A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by author, Robin Stephen, asking me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her novel, Another Year or Two. Of course I said yes and I am glad that I did. Robin was a pleasure to work with and talk to and I can’t wait to read more of her Turnpost stories as well as The Pegasus Trilogy. Make sure to read both pages of our interview and check Robin out on her social media sites!
Amanda: Hi Robin, I really would like to thank you for contacting me! I loved reading Another Year or Two and was excited to see that it was such a multi-layered, realistic story. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Robin: I’m in my early 30s and live in Iowa City with my husband. My ‘day job’ is running a small web design and front-end development firm, and my husband and I also ride and train horses.
I grew up in rural Southwestern Arizona, living on a few acres of land tucked up against the foothills of the Catalina mountains. My dad is an archaeologist, and he was born in England. We were lucky as kids to get to travel internationally quite a bit in conjunction with projects he was working on. We spent five summers in France. In college, I lived in Wales for a year. Until I was in my late 20s, I’d been to more foreign countries than states in the US. I like to write about the different cultures and environments I’ve spent time in. The second book in my upcoming trilogy is set in England.
Amanda: What is your writing process like? Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?
Robin: I write first thing every morning. Typically I write a rough draft in one big chunk, usually with very little planning or mapping of the story. Then I leave the story and write something else. I make sure to take at least six months away from a work. Then I rewrite, sometimes ending up using none of my original writing, sometimes using a lot of it. I rewrite books until they feel they are in their ideal form (or as close to that as I can manage. :)) Sometimes this takes several rewritings.
My inspiration comes from all over. My Turnpost stories draw heavily on my life with horses and the ranching tradition my husband and I aspire to emulate. My fantasy works are just my imagination going haywire. I actually dreamed the prologue of The Teardrop Game. The next morning I woke up and realized it was a great story and I should write it down.