Monday, June 2, 2014
Have a Seat B.J. Robinson!
B.J. Robinson is an Amazon best-selling, award-winning, multi-published author who writes from Florida, where she lives with her husband and pets. She has four traditionally published novels with Desert Breeze Publishing, California, as well as independently published short stories, novellas, and novels. BJ has a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, golden retriever named Honi, and a shelter cat named Frankie as writing companions. Blessed with a husband, children, and grandchildren, Jesus is her best friend. She's an avid reader, book reviewer, and passionate writer.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I've always loved books and reading. In the third grade, my teacher submitted a story I wrote about my pet dog to a local newspaper, and it was published. My first essay in college was published in another local newspaper. I won first prize for a short story in college, and it was published in Southeastern Louisiana University's literary magazine, By that time, I had hope, and I was hooked. I wanted to share my world with others and write books like I'd read.
Which of of your books do you consider your “pride and joy”. Why?
River Oaks Plantation because it's my first historical romance and my first time to write a novel using dual story lines as well as dual love stories. It' s unique in that it blends the past with the present, antebellum through contemporary. Readers love it, and it's done very well. Readers say it's my best yet, but they haven't had time to read my latest release, Romance under the Oaks, a historical romance.
Do you have any preparation rituals before you begin to write?
Prayer and coffee, French vanilla. I enjoy writing in the wee hours of the morning, since I'm a morning person. The peace and quiet without being disturbed helps.
If you had to come up with a book title to describe your life, what would it be?
Roller Coaster of Life
If you had a chance to have dinner with any author who would it be?
I have so many I'd love to meet that is a hard choice. I'd have to say Henry David Thoreau because I loved Walden if I chose an author from the past. I'd choose Naomi Musch as one from the present because she has a love for writing about the great outdoors like I do, and I think we have things in common. She's down-to-earth and realistic. I'd chose Eva Marie Everson since she was my writing mentor, and we both write southern books. Since I can only choose one, I will go with Thoreau. I'd love to interview him about his cabin experiences at Walden Pond.
We all have family, work and other obligations...
how do you maintain balance while in the middle of a writing project?
I do my writing in early morning hours before the day disrupts and interferes.
What is the one piece of advice you received about
writing that helped you the most?
Read other writers in your genre and join a critique group.
Where can we purchase your books and how can we keep up with you?
My blog: http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com
Historical Romance Author Page:
Romantic Suspense Page:
Louisiana Southern Reads Page:
Last, but not least.....What and when is your next release?
This summer Louisiana Sunset will release. Since I do not have the synopsis ready at this time, and I'm only three chapters in, I'll provide one of my latest release, Romance under the Oaks. A family saga, a fictional historical love story set in New Orleans and Vacherie, Louisiana. The Civil War ruins plantation life and the agricultural economy of the South. Jacques dreams of living the quiet plantation life, but Celina, the Creole beauty he fell in love with, loves New Orleans. She's a socialite, loves high society, the ritz and glamour of old New Orleans, adores grand balls, and loves being the belle of them. Jacques wants to give her the belle of the ball when it comes to plantation homes, and he buys a prime piece of real estate from her brother to build her the grand dame of them all on River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana. Nothing is too good for his little Creole beauty, his cher bebe. He hoped he wasn't building his plantation in the wrong place by choosing the banks of the Mississippi River, the hub of transportation, with talk of a Civil War.
How would Jacques convince Celina to move fifty miles? He'd have to build Live Oaks Plantation before he brought her there. Otherwise, she'd take one look at the place and run for the city she loved. He didn't think an alley of oaks would be enough to persuade her. He hoped the dazzling white splendor of his dreams would capture hers, too. Only time would tell. Celina loved the French Quarter and her home on Royal Street. She envisioned a grand home in the city, and she'd be the mistress of the manor. How could Jacques expect her to move fifty miles away into swampy bayou country where there were no stores to go shopping? Couldn't he have found a superior piece of real estate in the city she loved? Didn't he realize she was born for the city? Even if he planted her in the bayou, she'd never grow to be a sturdy oak there. Her roots were in the city. As the Civil War rages and gunboats steam up the Mississippi River, Celina must escape in a buggy through the woods before the shelling begins. Both her husband and her brother have told her not to worry her pretty little head about a Civil War since she had the entire Confederate Army to protect her. Now, she has only a Colt. Will it be enough?
Visit the beautiful antebellum plantation home on the banks of the Mississippi River with an alley of shaded live oaks dripping in Spanish moss. Journey with Jacques and Celina, the plantation's first owners, through their fictional historical love story and rediscover old New Orleans. Diseases ran rampant, tuberculosis and pneumonia among many others, but despite the Civil War and a disease-ravaged city, Jacques and Celina romance under the oaks and find love on the banks of the Mississippi. Love endures all and grows and flourishes like the sugarcane. Even when life as planters knew it is gone, romance under the oaks lives on.