Apr 092012

As part of her book tour, I have Denise Robbins here to answer a few questions. Well, maybe more than a few.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book? 

Getting to know my characters is the hardest part of writing a book.

What’s your favorite part of writing a book? 

Actually doing the writing and letting the characters take shape and mold the story that fits them is my favorite part of writing. I love watching and being surprised by the twists and turns my characters take.

What inspired you to become a writer?
 I have always been a writer, but I never put it to work until one day I decided I needed to do something more, something creative. I pulled out my laptop and started writing.

 What kind of research did you do to write this book? 

The research for Phish NET Stalkings encompassed Internet Phishing, learning how someone does it, and ways to identify it and how to prevent it.

What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future) 

All of the above. I love the ease of access to a book with an ereader. For someone like my mother who can’t get a lot of large print books, an ebook is fantastic. eBooks are definitely the future, but I still like to get a book in my hand. I love the feel and the smell of a good book.

Do you read reviews written about your book? 

Absolutely. I like receiving feedback from readers. It’s a way of knowing where I hit home or where I missed the mark and improving the next time.

Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read? 

I have on occasion written a review, but I’m more afraid of getting so excited about it that I give away the story.

Did you base any of the characters on real people? 

None of the characters in Phish NET Stalkings are based on real people, just some real people’s traits.

Do you have a writing routine? 

My writing routine is to get up on Sunday mornings, head to Panera for a Mountain Dew and a cinnamon roll. After I am fortified with breakfast, I sit in a booth undisturbed and write for hours. I usually get at least one chapter written and if I’m on a roll maybe two.

How long did it take to write your book? 

Phish NET Stalkings took just under a year to write and most of that writing was done on Sunday mornings with the last ten thousand words written over a long weekend and me locked in my house.

What types of prewriting activities do you do? (i.e. research, outlines) 

I don’t do outlines. The one and only time I tried, the characters switched directions on me and took over. Don’t you just love that! I do, however, do lots of research. About 25% of it is done up front and the rest is done when I hit snags in the story.

Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around? 

I am one of those authors who has to write from beginning to end. On a rare occasion, I will write a chapter and save it for future use.

What types of promoting do you do? 

Book blog tours, a lot of cross-tweeting, book signing events.

Is most of your promoting online or offline? 

Most of my promotional effort is online, but I truly enjoy the in-person events because I get to meet readers face-to-face.

How do you find people to read and review your book? 

I ask friends and fellow book bloggers for help or recommendations for other folks to read and review.

What is your favorite part of promoting your book? 

My favorite part of promoting my book is getting to meet the readers in-person.

What is your least favorite part of promoting your book? 

My least favorite part of promoting my book is the time away from writing.

What input, if any, did you have in the cover design? 

I am lucky in that L&L Dreamspell allows me feedback into the cover art for my novels. The one thing I request that my publisher accommodates is the fact that I don’t want to see the hero or heroine’s face on the cover. Too many times I have seen a hero or heroine depicted incorrectly on the cover and heard readers complain about it. That will not happen on my books.

Which of your characters is your favorite? 

My favorite character of all time is Jake from Connect the Dots. Jake popped up in my first book and I fell in love with him. He proceeded to nag me by popping up in my second book so by the time I wrote my third novel I had to make Jake the hero of Connect the Dots.

About Denise Robbins:
High-tech becomes high-risk in Denise Robbins’ novels. The New Hampshire based author uses two decades of experience in computers to explore the killer possibilities in technology. Denise integrates her knowledge of computers and technology along with secrets, intrigue, suspense, and even a little romance into all of her techno-romantic thriller novels. Readers and reviewers agree Denise writes stories that will keep you at the edge of your seat and clamoring for more. Her latest book is Phish NET Stalkings.

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Phish NET Stalkings by Denise Robbins

All she wanted was to find love. Was that too much to ask? How difficult could it be to find one man, the perfect man for her? After dating the losers of the century, Jane decides there has to be a better way. She turns to an online dating service. After all, they guarantee a ‘happily ever after’ or your money back.

Jane East, CEO of Not-So- Plain- Jane’s organic cosmetics wants to fall in love with a man who makes her toes curl when he kisses her. Unfortunately, the one man who makes her toes curl also wears ladies’ pink underwear and a badge. The pink underwear she could probably deal with, but the badge is a different story.

Ever since seeing her mother and granny Pearl murdered by men with badges, Jane has a fear of cops and anyone who carries a badge. Especially, because the killers are still on the loose and searching for her.

Former FBI Cybercrime special agent turned small-town Chief of Police, Cooper Chance, gets caught with his pants down and his family jewels tucked in pink ladies’ underwear with lacy frills when he meets the woman of his dreams. That’s not his only issue. The woman has a fear of cops. If he can get past her guard, maybe he can save her life.

Find the book online: Amazon, Goodreads

Want to win a copy of the book?
I have one ebook copy to give to a lucky reader. To enter, simply leave a comment answering the following question:

Would seeing a man in woman’s clothing make you think differently about him?

Giveaway is open worldwide until midnight EST April 15, 2012. Please remember to include your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

  3 Responses to “Interview: Denise Robbins + Giveaway”

  1. Not really.One of my male friend is cross-dresser and I don't think of him as different. He just likes wearing women's clothes. Besides, some men look really good in women's clothing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. No. If its something that makes him happy and makes him him, who am i to judge? If putting on womens clothes makes him happy and fills that void for him, i say more power to him!! He is so brave to embrace himself like that. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. yes I admit it would be weird but hopefully I could get over it. rlrlaney at yahoo dot com

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