Thursday, July 11, 2013

"900 years and I've never been slapped by anyone's mother."


 I have nothing clever to say as an introduction, except that I was pleased to have been able to interview another of my friends - and my NaNo partner.

 And that is about all I have. Therefore, I'd like you all to meet Robyn! 


Welcome, Robyn! It is great having you today! I know from emails and other chats I've had with you that you are an author - who is working on a wonderful book! What first inspired you to write a book? And where did you get the idea for this book from?

Well, I have always made up stories even before I was able to write—things like imaginary friends, Barbies, “games” with my sister, that kind of stuff. When I was in second grade, my class took a field trip to a young writers and illustrators conference. I came home from it and told Mom that I wanted to be an author.
But I didn’t start really writing until I was thirteen. There was a short story contest for American Girl Magazine. You were supposed to write a sequel to a fairytale (I didn’t win). After that, I wrote a story about a candy shop. Then I wrote a play that was a new variation of the ending of Snow White. Then a story about a girl who lived during the Revolutionary War. I just kept writing.  

As for The Curse Fulfilled, which I am currently editing, I do not remember where I got the idea. It might have been an idea that just popped into my head. I wanted to write a modern day fantasy.

For the book I am currently writing (title-less right now), I don’t remember how I got the idea for that, either. I remember getting a plot bunny about a boy who is the rightful king instead of his cousin and dragons that are ridden. I wrote down a snippet when I had the idea then in June, the plot bunny returned. I got more ideas for the book and started writing it.

What do you like best about writing? Least?

What I like best about writing is writing. Even if I saw in my future that I would never be published, I would still write. With nothing but a Papermate and a college-ruled notebook, I create kingdoms, Fey-people, languages (mostly just one, but I've created a few words in other tongues), herb lore, genealogies that affect the characters' lives, magic, and dragons. And I love seeing my words typed and printed onto paper for the first time.

What I like least—those days when I don’t like my writing. Those days of “this book is no good”.
 I think we've all had those days. We we want to toss our books into a trash bin and start a career as a chief. 

Besides writing, what are some of your favourite past times?

I read. J And since I love a good story, I like watching movies and TV, too (I recently started watching Doctor Who). And I like talking to other writers online and knitting.
 Hurray for Doctor Who! *Smirk*

Given the choice, would you read a book or watch a movie?

Depends on the book, depends on the movie. Wonderful answer, I know, but it’s true.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kinds?

Not usually. I listen to music as I do chores and I think about my writings as I work (whether I am actually thinking of what to write, scenes I imagine with the song, or the fact my characters are singing that song).
Which do you find easier to write, boy characters or girls?

Well, most of my main characters are boys (And… most of my villains are girls. Anyone else see anything strange about this? J ), but neither gender is easier for me than the other.
 This rather makes me happy. I'm always disappointed when I can't find books with boys as the main characters. 

What genre of book is your favourite?

Fantasy. No contest. I love dragons! And hobbits! And fairies!
 Books are always better with dragons.

Given the choice, would you go for a long walk in the woods or for a stroll through the city?

I’m going to say a stroll through the city. I love cities like Nashville, Indiana, St. Augustine, Florida, and Washington, D.C. (yes, I have been to D.C.).

What are your thoughts on adventures?

It depends. If I am having an adventure (and by adventure, I assume you mean a dangerous journey), I have the same mindset as Bilbo Baggins: “Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Make you late for dinner.” But if I am writing an adventure, I have Gandalf’s mindset: “If you’re referring to the incident with the dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give Drake a little nudge out the door.”

And lastly - the greatest question of all time next to chocolate questions - swords or bows?

