Thursday, April 9, 2015 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Writing, Reading, and More with Robyn Bachar

The Write Way Café welcomes prolific author Robyn Bachar, who shares her thoughts on writing, reading, and surviving her enthusiastic puppy.

Tell us a little about your latest book, Bite Me.
In Bite Me I destroyed civilization with a zombie apocalypse, and then put a vampire in charge of saving humanity. Lizzy Addams was a loner before the world ended, and she worries that the humans she rescues aren’t going to thank her with a wooden stake through the heart.

If Bite Me was made into a movie, who would play your main characters, and why?
Lizzy would be played by Ellen Page, Angie would be played by Nicole Beharie, and Sean would be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. They would all do a fabulous job of looking gorgeous while kicking butt.

What or who has been instrumental in or to your writing journey?
My RWA chapter and my critique group were vital to giving me courage to submit my work for publication. It’s very helpful to have the encouragement and support of other authors.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?  What’s your best writing advice for others?
Nora Roberts gives the best writing advice. I think my favorite quote of hers is, “Give yourself permission to write crap. You can edit crap, but you can't edit a blank page.” You’re never going to get your manuscript right on the first try, so don’t agonize over making every sentence perfect. Just get it down and fix it later.

What “keepers” are in your home library?
So many… I’m trying to stick to buying e-books to cut down on the size of my print library. I have many books by Nora Roberts, Kelly Armstrong, and Linnea Sinclair, to name a few.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Like the time I slipped on the ice while walking the dog and broke my hand? I was two blocks away from home with no cell phone, so I had to walk back with a broken hand and an overexcited dog who thought my fall was a big game. Not fun.

What book do you wish you could have written?
I think every author wishes that they had written The Next Big Thing that Made Enormous Amounts of Money. I try to write the books that I want to write and not obsess about the road not taken.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I had a review where the reader said she would’ve thrown my book against the wall if it hadn’t been on her Kindle. Ouch. It’s a weird thing, though. My worst reviewed book is my best seller, and my best reviewed book has sold the least out of all my titles.

We’re adding books to our Café menu.  Would your book be a drink, an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert?  What would you call it?
An extremely sinful dessert, like Death by Chocolate. It would probably be a molten chocolate cake with a spicy chocolate center—plain on the outside, but wicked on the inside, just like Lizzy. ;-)

Tell us about the book in your closet.
I have a fantasy series that hasn’t found a home with the right publisher, so I’ve decided to publish it myself. The first book, The Sephra’s Tear, will be out this summer.

And now for the fun stuff! 

If you aren’t a full-time writer, what is your day job?
Right now I’m working in a bakery. I get paid to bake cookies, which I love. :-)

What is your biggest shopping downfall?
Doughnuts. One of the perils of working in a bakery is the temptation to buy a few things at the end of the day.

Are you a dog/cat/other person?
I’m an animal lover. I’ve had dogs and cats, and they each have their perks. My 10 pound cat was a lot easier to fit on my lap than my 70 pound puppy, but I could never take my cat for a walk. Walking the dog is a great combination of exercise and time to ponder my writing.

What is your favorite season and why?
Fall. It’s not too hot and not too cold, and not full of pollen like Spring.

If you had to write with a pen instead of a computer, what type of pen would be your preference?
Erasable pen. My handwriting is atrocious.

Consumed by the need to feed…
     After an out-of-control spell triggers the zombie apocalypse, Lizzy Addams is left in the ruins of Chicago with only the slightly unhinged commentary—and endless erotic appetites—of her inner demon for company. Her blood supply dwindling, she is forced to find survivors to feed from, or die trying.
     Officer Angela Kinney was on duty when hungry corpses overwhelmed the city. The survivors look to her for leadership, but nothing prepared her for a beautiful monster who offers safety in exchange for blood.
     Sean MacMillan never expected to see Lizzy again after she rejected his attempts to lure her back to the vampire fold. But with his flock threatened by the horde and his murderous vampire brother, Lizzy is the only one he can trust to keep them safe.
     The veil of secrecy shrouding the supernatural world torn apart, humanity’s only hope is to forge an alliance with vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Though accepting their aid could be a devil’s bargain that puts humans at the bottom of the food chain.

Buy Links:  Amazon          Barnes and Noble           All Romance

About Robyn:
     Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships, vampires, and gratuitous violence against the kitchen sink. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren Rising are available from Samhain Publishing. Her books have finaled in PRISM Contest for Published Authors, the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.
     As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in mmorpgs.

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Robyn Bachar said...

Thanks for having me today! :)

HiDee said...

Fun interview! Thanks for being with us today, Robyn - and best of luck with the new release!

RT Wolfe said...

Prolific author is right! Love that Robyn Bachar!
-R.T. Wolfe