Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Donna Reimel Robinson, Christian Romance Author - Day Two

Donna Reimel Robinson is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her publishing credits include Tumbleweed Weddings, published by Barbour, as well as three independently published books, Romance by Design, Romance in Recovery, and The God of All Tomorrows. She and her husband live in Denver, and have four grown children and eleven grandchildren. 

You can also find Donna at her Amazon author page and contact her by email

Welcome back to Novel PASTimes today, Donna! If you’re anything like I am, one favorite book is hard to pick! Do you have two or three top picks among the historical genre that you would care to recommend?

To be honest, I’m more of a contemporary romance gal! All the books I’ve had published, except The God of All Tomorrows, are contemporary. But I’ve read many historicals through the years. I love Catherine Palmer’s books, especially Victorian Rose. It’s a shorter book set in 1839 with a great plot. I’ve also enjoyed books by Julie Klassen. The Apothecary’s Daughter, especially, is a great story and has a wonderful ending with a twist.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

You can research anything on the Internet! When I started writing (25 years ago), I depended on the encyclopedia and the library to find information. Now I can “Google” a topic, and usually find way more info than I need. Photos are plentiful too.

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

I’ve always loved to read fiction, but I never thought of seriously writing until my husband had a friend who was writing a book. I decided to try my hand at it. So I joined Writer’s Digest Book Club, attended writing conferences, wrote my ideas into story form, and sent my book proposals off to publishers. But all my book ideas got rejected. Then at one conference, I attended a session on Christian fiction with 50 other writers. The teacher would give out little writing assignments: “Take three minutes to finish this paragraph.” Everyone would be furiously writing—except me. I couldn’t think of a thing! Then the students would read what they had written, and they were really good! I thought to myself, “What am I doing here?” I decided that was it—I would give up writing. BUT, as soon as I made that decision, I heard the Lord’s still, small voice calling me to write Christian fiction. That call is what keeps me going. My writing verse is 2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV), “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace...” I have been called to write according to God’s own purpose, and I want to glorify Him with my writing. 

That’s a wonderful testimony, Donna! What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

The hardest thing to me is actually writing the book. I love to brainstorm ideas and to plot out the story. I love to “have written.” But the actual writing is very taxing. There have been several times when a deadline was looming, and I burned my brain out trying to get the book finished! Now, as an Indie Author, I have self-deadlines. If I don’t meet them, I only have myself to blame, and the book will not be published on the schedule I originally set. So that thought helps maintain productivity.

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

I’d say more character driven. Characters make all the difference in a romance. The heroine might be shy, or she might be stubborn. The hero might be rough, or he might be kind. Their emotional journey together is what makes a romance work. But something has to happen, and that’s where the plot comes in. In The God of All Tomorrows, a lot happens to Launi and Miles, but what happens on the inside is more important. 

Would you like to share about what you are working on now?

As I said before, I mainly publish contemporary Christian romance, and that’s the genre of my next book. It’s called The Ballad of Steffie Mae, a fun story set in West Virginia. I hope to have it out in October 2015.

Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

This has been said before, but never give up! If the Lord called you to write, He has a plan for you. Trust Him.

Thank you, Donna, for joining us at Novel PASTimes and for your candid answers. It has been a privilege to interview you.

Thank you for having me!

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Amy C said...

I love to read books set in Ireland and Scotland.

Donna Reimel Robinson said...

I've been to Scotland, Amy. It's a beautiful country, and I'd love to write a book set there.

Donna Reimel Robinson said...

It just so happens that my husband and I will be traveling all day today-- off to Texas. (Now there's a place where a lot of stories are set!) I'll try to check back this evening. May the Lord bless your day!

Kathleen Rouser said...

Thank you, Amy, for visiting Novel PASTimes and commenting. I do enjoy novels set in in Ireland
and all of the UK, myself. Those countries make wonderful historical settings, don't they?

I have a son in TX, Donna. Hope you're having a wonderful trip!

Dee said...

I like to read stories set in Asia. Most novels I read are either set in the US or Europe, so it's nice to have a bit of change. :)