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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Welcome Author Robin Perini

1.      Where do you hail from? What do you love most about your hometown?

My family moved quite a lot until I was twelve, and we settled in Hobbs, New Mexico, afriendly, small town in the southeastern part of the state. Hobbs was a great place to grow up. Small enough that I could learn to drive without causing too much damage. Small enough I couldn't get into too much trouble without someone tattling to my folks. Large enough that we got a Wendy's when I was in high school.
Hobbs folks tend to be 'can-do' people. I made good friends there, and still keep in touch with some. As a place to grow up, I couldn't have asked for better.

Except maybe, for a few mountains and some green grass.

1.      Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
In Her Sights is my debut novel, so it's a real dream come true for me to even be here. For a long time, I had to wonder if it would happen. Jazz's story has been with me a long time, and while I've written other manuscripts since she first came to life in my heart, this has always been a story I really wanted to tell. I'm so thankful that Jazz found a home at Amazon's Montlake Romance.

Jasmine “Jazz” Parker is the only female sniper on Jefferson County’s SWAT team. Always at the ready with calm nerves and steady hands, she never misses a shot. Strong, dedicated, and dependable, Jazz has committed her life to defending the helpless by exacting swift and uncompromising justice, all the while harboring dark, devastating secrets from her past. Secrets she thought she'd buried for good as a teenager.

To keep her past hidden, Jazz keeps a low profile and avoids getting too close to anyone, including the one man she thought she could love—ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery. So when Luke runs a front page story about Jazz, calling her a hero for her recent victory—saving the life of the governor’s daughter—she feels uncomfortable with the exposure, and rightly so. A vicious enemy from her past takes notice of the article and sets out on a mission to reveal Jazz’s secrets and ruin her life in the process. At the same time, a corrupt cop is out to take Jazz down at any cost.  As her world begins to unravel, Jazz is forced to rely on Luke for help—putting his life and the lives of those closest to him in danger.

You can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph at my website at www.robinperini.com.

So much has already happened since I sold In Her Sights. Within months I sold three more novels to Harlequin Intrigue.

So, in 2012, three romantic suspense novels will be released from Harlequin. Finding Her Son, which won the 2011 Romance Writers of America ® Golden Heart® Award in Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure as Stolen Lullaby, will be released in March 2012. In the story, a woman determined to find her kidnapped son, and who is suspected in her husband's death, reluctantly teams with the embattled SWAT cop assigned to prove her guilt. Cowboy in the Crossfire, in which a woman desperate to protect her young son after he witnesses a murder, is forced into an alliance with the disgraced Texas Sheriff who her family framed, will come out in July, 2012. A third book will hit the shelves, Christmas, 2012.
I truly hope there are many more stories to tell!

2.      How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

In Her Sights really came from my heroine, Jasmine "Jazz" Parker. As a SWAT Team sniper, Jazz always has the bad guys 'in her sights', but she also has the hero, his family and a future she believes she can never have 'in her sights'. The play on words appealed to me, and it always seemed a perfect fit for Jazz's story.
3.      Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
Usually I create my stories as I ask myself about the emotions connected to events. What kind of person would run a closed case set of fingerprints every year for fifteen years until they finally got a hit?
In one instance, however, I started researching a book before the headline event happened. This is the case with In Her Sights, which I began researching a number of years ago, I had decided to write a book about a female SWAT Team sniper. I read numerous books about snipers and SWAT teams.
Then shortly after I'd begun my research, on a very scary day, the beltway sniper attacks began. Over the next several weeks Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland were under siege. Ten people died and three were critically injured.

The news channels were full of speculation on who the snipers could be. They even showed the significant number of books available on snipers. I had almost every one of the books on my shelves.

4.      Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Revision. Hands down. Because once I complete my 'fast draft' and have the bare bones of the story on paper, then I go through an agonizingly iterative process where I hope I tease out the heart and soul of the story. I probably add another 30% to the word count after my fast-draft is completed over at least three to six iterations.

I think it was Jack Bickham, the noted writing instructor who said, “Good novels aren't written. They're rewritten and revised.” That may not be true for everyone, but it's definitely true for me!
5.      Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
I have so many authors who have brought me incredible joy since I was a child. In fact, on my website (http://www.robinperini.com) I have included a listing many of my all-time favorite books and authors.

Those books typically evoke deep emotions within me. They are my window into pain, joy, insight, and wisdom. One of my favorite authors is Sharon Sala. This New York Times Bestselling Author has written novels that twist my heart through a painful journey, but end in hope. Her ability to touch my soul makes me go back to her stories again and again.

