A Conversation With Robin Patchen
Robin Patchen is a wife, a mother of three teenagers, a freelance editor, and an award-winning multi-published author of seven novels and novellas. She loves to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.
When do you find time to write?
Robin: I don’t find the time so much as make it. When I’m working on a book, I set aside two hours every day to write. No matter how many words I write during those hours—even if I add no new words at all—I work on my book for two hours a day, five days a week. On a good week, after 10 hours of work, I’ll add about 8,000 new words.
How do you connect with your characters?
Robin: I like to interview them about their lives, asking them tough questions like, “What are you most afraid of in this story?” and “What do you need me to know?” It’s weird that their answers surprise me, because I’m writing the answers too. Somehow, interviewing them puts me in their head.
How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Robin: Most of my novels take place in New England. I grew up in New Hampshire, but I’ve lived in Oklahoma for 21 years. I love writing about New England, because it reminds me of home.
Current book: Twisted Lies: Hidden Truth Book 2
An American teacher working in a Mexican orphanage must return home to find millions stolen from her former employer or lose her adopted daughter forever.