Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Robynn E. Sheahan
I have always been a reader. I love books, all the characters you meet, grow to love or hate, and the exciting places stories take you. When I wasn’t able to read, I listened to audio books on tape or CD. Still do. So at any given time, I probably have and audio book, an e-book, and a paperback going.
I started to dabble in writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books, mostly reading them.
I didn’t seriously start writing until I moved to a ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a book. It wasn’t good, needed lots of work, but I learned a few things along the way.
I got involved with critique groups and went to writer’s conferences. I was on the fast track to learning.
About four years ago the dabbling became more serious when worlds and characters screamed for, no, they demanded attention. So I wrote my first manuscript. Then I wrote a second, a third, and a fourth. Wow!
Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. What ifs feed a vivid imagination. Even miss-typed phrases may lead to an “aha” moment. Brain storming sessions standing in dark, windy parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes ideas pursue me, with persistence.
The line-up of book ideas in my computer grows. Those will get their chance to be heard and seen when my Storm of Arranon Series is finished.
Hello! I’m pleased and honored to be here. Thank you so much Lovely Books for inviting me.
I’m often asked how I write. Do I have a schedule, tricks or tips to share.
This is a great question. I don’t really write by a schedule, sometimes life just gets in the way. But when I do sit down to write, this is what happens for me. I see a movie in my mind. My characters are there, the scene gets set and . . . action! I can slow the images and reverse if necessary to tweak emotion, action, dialog, or the scene. My books are very visual because I write what I see. The characters also have input to share. If I try to force them to speak or act in a way they wouldn’t, the scene sticks, and I’m stuck. Until I let them be who they are. Weird? Not really. I used to think so. The more authors I get to know, and talk with, the more I understand this is quite normal. By the way, I write my rough draft during NaNoWriMo. Thirty days, fifty thousand words. I love it!
What Are You Currently Working On?
I am currently working on book three in the series, Storm of Arranon-Allies and Enemies. This book is different than the previous two, taking place in a large city instead of in the wilds of snowy mountains or the world beneath the surface. It’s been great fun to write. The cover is already finished, awaiting the completed manuscript. After my editor, proof-reader, and beta-readers give me the thumbs up, of course. I was fortunate to have the very talented Jennifer Bagwell do the artwork for the cover! It is gorgeous and I am thrilled.
One last thought. An author must read. That’s good for me, cause I love books. I have an eclectic taste in reading. If the story is well written and can hook me in the first page, I’m good! I enjoy books that are visual and use the five senses, dropping the reader into the action to experience every moment. I want to get lost in a book.
Thank you again Lovely Books for having me here. This was fun! Have an awesome day and . . . Read a book!
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