Author Interview: Robin M. Farella

Do you play music while you write — and, if so, what’s your favorite?
I do like to play music when I write. The music depends on the genre that I am currently writing about. The series I am writing is an epic fantasy quest, so that is the type of music that I listen to when I write. Instrumental magical fantasy type music that you might hear in a fantasy quest movie.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?
We have two dogs and one cat. Topanga is basically an upstairs cat; she loves having the entire upstairs space all to herself. She has on occasion decided that I need to stop writing and pet her. She does this by laying on my laptop. She sits with me whenever I write. So much so that I gave her credit as my ghostwriter in my first book.

How many hours a day do you write?
I try to write at least two hours per day. I am a full-time college student, so making time to write can be a challenge. I write mostly in the evenings and on the weekends.

If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?
I am currently editing my second book, which takes place in the same world as my first, Asadore. This time Ellie and her friends time travel to Ancient Asadore and come face to face with the Elemental Guardians who will challenge Ellie and the others to prove themselves worthy to wield the very elemental items that they use to be Keepers of the Elements in their own time.

What books did you grow up reading?
I am a big fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and probably wore out two sets of the series from reading them so much. I also enjoyed reading about Elizabeth I and the Tudors of England.

How long did it take you to write this book?
This book took me three months to write. I started in January and self-published in early April.

What characters in your book are most similar to you or to people you know?
Ellie is the main character in my book, and she is based off of some of the traits of my daughter and her friends. Fierce, independent, speak their minds, but have a sense of humor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I love to travel to National Parks with my husband and family. Some of my favorites are Zion and Sequoia.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?
The most valuable piece of advice I was given about writing was actually from my favorite author, Anne Easter Smith. She has written many best-selling books over the years. She told me that even after all the time she had been writing, there were books that even she couldn’t get published. This was not meant to be discouraging, nor did I take it that way. It helped me realize that even famous authors can get rejected, so I needed to not be so hard on myself.

What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The cliffhanger and sneak peek to the next book in my series was my favorite part to write.

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