Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Today features Kate Marie Robbins
From the makings of her fabulous tennis hits, from the inspiration of her waggish pets, from the riotous air of Minnesota, comes Kate Marie Robbins…
She lives in a VERY small town in southeastern Minnesota with her family and her three pets. She is currently working in a nursing home but has for long dreamed of being a published author- which since you are reading this, has come true. She likes to read, sing, paint and is very proud of her music & book collections. She also wants to travel the world. When she travels the world of Indigo, she would like to learn sword fighting from Bradan, or be a tailor.
Kate once waited to get into a concert for ten hours, in a snow storm. She dyes her hair a different color every few months, and once went to Walmart wearing a black cape and cat ears. She never got into trouble at school, and has not yet achieved her ambition of drinking her way through all twelve pubs pictured on her Irish calendar.
Share with us some of your interests
Music, tennis, art, poetry, literature, and British television, just to name a few.
What makes you the person you are?
I’m pretty sure I could write an entire novel and it wouldn’t even begin to explain who I am. I think it’s everything, all my strange quirks, all my interests, likes, dislikes, beliefs, morals, etc. Everyone is unique and that’s what makes everyone special.
About your writing;
When did you start writing? I started writing when I was around thirteen. It was just poetry to start with, but as time went on, I progressed into writing novels and short stories. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right? I
What inspires you to write? Personal experiences, music, movies, other books. I can find inspiration in almost anything if hit strikes a chord in my heart or my mind.
How has writing change you as a person? I think it’s given me more motivation, more inspiration, more creativity. I feel that it’s broadened my horizons a bit.
Adding some fun;
If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why? My own, but that’s not really fair, because I created the world. Being that said, I would love to spend the rest of my life in the Unicorn Chronicles world of Luster. For obvious reasons, unicorns! Really though, it’s an amazing, magical world written by one of my favorite authors.
Share a couple of your favorite things and or things you like? I have so many favorite things, so I’ll just name a few. Music, I live and breathe it. I always have to have some sort of music playing, no matter what I’m doing. Unless I’m watching t.v. or a movie. I constantly sing to myself, or along with the radio/iTunes. Going to concerts are a big part of that music. I feel most at home at concerts. Other than writing, it’s my sanity.
Tennis is another one of my favorite things. I play (not very well) and stay up-to-date on all of the tournaments. My family and I always print off the draws for the Majors and fill them out, to see who gets the most correct matches. I never do very well, but it’s a lot of fun.
British television is another one of my favorite things. Doctor Who being one of my all-time favorites. The list goes on and on though. Currently I’m working my way through Ripper Street. I’ll stop there, before I morph into fangirl mode. haha
What couldn’t you live without? Music, without it I would go insane.
In the literacy world who do you think is a misunderstood character and why? I don’t even know how to answer that question. I think almost every character can be misunderstood, depending on the reader. We each relate to different characters, for different reasons. The characters I relate to, someone else might not get and vice versa.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about writing? I think almost everything I read has influenced my writing in some way.
Is there a character that annoys you in the literacy world? Or even one of your own? I can think of a few of my own that annoy me. Well, maybe not so much annoy me, but anger me, perhaps. I won’t divulge that information though, don’t want any spoilers.
What do you look for in a publishing company as they will end up representing your work? I haven’t actually gone that route. I’ve self-published. It gives me more freedom and time to do things the way that I want to do them.
How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world? It isn’t easy at first. At least it wasn’t for me, but once you connect with fans and new friends, it can make a world of difference.
How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it? Just shrug it off. Not everyone is going to understand or connect with you. That happens in almost anything you do. It’s hard to get past, but for every rejection, there will be several people rooting for you.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Write, just write. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be written. Also, stay true to yourself. Don’t change to make anyone else happy. You write for you, not for the rest of the world.
Featuring your work and or upcoming work;
Tell us about your book [s] I’ll just insert the synopsis for Indigo here and then touch briefly on the rest of the series.
Ava is your typical teenage girl, hoping to spend her summer doing the usual: shopping, concerts, skateboarding, and hanging out with her friends. Her best friend Sera has other plans for them, learning how fly her uncle Mat’s hot air balloon. Their first solo flight turns out to be the adventure of a lifetime.
By magical forces, they are pulled into a world that is unlike their own: the world of Indigo, steeped in myths, legends, and prophecy. Where nothing is what it seems. Where good and evil are not easily distinguished. Will the two teens be able to figure out whose side they are really on before it’s too late and find their way home?
The Indigo Trilogy:
Book One: Indigo
Book Two: Roisin
Book Three: Beginnings
I will also be including some novellas for certain characters, yet to be determined. They will be more background information/character back stories, so that one can get a feel for what their life was like before book one.
Who is your favorite character and why? [If you can share without spoiling your work] My favorite character is the main character from Indigo, Ava. Mostly because I see so much of me in her. It wasn’t necessarily intentional, but a lot of me shone through. We write what we know, I guess.
What character do you hope readers understand? There are a lot of them in the story. The biggest one I hope that readers understand are Ava and Bradan.
Do you have a favorite part of your own book (s) ? There is a speech towards the end of the book that Ava gives that I really love. Some of the fight scenes as well, but those are more bittersweet, I think.
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a sample playlist of music that would follow said person? I actually included a playlist to accompany the novel. Each song correlates to a certain part of the story. J It is included in the novel, in the appendix.
Have you had trouble writing about any of your characters? Maybe not trouble writing about them, but sometimes I got extremely emotional over what they did or said.
What would you like readers to get from your book (s) ? There is a message in the book that I hope the readers will pick up on. I don’t want to divulge that though. Mostly because I don’t want people to intentionally hunt for it in the book. I’d like them to come to that conclusion of their own free will.
In your book (s) what had been the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far? Time. It’s sometimes hard to find the time to do everything.
How is this world a better place because of your books? I think that goes back to what I hope the readers will take from my book. The message of the book is something I think is important.
If you could meet any of your own characters, who would (they / it) be? Any of the inhabitants of Indigo really. And of course the two main characters, Ava and Sera. Specifically from Indigo: Bradan, Teagan, or Tadhg.
If you had to write a scene for a character of your choice that would put them in an awkward situation how would it go? I think I had my fair share of those while writing Indigo. They weren’t easy to write. Sometimes I would have to step away from them and come back later with a clear head.
What do you to for marketing? Mostly I’ve been using Facebook as well as other social media sites. I’ve also gotten a lot of help from my fans, and fellow authors.
Promote your books in a sentence or less 🙂
(If more than one work, a sentence for EACH work, you’re not limited to one sentence for more than one piece of work.)
“The fate of Indigo is in her hands.”
What are you working on now? Currently I’m working on a few short stories. One is a horror story, the other is about leprechauns. Once I finish those up, I’ll be starting on book two of the Indigo trilogy.
Kate Marie Robbins’ Links;
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CXVWW3C
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484891562/ref=s9_cskin_gw_p351_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0HHR82K2HXGPWX80FMJ3&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
B & N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/indigo-kate-marie-robbins/1115422122?ean=2940016762654