Even more than that, Sharon Sala is a mentor to me. She read In Her Sights several years ago. She believed in me and my book at a time when it was hard to believe in myself. I'm not sure I would be here today without her encouragement. She is an amazing writer, of course, but even a more amazing person.

I'd like to be her when I grow up.

As to what books most influenced me, there are so many, but because In Her Sights is my debut novel after a number of years of trying to sell, I think it appropriate to choose one.

One gave me my dream.

Let me explain. In 2008, I completed my Masters degree to advance my career in the technology field. I had also been writing for a number of years. I'd become a sought-after writing instructor, and taught numerous, time-intensive, but well-received online classes. A dear friend asked me what I really wanted to do with my life. And my writing. I had received many accolades as a teacher. I love teaching. I love inspiring. Many authors credited the classes for helping them sell their books. Nothing gave me more joy, but I had started writing to be a storyteller myself.

I pulled out a book by Hyrum W. Smith called The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management. I had read the book before, but this time, I had a question in my heart. How could I succeed in my chosen career, spend time with my family, teach, write, and everything else I was juggling.

This book focuses on prioritizing your life, but more importantly on making choices. I had a difficult decision to make. What mattered most to me? I made a choice. I took a hiatus from teaching online classes and limited my workshops to special events a few times a year. I backed away from volunteering in some organizations. I learned to say 'no' – at least a bit better. I restructured my life making time for those things I identified as the most important. About two years after that decision to focus a significant amount of energy on storytelling, I sold my very first book.

So, Hyrum Smith's book gave me my dream. I will be forever grateful.

6.      What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

I'm not sure it's exactly weird, but when I was researching the SWAT Team sniper book, I learned a lot about ballistics and shooting from my dad, who is a competitive silhouette shooter (they have four metal targets: chickens, pigs, rams, and turkeys) and must stand to shoot without a rest. So, I decided to learn. I grew up in the west, so I was familiar with guns, but I hadn't done a lot of target shooting.
Let me just say that holding a rifle steady is tough! Hitting targets even tougher.
There are definitely a few scenes in In Her Sights that came from that research.

7.      Where can we find out more about your books?

You can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph on my website at www.robinperini.com. I'm also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks again so much for having it. I had a great time.

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In Her Sights Book Summary
Jasmine “Jazz” Parker, Jefferson County SWAT's only female sniper, can thread the eye of a needle with a bullet. But she carries a secret from her past that she thought she buried for good at the age of fifteen. Two years ago she even drove away the one man she believed she could love—ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery—to keep her past hidden. Now, in a fleeting second, the time it takes for one clean shot, one perfect hit, to save the life of the governor's daughter, Jazz's world begins to crumble around her.

Luke splashes her face and name across the front page of the newspaper, reawakening her past with a vengeance. A vicious enemy is now bent on destroying her life, forcing Jazz to turn to the one man she can never have in order to stop a killer before she and everyone she cares about pays the ultimate price. Full of explosive action and almost unbearable suspense, In Her Sights is a relentless, steamy thriller surprisingly infused with soul and poignancy.

Robin Perini Bio:
Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission's motto: "when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe."

As a writer, Robin is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her seven prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finals, and Golden Heart Winner in 2011. Stolen Lullaby, will be published by Harlequin Intrigue® in May, 2012 as Finding Her Son. Her other 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist, In Her Sights, will be published by Amazon's Montlake Romance November 29, 2011.

By day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or find her training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. She's a voracious reader and a die-hard fan of the T.V. series, BONES.

Price: $13.95
ISBN: 9781612181523
Pages: 262
Release: November 29, 2011

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Tribute Books said...

Thanks Brynna for hosting Robin today.

Robin, congratulations on selling 3 more novels to Harlequin after your success with "In Her Sights." That's wonderful!

Robin Perini said...

My thanks, too Brynna. It was great to be able to share memories of my home town with everyone...and my lessons in ballistics.

If anyone wants to pick my brain, feel free to ask...I'll be checking in all day.


Robin Perini said...

Thanks so much for having me today! I really appreciate the support.

All my best,

Caroline Clemmons said...

Robin, I grew up in Lubbock, TX not far from Hobbs. We were almost neighbors by plains' standards.

Robin Perini said...

How amazing, Caroline! We went to Lubbock when we wanted to go to the 'big city' to go shopping. Also, Lubbock and Midland/Odessa were the airports of choice :-). Only 2 hours away...which is just a hop, skip and jump by those standards, huh?

Thanks SO much for stopping by! Enjoyed seeing you here!