Author Spotlight: Robin Lee Hatcher

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Welcome Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Love Without End, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

Robin Lee HatcherShare a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

I’m married, the mother of two adult daughters, and the grandmother of six. I have been a published author for more than 30 years and have been writing fulltime since 1991.

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest.

My November release, Love Without End, is my 73rd release. I am currently concentrating on contemporary romance, but I have written many historical romances as well as contemporary and historical women’s fiction.

How did you get started writing? Did you have a dream of being a published author?

I didn’t dream about being a writer when I was a kid. However, I was always a storyteller and was always writing something. Not long before my 30th birthday, I got an idea for an historical saga (my favorite type of books at the time) and eventually I had to sit down and see if I could write it.

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

I wrote my first book in 1981. I sold it in 1982, but the publisher went bankrupt. I signed a new contract in 1983, and the book was released in early 1984, along with its sequel. I’ve been writing ever since.

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

I believe the best way to be inspired to write is to simply sit down and write. I work best in my office, although sometimes I grab my laptop and move to the sofa in the living room. I am usually up between 4 AM and 5 AM. After getting in a couple of miles minimum on the treadmill, I make my first cup of coffee and am usually in my office by 6 AM. It’s hard for me to say how many hours I spend creating new words. I think about four to five hours on average. The rest of the time is spent doing the “business of writing.” By that I mean editing, revising, researching, marketing, responding to publisher requests, etc.

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

I love spending time with other writers. My single most important trip of the year is my annual brainstorming retreat. This group of writers (11 of us) has been meeting together every July for eleven years and counting. These women mean the world to me, and they are so much more than just writing friends.

What are your biggest distractions?

The Internet and email.

What was one of the best moments in your career and what was one of the worst?

One of the best: Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Such a great honor.

One of the worst: Ribbon of Years launched in hardcover with big preorders just before 9/11. Book sales died in the months following, and so many of those books ended up as returns and sold for pennies as remainders. It was heartbreaking.

What is the role and importance of an agent?

My agent and I have been together for over 25 years. Her role is so much more than selling my books. She is my champion, advisor, first line of defense, confidant, and more.

What advice would you give to new writers?Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 9.05.36 AM

Write something every single day.

Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.

Love Without End (Kings Meadow Romance #1) is the story of two people who have both failed when it comes to love. They must let God heal their wounded hearts so that they can learn to love again.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

Whenever You Come Around (Kings Meadow Romance #2) releases in May 2015.

I Hope You Dance (a Year of Weddings novella, also set in Kings Meadow) releases in July 2015.

The third book in the Kings Meadow Romance series will release in early 2016.

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

The best place to start is on my website at robinleehatcher.com. From there, readers can see the listings for all of my books, read and subscribe to my blog, sign up for my newsletter, and find links to all of my social media activities.

 


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Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Frances Cavallo says:

    It is so nice to read about books and authors on this website! I would be truly blessed to win this giveaway! I can’t wait to read the book!!! I love your books! God Bless You and have a wonderful, blessed day! Good Luck to Everyone!

  2. I just loved this interview with Robin and the video about the book on utube.
    I don’t know how you keep up with everything you must do in order to be the successful writer you are.
    God Bless you and may You have a very Merry Christmas .
    Blessings
    Shirley

  3. Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    I’ve read almost all of Robin Lee Hatcher’s books and would love to win a copy of this one! Great interveiw!

  4. Patty says:

    I’ve read several of Robin’s recent books and really enjoy her writing!

  5. Caryl Kane says:

    Wonderful interview with Robin. Robin, congrats on the release of Love Without End! I am looking forward to reading it. 🙂

    Blessings!!!!

  6. I love Robin’s books and in some ways admit I am grateful that the internet is a distraction for her because she provides so much info using it. Today is my first time on Suzanne’s blog but I am not a new reader. I have read many of your wonderful books Suzanne. Thank you both for writing such awesome stories.

  7. Deanna S says:

    So enjoy Robin’s books, great interview!

  8. Juanita Wickey says:

    I have some of Robin’s books. Enjoy so reading them. Would love to win a book of hers.

  9. Vicky D says:

    Love reading Robin’s books!

  10. Shelia Hall says:

    I love reading Robin’s books as well as Suzanne’s

  11. Lori Weller says:

    Great interview! Love Robin’s books. Would love to win this one. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Connie Saunders says:

    I enjoyed this interview and especially appreciated them advice to write something every day!
    Thank you
    Connie

  13. Connie Hendryx says:

    I would love to win a copy of Robin’s new book!! Thank you!!

  14. Terri Shortell says:

    I really enjoyed this author spotlight. I love learning about authors and their books. It would be great to win this book. Thanks for sharing with us.

  15. Barb Wilson says:

    Really like these interviews with the great writers.

  16. Linda McFarland says:

    Great interview. I love Author Spotlight, getting to know new authors and learning more about authors I already follow. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Linda

  17. Lisa Cowell says:

    Robin does not look old enough to have grown children, let alone grandchildren! I have read some of her books, but had no idea there were so many still to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Renee says:

    I enjoyed the interview. I’d love to win a copy.

  19. Vivian says:

    I have read several of your books and I have loved them all, Robin. Congratulations on your new series. Is King’s Meadow a real place, based on a real place, or completely made up? It looks like a great place to be. I can’t wait to read Love Without End. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
    Merry Christmas!

  20. Hello Suzanne. Thanks for Spotlighting Robin. She’s a good one. Interesting interview. Would love to win her book. Thanks for the chance.
    Maxie

  21. Teresa Sgroi says:

    I would love so musch to win Robin’s new book. Thanks

  22. Teresa Sgroi says:

    I would love so musch to win Robin’s new book. Thanks for this opportunity.

  23. Debbie Spinelli says:

    I enjoyed reading Robin’s interview and would love to read her book. thanks

  24. Alison Damiano says:

    Looks like this will be a good continuation of her King’s Meadow books. Hope I win.

  25. Andrea Sgroi says:

    Robin sounds like an author I’d like to get to know and King’s Meadow sounds like a nice place to visit… even if only in a book. thanks and I hope I win.