Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Author Spotlight: Sarah Robinson

The Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf Author Spotlight is on Sarah Robinson today. Robinson is a Amazon Best Selling Author of the books, Sand & Clay, Tainted Bodies and Tainted Pictures. She is getting ready to release the last book in her Photographer Trilogy, Untainted in November. Robinson is also joining together with 11 other authors for a special anthology called Playing with Fire which is also due in November.  She discusses what it feels like ending her Photographer Trilogy and her inspiration behind her stories in my interview with her. It's my pleasure to introduce to you today's Author Spotlight, Sarah Robinson.

Sarah Robinson's Biography

Sarah Robinson is the four-time Amazon Bestselling Author of Sand & Clay, Tainted Bodies, and Tainted Pictures. Her very popular trilogy, The Photographer Trilogy, includes Tainted Bodies, Tainted Pictures, and the not yet released Untainted. Her latest publications include Sand & Clay and Logan’s Story, both in the Sand & Clay Series. All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense. She also has a very large social media following, including over ten thousand Facebook fans.

Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love in emotions, combining psychological complexities and human flaws to create very real characters that readers can relate with. Her work focuses on redemption and forgiveness, learning to build on what has been broken. Her characters are often in conflicting situations, leaving the reader to decide what is right and what is wrong. She uses her stories to hold a mirror up to the reader and ask them to see things they never knew, or had forgotten, about themselves.

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. She is newly married to her soul mate, Justin, who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues including 2 dogs, 7 cats, and 5 turtles, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

An Interview with Sarah Robinson 

Thank you for taking the time for this interview. You just announced the release date for the final book in the Photographer Trilogy, Untainted, how does it feel wrapping up this series?

It feels like I'm saying goodbye to a huge chapter in my life, friends I've known for years. It's heartbreaking, honestly, and that is why it's taken me so long to finish this final book. It will be the end of their story, there will be a follow up scene in the box set, but there will be no sequels or prequels or anything like that. So, it's just very difficult to say goodbye to a series I love, characters I love, and the books that first brought me into the writing world. 

You have another series as well, Sand & Clay, what was the inspirations for this story?

The inspiration for this series is about choices- they are never black and white, and sometimes there is no right and wrong. Sand & Clay presents a love triangle and Logan's Story explains the start of it. Whoever Logan chooses to be with isn't wrong, no character is fully good and no one is fully bad. I like this series because it causes inner conflict, it makes you question what you think is right and wrong. It makes you look at your own life and what choices could have led you down a completely different path. Plus, who doesn't love a hunky, angst-filled rockstar?

Out of all your books do you have a favorite?

Logan's Story is probably my favorite. It's my best writing to date (published) and it is a genuine story of love, family, loss, and priorities. Aside from Logan's Story, Untainted is becoming one of my favorites. It's been so emotional to write and I think the readers will see a lot more from me in this book then in the first two in that trilogy. 

In November you're also going to be part of an Anthology with 11 other authors, how did this project come about?

It was actually my idea, I really wanted a good romantic suspense anthology out there and hadn't seen any that truly caught my eye. Then I got the idea for having them all be firsts in a series, so it's really a great combination. Thankfully I have so many close and wonderful author friends that I just had to ask a few and quickly I had all the spots filled!  It's such an amazing group of women and I'm so honored that they would even give me the time of day, let alone be in a project with me.

How important was it to you to have proceeds of the book go to RAINN, (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)?

Tainted Bodies is the first book in the anthology and it centers around sexual assault, so it has always been a close cause to my heart. I also worked as a counselor with sexual offenders for quite some time- I have a graduate  degree in criminal psychology. So this has always been a field I've been interested in working in.

What do you have planned for your next book?

I have some really exciting projects coming up that I can't talk about just yet but will be announcing soon. I am so unbelievably excited about it and I know my readers will be too. Be prepared for some serious alpha males!

You have been a four-time Amazon best seller, what was your initial reaction to it?
Shock? I mean, I have always loved to write but never in my life did I actually think anyone would read my work. It's an amazing feeling to see the credit of tons of hours of blood, sweat, and tears. Everyone loves to be appreciated, it's just an honor overall. 

I’ve read that you like to write real characters that readers can relate to, do you gather inspiration from your own experiences or from people around you?

