Today my author spotlight is with the very talented Robin Rouseau. Pass the link along and lets visit with her today.
1. Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Michaela, of course 🙂 I love her feisty attitude, and she is always surprising me.
I love characters who are strong but also flawed in some way. Real people have flaws. Michaela has her history and is “excitable” as she is described in a later book. Lara can be very heavy-handed and overly direct in how she treats Michaela. I didn’t think about them this way when I started writing; I let the characters decide who they are.
2. What inspires you for your stories?
I am fascinated by so many things. I don’t suffer from ADHD, but sometimes I feel like it, drawn from one interest to another.
One of the things that fascinates me is the power relationship between two people. In a relationship, power is rarely equal. One is stronger, smarter, earns more money, or just generally more dominant.
In the Fox stories, I wanted to explore that. I wanted to take two stubborn people and put them together. Lara is heavy-handed and direct, and Michaela is stubborn and feisty. That is how they started — in my head, I had a scene of Lara being exceedingly heavy-handed with Michaela. At the time, I didn’t even realize they were werewolf and were fox, and they certainly didn’t have names. I simply wanted to explore what would happen next.
I never wrote that scene, but I worked around it, and now we have the results.
3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.
Oh dear. That may be difficult. I am pretty open to the people who know me the best.
I grew up in the 60s, so our younger audience may not appreciate this. But growing up, I had a huge crush on Catwoman from television. I could be quite jealous of the attention she gave to Batman.
Oh wait, maybe I wasn’t supposed to share something quite so revealing about myself.
4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?
The Fox stories are dual listed in lesbian romance and paranormal romance.
I’m not sure about the “heat level”. I am turned on by setting and attitude far more than graphic love scenes. But there are a few of those, and they seem to be well-received.
5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?
I have been writing since I was very young. I remember writing my first story when I was seven years old. It wasn’t remotely original, but it got things moving.
I wrote more in high school and really ramped up in college, but none of it really went anywhere.
I’ve now been writing seriously for about fourteen years, but it is only recently I have begun publishing. I have a backlog of stories and novels to get out the door some day, but right now, I am focusing on new works. I haven’t published any of the backlog yet.
As for the passion — it’s not something that I can control. The stories get into my head, and then they scream at me to climb out. If I don’t write them down, they fill my thoughts for weeks; I go around and around with them. I am much happier when I surrender to the need and start typing.
Fox Run Blurb
Michaela Redfur is a were fox living a quiet life in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She has a quiet job that gets her out of doors and avoids the werewolves as if her life depended on it. Which it does.
That all changes early one morning when Lara Burns, the Madison Wolves alpha, introduces herself, much to Michaela’s chagrin. Lara explains to Michaela that “we only want to talk”, but when a werewolf comes knocking on a tiny, delicate foxes’ front door, Michaela knows talking is the last thing in the wolfy mind.
This novel is 93,000 words and is the first in in The Madison Wolves Series.
A writer by avocation, Robin has a renaissance interest in many areas. A bit of a gypsy, Robin has called a few places home and has traveled widely. A love of the outdoors, animals in general and experimenting with world cuisines, Robin and partner share their home with a menagerie of pets and guests, although sometimes it is difficult to discern who is whom.
Stark’s Dell: http://www.amazon.com/Starks-Dell-ebook/dp/B00BZZG1G6
Cooking for Love: http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-for-Love-ebook/dp/B00CABG1OQ
Southern Night: http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Night-ebook/dp/B00CB2YLL4