Monday, July 30, 2012

"I'm a survivor of being stalked (twice)" - #Interview with @krobbins


Tell us about you.
I'm a short blonde who works in technology by day and writes fiction in her spare time. I'm a geek with a personality and a lady who loves the outdoors. Give me a garden and I can get lost and dirty for a day.
Tell us about your book. : Phish NET Stalkings was just released!

When Jane East is looking for Mr. Right through an online dating service, she receives an e-card and unknowingly installs phishing software onto her computer. Along comes Cooper Chase, who helps her track the cyber phishing scammer, while she helps in his investigation of a man who attacks women using the online dating service.

There are many twists and turns, including the fact that Cooper is seen wearing ladies, pink underwear, and the small problem of Jane’s intense fear of cops, caused by seeing her mother and granny Pearl murdered by men with badges. Of course, those men are still on the loose and searching for her. Can Cooper get past her guard in order to save her life?

What inspired you to write this particular story? : Have you ever received an e-card or a link in your email from someone you don't know? What about those emails supposedly coming from your bank? Are they safe?

This story was inspired from my own experience of phishing scams.

What can readers expect when they open your book? Give us something that isn’t on the book blurb.
Anger stirred in her belly and she slammed one fist onto her hip. “What do you want?” she barked, offering him a narrow-eyed glare. “How did you find me?”

He strode forward two steps and she took a deep breath, backed away from the door inadvertently inviting him inside. He took the spoon and ice cream from her hand, and helped himself to a bite. Stunned, she watched when he put the spoon to his lips, stared transfixed as his beautiful mouth opened and the ice cream slid inside. Her heart kicked into overtime and heat traveled straight down when he licked the spoon. His gaze pinned on her, he handed the spoon back to her.

“Mmm.”

Jane took the spoon and let it slip through her fingers and crash to the floor. She swallowed and wet her own lips. Then Cooper’s mouth was on hers and, oh, damn, if her toes did not curl. A cop, she told herself. He’s a cop, not to be trusted. But damn! His tongue delved inside her mouth and tangled with hers. Inside white athletic crew socks, her red-painted toenails curled even tighter. Why? Why did the one man who made her toes curl have to be a cop? A gosh-damn-cop.

Who is your greatest inspiration?
My parents. They always told me I could do whatever I wanted. They were right!

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
The story ends when the story ends. I was working on a novel when I was frustrated that I had to write another ten thousand words. A good friend and terrific writer, David Daniel, stopped me and said, "The story ends when the story ends." That was David's way of telling me go with the flow, let my characters lead the way, and when I see the words THE END on the page it's not because I counted the words. He was so right!

Are you a panster or a plotter?
OH! I am so a fly by the seat of my pants writer. I tried plotting once but my characters come to life and have their own minds. They decide to twist and turn and the story I plot out goes up in flames.

Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author
1. : I love to garden
2. : I recently started running and am doing a half marathon in Ireland this September
3. : I've been doing family ancestry research for the past year and am fascinated 4. : Last year I brewed my own beer for the first, but not last time
5. : I'm a survivor of being stalked (twice)

Where to connect online
Twitter : @dkrobbins

Where to buy your book