Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Meet Robin Lee Hatcher - Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of our Interview with Author Robin Lee Hatcher!

What would you say has been the most difficult aspect of being a writer and why?

The marketing. I am an extrovert at the extreme end of the chart, so I enjoy the social aspects of marketing. But by the time a book releases, I have probably finished another novel and am deep into writing the one after that. My head and my heart are in a new story, and it is difficult to be pulled out of the new story and return to one from a year before. No wonder most writers go around with a slightly glazed look in their eyes. <g>

Who are some of your favorite authors? Do you have an all-time favorite book or is that too difficult to narrow down?!

I hate this question because I know so many authors in both the general market and the Christian market and I love their books. I hate leaving anyone out. So please know that these three names are just a fraction of the list I could ultimately give: Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, and James Scott Bell.

I have many favorite books, too. Dozens and dozens of favorites. But if I was required to name only one, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers would be my first choice. Not just because of the amazing story but because of how God used it and its author in my own life. Redeeming Love was first published in the general mass market (November 1991), and when I read it soon after its release, the desire was planted in my heart to write something that meaningful, that life-altering. But I wasn't walking closely with the Lord at the time, and I didn't think He could ever use me like that. Plus I didn't think I had the talent required to write such a powerful story. But because of that book, I began a journey back into right relationship with God, and I met and became friends with Francine in the spring of 1992. And eventually God called me into a ministry of writing for Him. (My first 30 books were for the general market.)

What are one or two of the most interesting things you’ve learned while researching a novel?

Wow! This is like trying to name a favorite author or favorite of my own books. I am always learning interesting things. Might not be interesting to others but very much so to me.

For Beloved, I learned a lot about Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders and the Spanish American War and the legal and political scene in that day and even about fireworks in the 19th century. Here are just a couple:

Did you know that the Rough Riders, a cavalry unit, had to leave Florida without their mounts? Only the officers' horses made it onto the ships. There wasn't enough room for the rest. And because their wasn't enough food and other supplies, Teddy Roosevelt bought what was needed out of his own money. 

Did you know that in 1900 (the era of my story), most states did not require a university education for a lawyer and most practitioners had not attended any law school or college?

What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

The overriding theme of my novels is the amazing grace of God. My prayer is, when readers finish one of my books, they will have been drawn another step closer to a God who loves them beyond their wildest imaginations.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Publishing for the first 25 years of my career looked the same as it had looked for decades. But it is different in many ways today. Lots of advice once given no longer applies. However, the key thing I've been telling aspiring novelists remains true:

Read, read, read and write, write, write.

Read everything. Read biographies and memoirs and histories and how to write books and novels outside your chosen genres and the kind of novels you hope to write. Read short stories and poetry and non-fiction. Read blogs and newspapers. Read!

Then write. You will learn more from writing and rewriting and rewriting again than you will from anything else you do when it comes to getting published. Write a story and then write another and then write another. Keep writing. Keep learning as you write. Write!

Any final words?

Thanks so much for having me on NovelPASTimes. I hope your readers will come visit my web site at to learn more about me and my books. I've always got a Goodreads giveaway in process (shown on my home page) and often have another contest going as well. When someone signs up for my e-newsletter, they get a free copy of my short story, The Huckleberry Patch. And, of course, I'm always delighted to interact with readers on my blog, through email, or on Facebook.  Happy reading!

Poppet and Pinky

Thank you for being our guest, Robin Lee Hatcher! Readers, to win a copy of Beloved, please leave a comment with your e-mail address and answer the author's question:

I love my dog and cat, Poppet and Pinky. If you were getting a new puppy or kitten today, what would you name it?


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