Welcome back, Robin. It’s been a while since you were here. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
For me there are two sides to writing. First, there is the creative side where the book gets it storyline, characters, setting, etc. and then there is the editing side where you find mistakes. Mary Garbe—longtime friend since high school, and
artist, helped me with the creativity. John Friedman, my friend from a Chicago private school,
is now a lawyer and business owner, helped with editing. Of course, I must give
the most important shout out to Nicola Martinez and Jaimie West, my editors at
White Rose Publishing.
If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
I will be speaking at book clubs throughout the summer.
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
If I were to completely start over, I believe I would settle some place artsy with the Bohemian touch, and without the tourist flavor, in
New Mexico. A few years
ago, I visited there and fell in love with the culture along with the desert.
It’s so different from any other place I have lived— Wisconsin,
and now Texas.
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Take writing advice from people who have built a solid reputation in the field.
That very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Wynn Baxter returns to
to study rare plant life and welcomes the opportunity to investigate the
mysterious circumstances of her father’s death. But the truth gets complicated
as twenty year-old memories begin to surface. What Wynn learns will shake her
emotional foundation. Hoping to glean information only leads her down a shadowy
path implicating her own flesh and blood. A haunting story of forgiveness,
science, murder, and other matters of living. Willow Island
To date, Wynn in the Willows is one of my favorite books. Writing this, I felt myself growing into a new level of character development. I hope you fall in love with the women of
Not only is it a mystery but it’s also a matchless love story. Willow Island
Please give us the first page of the book.
The sun stretched a welcoming pool of light across the front lawn. Twenty feet below the granite cliffs was
Michigan, turquoise blue and white capped today. The island ferry
was moving down the shore to dock at the Yacht Club, blowing its horn in
salutation, announcing its impending arrival.
Wynn paused at the sound of her aunt’s angry voice through the open windows, “Stop it, stop it! Think about what you’re saying for once, will you? Every time you bring up that subject, it does nothing but stir up trouble on the island for many of us old timers who’ve experienced similar situations. My niece sure can’t find out about what I did. It’s taken me years to get her back here and I won’t let you, or anyone else, ruin my plan. Promise me, no more talk about it! Ladies? Promise me.”
A flood of agreements followed.
Ruin her plan? What was Aunt Roxie talking about?
Wynn ducked her head. Too late.
“Wynn, is that you? Wynn! Come inside and meet my friends.”
“I’m coming!” Wynn called.
The door opened with a whine of complaint.
Five female Bible club members got their good first look at the island’s latest summer tenant.
Wynn’s large eyes, the color of wet green leaves, stared back. With that, the day took a new direction.
“Ladies, I want you to meet my niece, Wynn Baxter.” Roxie announced a bit too cheerfully. “She’s staying in my garage apartment. Lemonade, dear?” Still clearly upset, she forced a wide smile while holding up a pitcher loaded with ice cubes and fat lemon wedges.
Sounds interesting. I really want to know what’s going on. Where can we find you on the Internet?And on Facebook. Friend me.
Thank you, Robin, for sharing this new book with us.
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