Both, some characters are based on parts of me, others are based on parts of people I know. I wouldn't say that there is any character I've written that has been 100% like someone I know or like me, it's more that I mix together a bunch of things I've experienced or seen and create a unique world out of it. I worked as a counselor with sexual offenders, schizophrenics, and all sorts of other mental illnesses so I have a lot of very unique stories, personalities, and experiences to draw from. I think that readers like characters that they can imagine and relate to, rather than reading about billionaires or things like that. I mean, don't get me wrong, every once in a while it is nice to read an escape book and put yourself in some rich heiress's shoes who falls in love with Prince Charming, but come on... that's not real. I like raw and true. It's all I know. 

What has been your favorite part of writing and publishing books?

Pressing publish! Knowing a project is as good as you can possibly make it and then handing it out to the world and moving on to the next. It's an amazing accomplishment.  Other than that, I love interacting with readers- like true fans, who actually are genuinely good people. Love it. 

Who are the authors who has influenced you as a writer?

-It's too many to count. I would say James Patterson meets Nicholas Sparks is the type of writing I tend to go for. 

In 10 words or less can you tell readers why they should read your books?

They are painfully heartbreaking, and heartbreakingly beautiful. 
Is there anything you would like to say to you fans and/or readers new to you.

Thank you for supporting me, keeping me writing, and giving me reasons to write! Thanks for allowing me to rip open your heart and then slowly piece it back together again with my stories. It's unbelievably humbling that readers trust authors that much, to give them a piece of their soul- knowing that we are going to break it, hurt it, then heal it. It's a very interesting relationship between authors and readers.

Books by Sarah Robinson
Kate Jackson is listlessly floating through her life having no idea what or who she wants to be and burdened by the pains of her past, that is until she meets Derrick Kane.

A whirlwind romance leads Kate to believe that Derrick is the answer to all her questions and the patch to heal all her wounds.

Derrick and Kate’s love is quickly tested as a shocking crime force Kate to have to figure out how to take care of herself and leads her into a mystery that only Kate has the key to solve.

Can she catch an extremely dangerous criminal and keep the love between Derrick and her alive?  Find out in the following books of The Photographer Trilogy.

Kate Jackson had no idea who she was until she met Derrick Kane and their whirlwind romance turned out to be the everything she needed to build a future and heal her past.

But a shocking crime leads Kate to uncover the work of an extremely dangerous serial killer, notoriously called “The Photographer” due to his penance for taking pictures of his victims.
Derrick continues to work to gain back Kate’s trust and to find The Photographer as Kate builds new friendships and finds new skills.

Can she catch The Photographer and learn to trust Derrick again? Find out in the next and final book of The Photographer Trilogy.

Derrick Kane just walked in on a scene that will drastically alter his life forever, thanks to the work of the infamous serial killer, The Photographer. Someone is dead, someone is missing. Kate Jackson, the love of his life and his fiancé, is one of those two.

Unwilling to wait for the slow pace of the detectives at the crime scene, Derrick must work with Kate’s sister, Annie Jackson, to find the clues that will lead them to the answers they so desperately need.

Will these two catch The Photographer? Can they bring a broken family back together? Will Kate and Derrick ever be able to have their happily ever after?

Find the answer to all these questions and more in the final installment of The Photographer Trilogy.

Young New York City socialite Caroline Sanders is perfectly satisfied with her life until the brooding rock star Logan Clay tramples all over her illusions and shows her just how much she has been missing.

There are a million reasons why they shouldn’t be together and their timing couldn’t possibly be worse. Nothing goes according to plan and Logan must choose between Caroline or his career. Caroline must choose between this newly found love or the life her parents had made for her.

As much as they fight their true feelings, fate keeps throwing them back into each other’s lives. Can they find a way to be together when they have every reason to run the opposite direction? Happy endings might not be for everyone…

Logan Clay is a dreamy, starving artist working multiple jobs to support his ailing mother and unemployed father, all while pursuing his dream of becoming a famous musician.

When luck shines on him, it looks like he might finally get the big break that he has been waiting for- that is until he meets Gina.

The daughter of a record label executive, Gina Vile has the potential to make all of Logan’s dreams come true or destroy any chance he will ever have. Can fame and love go hand in hand?
This is a Sand & Clay prequel novella.

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