Dear Readers, I first met Robin at the American Christian Romance Writers (which later became American Christian Fiction Writers) second national conference in 2002. That’s when I started reading her books, and I love them. They all have living, breathing characters who tug on your heartstrings. The plotlines are always interesting which makes the book hard to put down. I believe you’ll love her writing, too.
BIO: A native Idahoan, award-winning and bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love (over 70 books). After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful
outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies.
Learn more about Robin and her books on her web site.
Welcome back, Robin. How did this book come about?
Some books come to an author in a dramatic way. Keeper of the Stars was not one of those books. It began first with the desire to set a Kings Meadow story in a different season than summer, which I’d already done several times. Since Keeper of the Stars was set to release in the winter, I decided the story would take place in the winter as well. Which in the mountains of
means lots of snow.
Then I envisioned a scene in a cemetery, and I began asking the what if questions. Who died? Who were the mourners? From there, the story began to reveal itself to me.
I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. Once I have an opening scene and get to know my characters, I sit down and write, returning to the computer each day to see what happens next.
I’m a lot like that, but I usually have a timeline in mind after the first chapter. Tell us about the book’s cover and what makes it unique.
I found the photograph of this couple in the snow on a photo site I use. It became my inspiration for Penny and Trevor as I wrote Keeper of the Stars. When I turned in my book, I sent the photo to the publisher as an example of my hero and heroine. I was thrilled when they were able to license it to use for the cover art. It’s definitely one of my favorite covers. The scene. The colors. And the joy and love expressed by the couple.
Please explain and differentiate between what’s fact and fiction in the book.
Kings Meadow is a fictional town in the mountains of
Idaho, but I know
exactly where it is and it’s surrounded by reality. My characters always become
“real” people to me, but Keeper of the Stars is definitely
How much research did you have to do for this book?
Every book involves on-going research of one kind or another. Sometimes it is intense, but that wasn’t the case for Keeper of the Stars. This book included research on libraries, cow-calf operations, public works, drums, etc.
What inspired and surprised you while you were writing the book?
I’m always surprised by the way a story unfolds, and Keeper of the Stars was no exception. I’m always surprised by the lessons God teaches me, sometimes in advance of a story, sometimes as I write. And that is my inspiration while I’m writing as well.
What do you hope the reader takes away from the story?
I always hope for two things: That the reader will close the book with a sigh of satisfaction, and that they will wish they could spend more time with those characters, even though the story has reached its conclusion.
What is the next project you’re working on?
I am hard at work on a story set in the wine/fruit orchard country of southwestern
Idaho in a small town
near the Snake River, not far from the Oregon
border. My hero is an organic farmer and part-time sheriff's deputy. My heroine
is a former bad girl with a tragic family background who is trying to make a
better life for herself and her daughter. Sparks
are going to fly.
They always do. I’ll be looking forward to that book, too. What do you do when you have to get away from the story for a while?
I love to read, to watch movies, to knit, and to draw or color.
When I was in rehab for my knee-replacement surgery last August, I first started the new coloring for adults coloring books. I love it. Please give us the first page of the book.
An unusually cold wind cut through the
on the day they
laid Penny’s brother, Bradley Evan Cartwright, to rest. It felt as if it cut
through her heart as well, slicing her in two. She would never again see her
little brother’s sweet smile. She would never again hear him laugh. She would
never again have to be on the alert for one of his practical jokes. Kings Meadow
And I’ll never get to tell him I’m sorry for the things I said in anger.
Seated beside her in the front row of mourners, her dad put his arm around her shoulders and drew her close to his side. It was meant to be a comforting gesture, but it was point- less for him to try. She couldn’t be comforted. Not for this.
Reverend Tom Butler ended his graveside prayer with a soft, “Amen.” Then he walked over to Penny and her dad, his face schooled into a sympathetic expression, his eyes filled with kindness. “I am so very sorry, Rodney,” he said as he took hold of her dad’s right hand between both of his own.
Her dad nodded in silence.
Tom repeated his words of condolence to Penny. Like her father, she nodded, her throat too tight to squeeze out a reply.
Chet Leonard, his wife, and sons were next. Leaning down, Chet said, “If I can do anything . . . If you ever need to talk or just be with someone who understands what it means to lose a son . . .” He let his voice trail into silence.
Charlie Regal, Brad’s best friend since first grade, came close, looked about to speak, and then shook his head as he turned to walk away.
More people came forward. A few shed tears as they whispered words that Penny no longer heard.
We have to know what comes next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
From my website, they can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.
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