I have to say bows. I love swords and The Curse Fulfilled is a quest for a sword, but I love archery. Someone, teach me how to shoot like Merida! There are other archers I like, too—Legolas, Hawkeye, and of course, Robin Hood. J
 A quest for a sword, I like it already. (And though I prefer swords personally, one can never go wrong with a good bow. *Grin*)

Author Bio:
Robyn Hoode has loved a good story her whole life. She is editing The Curse Fulfilled, the first book of the Drake Elliot series and writing the first book of the King’s Destiny trilogy. And though she says she’s an Elf who lives in Gondor with a talking cat, she really lives in Indiana with her parents and siblings, reading and writing and enjoying a life she couldn’t possibly make up.
Book Summaries
The Curse Fulfilled—An ancient curse, a dragon, and a quest for a sword. Stay Tuned.
King’s Destiny Trilogy- Book I—He’s got a lot against him. But he’s the king, whether or not his people think he can do the job.
  Thank you for coming by today, Robyn! (Even if you did make me wish your books were out now so I could read them!)

 Quote is from Doctor Who, and if you didn't know that I shan't be sharing any more of John's cookies with you.

 Allons-y!

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12 comments :

  1. Lovely interview! I love it when I hear of other people who had imaginary friends and made up elaborate stories with Barbies. American Girl Dolls aren't bad either. =)

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    1. Yes, AG Dolls aren't bad, either. :) But I only have one and the "adventures" I had with her are far less than the Barbies and Polly Pockets.

      ~Robyn Hoode

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  2. Thanks for interviewing me, Jack. It was fun. And I'm glad to hear that you like the sound of my books. :)

    I'll be back to respond to comments tomorrow. Today, I'm going on an adventure!

    ~Robyn Hoode

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  3. Great interview! I agree–bows and archery are pretty cool. It's not exactly the easiest thing in the world (I speak from experience) but it certainly looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica.
      Yeah, archery looks so cool.

      ~Robyn Hoode

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  4. I have a book that was inspired by my two barbies and Jess, my AG doll. I haven't gotten very far on it, but it is a rather interesting story.

    Most of my MC's have been girls, but lately, some of my boys have become a bit more opinionated. There's a focus to their POV that girls don't usually have.

    A fantasy book should not claim to be fantasy unless there isn't at least a hint of a dragon.

    I'm with you when it comes to the sword/bow debate. They're both good in their place. Personally, I prefer a nice, sturdy stick, but most of my characters pick one or the other of the other two. *Glares at characters*

    Ooh! Now I really want to read your book! It sounds really good! Nice interview, Robyn!

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    1. I used to think I wrote boys because I chose them for their physical strength-- I can beat them up and they endure it better than girls. But I think now the MCs come to me gender already decided.
      You know what Tolkien said? "It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any dragons."
      I'm glad to hear that I have another potential reader. Thank you, Kendra! It makes me want to edit. :)


      ~Robyn Hoode


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    2. Hee Hee. Actuallly, my first male POV that I seriously attempted was a wimp. His female opposite could handle much more than he could. But he's shaping up into a fine young man that she's able to look up to. (I have not finished the book, unfortunately, though I think I'm in the home stretch at long last.)

      I know, and since Tolkien is the expert when it comes to fantasy, we have to believe him. (And slide dragons into our book.)

      I've been interested in your book ever since I read the description on NaNo. Each time you talk about it, I only get more intrigued!

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    3. I think I heard Tolkien called "The Father of Modern Fantasy." But you know something? I don't recall any dragons in The Lord of the Rings. Hmm.

      I finished Do You Take This Quest. You surprised me with the old man. I was thinking that he would be someone else. :)

      ~Robyn

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    4. I forgot to say that I liked the book! *facepalm*

      I liked the book, Kendra! :)

      ~RH

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  5. No, now that I think about it, there aren't any dragons in LotR, but with the monster in the pool, the balrog, and those winged creatures that the Nazgul ride, it makes up for the lack.

    I'm pleased to hear that you liked my humble story. The old man surprised me. (In a backwards kind of way. I knew who he was when I started writing with him, but until then, I thought he was dead. I had been trying to write the book in a very different manner.)

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  6. I suppose the Nazgul are rather dragon-like. For that matter, Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon looks like a Nazgul. :)

    ~RH





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