Please welcome the lovely Robin Donovan to the blog… I like her. She kills things like me.
What were you like at school?
I was a comedian. And I could ask just the right, provocative questions to keep the teacher talking and keep us from doing actual school work. I’m sure I was a teacher’s worst nightmare. And when I taught high school – Karma got me back in a big way.
Were you good at English?
I was great and I was terrible. I was placed in a college credit course because I have a passion for writing and literature, but I didn’t have the discipline to deliver what instructors wanted on my assignments so I got more C’s than A’s.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like to be able to write my way into retirement and feel as though I’m accomplishing something worthwhile. I love the writing. I love the readings/signings. I love the interviews. I’m hoping that I’ll have developed enough of a network that it won’t be such an enormous amount of work to get the word out every time I write something new. The network continues to grow and I’m already seeing it work to an extent – and that has been very rewarding. Someone please tell me – if you get one big break – does it change your world?
So, what have you written?
I’ve written the Donna Leigh Mystery series which currently includes two books (I’m halfway through the third), various articles and Menologues (a blog created because: Stumbling Blindly Through Menopause Is Not As Much Fun As It Sounds http://www.menologues.com)
Where can we buy or see them?
The books are on Amazon and a variety of resellers (they are both available on Kindle), Menologues is on http://www.menologues.com.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Donna Leigh is the menopausal owner of an ad agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Sort of like me. She keeps getting involved in murders because of her relationship with the victims. Donna is self-depricating, but has an ego. The various characters around her help to illustrate both the craziness that sometimes permeates the ad business as well as the foibles within Donna herself. Donna fills the niche of a mature, but not terribly old sleuth/sort of heroine. She’s not perfect, in looks or action – but she’s still damn good! Donna helps the readers see the beauty in what’s not traditionally beautiful.
What genre are your books?
My books are cozy murder mysteries.
What draws you to this genre?
I love to make people laugh and I enjoy a good murder mystery. One of my pet peeves is that too many cozy mystery writers don’t take their murder mystery plot as seriously as they should – and that’s lazy. It’s a challenge to write comedy and tie up loose ends – but, from my perspective, it’s a challenge worth conquering.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I started my career as an English teacher and always thought I would one day write a book that was somewhere between Cornelius Otis Skinner and James Thurber (see I do have an ego). Years went by and no book materialized. One day I woke up and found myself the owner of an ad agency that could design and promote, writing a blog about menopause that seemed to appeal to menopausal women and I had a new client that published books. It was the perfect storm – I knew it was then or never. What I never expected was how much fun the writing itself would be.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
As an avid reader, when I find a book I really enjoy, I don’t want it to end. I can’t get enough Harry Potter or Stephanie Plum. The challenge is to keep the series from becoming formulaic. So far I have three plots in my series – the third one is still in development; if the series starts to feel formulaic I will keep it to a small number. I will have to find new ways to develop within the series in order to keep it fresh – that would be the only way I would continue to add books to any one series.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
My first book is all fiction except for one story about a client throwing me out of her office – that really happened. Needless to say, after that incident I never saw that client again. One day, years later, I was standing in our local, trendy bookstore scheduling a book signing. The woman working with me had to go into the back room to check on something. As I stood awaiting her return I heard a small voice say “Robin, Robin Donovan?” It was the very same client who threw me out, acting as though we were long lost friends. My heart lurched and I was sweating bullets, praying that no one would mention my book
while she was standing there – I did my best to speed-greet my former client and usher her out the door. Luckily, the two women missed each other by seconds – that was a huge relief! I did not think the client would appreciate my depiction of her!
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I have a trailer for my first book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmgkpYPi5q8
I’m not sure I’ve ever sold any books as a result of the trailer – but it was a nice intro when I spoke at the Tri-state Library Conference.
Thanks so much for being on the blog this week Robin! Please be sure to follow her and check out her books!
Donna Leigh Mysteries https://www.facebook.com/Donna-Leigh-Mysteries-279477928760374/?fref=ts
Book 2 http://www.amazon.com/Didnt-Shortsighted-Donna-Leigh-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01741AB7Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452184205&sr=1-1&keywords=i+didn%27t+kill+her+but+that+may+have+been+shortsighted