lover, lover of water whether it’s lakes, canals, oceans, or rivers, and a lover of listening to rain on a tin roof, a country girl at heart. Don’t need no city sidewalks. Give me green grass, trees, flowers, and water.
When did you start writing, and how long have you been publishing your work?
I started writing in elementary school when my teacher submitted a short story I wrote about my pet dog to a local newspaper, and it was published. In college, my first essay was published in another local newspaper, and I won first prize for a short story, and it was published in the university’s literary magazine.
I’ve been honing my craft and skills for over a decade, but I only started publishing my own work last summer. Before that, I had many short stories, poems, devotionals, and four novels published with a traditional publisher, Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. out of California.
How do you publish your work? Do you self-publish for example?
I have work published both traditionally and self-published. I use Amazon to publish my self-published work.
Do you have a specific genre that you write?
I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries, so I love writing books with mystery, intrigue, or suspense, usually all three. My favorite genre to write is inspirational romantic suspense. Being from the South, I term it Southern-Fried Romantic Suspense.
What attracts you to that genre?
My love for romance, mystery, and suspense leads me to write romantic suspense. I love twists, turns, and surprises, and much of my work will illustrate such.
What do you think will attract your readers to your work?
Readers who enjoy realistic characters with a character-driven plot full of mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance should be attracted to my work. Amazon reviews illustrate that most readers who give my books a chance are. Readers who enjoy Southern novels will be, since my work is set in the South, where I was born. My father was from Brookhaven, Mississippi, and my mother was from the small town of Springfield, Louisiana. A Louisiana woman and a Mississippi man met on a Greyhound bus, and I’m one of the products. I’m working on a book titled Leaving Home which is the story of how they met, but it will be a work of fiction. In Southern Superstitions, readers should identify with superstitions they grew up with and enjoy the surprise ending that readers on Amazon reviews say they loved. Many say the ending was their favorite part, though they loved it.
Do you have a website or blog where readers can follow you?
Link to Blog 1
Link to Blog 2
Readers are invited to follow my blogs and leave comments for opportunities to win free books, keep abreast of what I’m writing and publishing, and get previews of my new covers. I love to meet and greet my readers on my blog and hope to make some new friends there.
Are you on Facebook or any other social media sites where readers can connect to you?
I’d like to invite readers to like my author page and follow it to keep updated as well as keep in touch.
Personal FB Page
Tell us about your latest work or the work you are most proud of today?
Southern Superstitions is the novel I’m most proud of and Weeping Willows is the short story. Both are set in Louisiana. Weeping Willows is a haunting tale for only 99 cents available at Amazon, my first self-published short story. Southern Superstitions is only $4.61 for the ebook version, but it’s also available in paperback at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, and Christianbooks.com, traditionally published by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
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Southern Superstitions by B.J. Robinson
Where can potential readers find your latest work for sale?
Amazon. Always check my Amazon author page for my latest work.
Barbara’s Amazon Author Page
And, please don’t forget to like my pages as you explore. Many thanks for your support.
However, Last Resort and Southern Superstitions are also available as paperback as well as ebooks, and they may be found at Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, and Christianbooks.com, etc. I also have another paperback releasing in August, Whispering Cypress, which will be available from the same vendors. One Rainy Summer is available through those vendors as well. But my most recent work, my self-published work as an independent author, is exclusively available through Amazon.
What would you like to say to your readers who follow you or may follow you in the future?
Thank you so much for reading and responding to my novel. I love feedback. Great reviews always make my day. Please know that in writing, I create works of fiction to carry my reader through a fictional dream, a way of seeing how others live and differ. If we were all carbon copies, it would be a dull, boring world. It is because we are unique that our world is full of diversity that makes it interesting. I respect your beliefs and opinions and hope that, in turn, you will also respect mine.
The first page of the novel sets up the contract between author and reader. I promise to take you on a continuous journey to a different world. My work is often intense, full of action, a page-turner to keep you on the edge of your seat. I grew up on Nancy Drew, so I love to entwine mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. My work tells a wonderful story of hope. I want my readers to be inspired, motivated, and filled with hope while they’re entertained. The story is told in terms of people, the characters I’ve created to make it come alive. My characters are realistic and larger than life, but the work is fiction. There’s a beginning, middle, and an end and a conclusion involving the main conflict. I have left some things for my readers to fill in using their imaginations, since I want them to be actively involved in the reading, partners. My writing is positive and entertaining. I humbly invite you to journey through the worlds I’ve created and join me in my quest to become more like Christ. I’m not perfect, but I’m striving to be the best I can, and I value your opinion, suggestions, insight, and feedback on my novel, so I can write a better book the next time.
I pray my books will open doors to other worlds for reader enjoyment, encouragement, hope, inspiration, and motivation. Hopefully, you, my readers will come to understand that with God, anything is possible, even a new chance and a new lease on life, a new beginning, a new life!
Please feel free to contact me in the future with ideas and suggestions. I’ll be happy to use them as guidelines in planning future books.
Your reading partner,
—— Review from Dave Chappuis on Weeping Willows —–
8/11/13 – I had the pleasure of reading Weeping Willows by Barbara Robinson last week. The basic premise of the story is that a young man named Brad has brought his girlfriend, Angela, to an old southern mansion in Angie, Louisiana once named The Willows, now Weeping Willows, to win a prize. If they can stay in the haunted dwelling the most nights outlasting another couple, they win a trip to Hawaii. You’ll have to read the three chapter short to find out the ghostly story behind Weeping Willows, if they survive the contest, and if the willows truly do weep.