About Teresa Roblin:
I’m a widow, and have two wonderful adults sons.We have a male Weimaraner called Shadow who thinks he’s human.
I’m the oldest of five children and come from a very large, very loud, Italian family. I have written 2 romances, Hocus Pocus and Now You See It.
“Teresa has a tendency to daydream in class. She should pay more attention.”
That’s what one of my elementary teachers wrote on my report card. I’m an adult now and I haven’t changed a bit.
In 2000, I started writing my first erotic romance, Hocus Pocus, and within seven months it was completed. My second erotic romance, Now You See It . . . , a year later. Naïve daydreamer that I was, I thought this is it, I’m going to get published. Optimistic, I entered my erotic novel in a contest and ended up placing last in the paranormal category.
So what did I do? I joined RWA, my local chapter, took writing courses, on-line workshops, talked to other writers, joined a critique group and read all the erotic romances I could get my hands on.
Erotic contemporaries, erotic-paranormals, erotic-fantasies, erotic-westerns, erotic-historicals, for the sake of learning my craft, and becoming a better writer, I was willing to make this sacrifice. (LOL)
At my first meeting, my fellow romance writers from my chapter started asking me questions. Am I a pantser or a plotter? What’s my character’s internal conflict? Do the scenes propel my story forward or are they just pretty words?
That day I went home and thought, “Crap! What have I gotten myself into?”
So back to the drawing board I went and wrote my erotic romance, and rewrote it, and rewrote it till I got it right. I finally placed second and third in contests, and eventually won awards.
Now, everyone can read my erotic novels, share in my erotic daydreams, and understand why I usually walk around with a grin on my face. (My sons have learned not to ask me why I’m smiling because I tell them – in vivid detail.)
What inspires you to write?
When I read an amazing author, like Karen Marie Moning or S.E. Smith, they light my creative juices. A lot of times I’ll have “Ahha Moments” after reading a scene which will have a dominos affect and I end up with alternative ideas for my stories. Then you’ll find me talking to myself, “If my hero does this, then my heroine can do this.”
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline most of my story, in point form, I plot my 3 acts. This is rough, and as more ideas keep popping into my head I just go back and plug them in.
I have charts for my characters, showing their internal and external conflicts. That way I know that depending on the characters internal conflict they will act in a certain way when placed in external situations that will pull them one way or another.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters as I write. At the beginning my sons wanted to know who I was talking to . . . not anymore.
What advice would you give other writers?
Allow yourself to just write. Even if it’s just one page. I know life has a habit of interfering, but when I put aside “me time” and write, the rest of my day seems brighter.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published because I enjoy the control it gives me over my work, cover art, schedule, etc.
You can only decide what works best for you. Is it financially beneficial to go with a traditional publisher, or self-publish with a large distributor? Or even sell your books on your own web site when you already have a large following.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that today’s writer has more opportunities and flexibility to mix up how they wish to publish their books. So there will be continued growth with Publishers, steady pace with self-publishing on sites like Amazon, Apple, and as the authors with large following will sell directly to their readers so they keep all revenue.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Teresa Roblin Page On Amazon
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