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Can he come home again to the Plain life?


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Is sacrificing herself the only way to stop this evil?


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Is Homecoming turns out more than new dressesÖmurdersacrificing herself the only way to stop this evil?


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Vampires aren't real...or are they?


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Is your first love worth a second chance?


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Win it all, or lose it all


Robyn Carr


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Robyn Carr | Return to Thunder Point
February 26, 2014
My readers wasted no time telling me they loved Thunder Point - the sales  Read More...

Robyn Carr | Jackís Blog #4
January 29, 2011
Hardly a day goes by that we donít have interesting things happen here in Virgin River. Hi, Iím Jack Sheridan, owner of Jack  Read More...

Sandi Shilhanek | TRYING TO UNRAVEL THE KEEPING And RE-READING PHENOMENON
August 16, 2009
I think itís time to share a deep dark secret about me. I donít as a general rule keep books, and I don  Read More...

Robyn Carr | Want to Live in Virgin River?
September 17, 2007
A lot of readers have written to ask if Virgin River is based on an  Read More...

Robyn Carr | Plano Book Club August 2007 Guest
August 15, 2007
Meeting with reader groups and bookclubs has been my favorite thing for a long time, and when I had more time I belonged to two  Read More...

Because I published my first novel at the age of twenty-seven, it might seem as though I fulfilled a childhood ambition, or at least pursued a career I prepared for in college, but neither was the case. I was an average high school student with greater interest in cheerleading and boys than academics and for a college endeavor I chose nursing. But then I come from the tip of the baby boomer generation; our mothers were usually more concerned with whether we'd get married than whether we'd have successful careers. Many of us chose from the Big Three - nurses, teachers, and secretaries. Writing for me came later, but not much later.

I married my high school sweetheart four short weeks before he left for Officer's Training School in the Air Force. It was the peak of the Vietnam War and he had been assigned to pilot a helicopter. As soon as I could, I followed him from base to base where I was kept busy with wives' activities while he either worked long hours or traveled. And this is where it all really began for me - because of the instability of our lives, I didn't work in nursing. But nothing bridges the gap between loneliness and worry like a good book. Then came the children, or maybe I should say the pregnancies. Miserable and big as an ox, I was instructed to stay down and keep my feet up. My neighbor brought me ten paperbacks a week; I was reading more than one a day. With ankles the size of a normal woman's thighs, I spent my afternoons with Kathryn Swynford and John of Gaunt....with Heather and Brandon Birmingham....with Elizabeth, The King's Gray Mare. Nothing short of labor pains could snap me out of it!

I cut my teeth on Anya Seton, Kathleen Woodiweiss, Rosemary Hawley Jarmen. It made perfect sense that when I applied my own imagination to the blank page, it would be in the genre of Historical Romance. This was before the days of RWA; there was no available training program. In fact, the first conference I ever attended for writing contained no workshop on romance writing and the novelist who critiqued my manuscript boldly told me to go home and find something to do for which I had talent. That manuscript was sold to Little, Brown and Co. two years later, published in hardcover and titled Chelynne.

I spent the first decade and a half of my writing career on romance, historical and contemporary. Then, needing a change, I wrote a suspense novel, a non-fiction, and several brilliant but as yet unsold screenplays. I wrote articles and even short stories, jumping all over the place, not really aware that I was working on reinventing myself, redesigning my craft. During the course of this transition, which was by no means short, I had a great piece of good luck. I went to San Diego State University to teach a novel writing workshop and met a woman who was the editorial director for a publisher who focused on women's fiction. The range in this genre is remarkably broad - from pure romance to adventure to political intrigue to girlfriend books to small town fiction.

This was a good place for me to develop my own brand of women's fiction, a style that most closely resembles my take on real life. I want to laugh through a book, but I don't want a book that's a big laugh - and that's a tall order. As a reader I want to have a genuinely good time, but not a joke. I want real women's issues, real humor, and real teeth in the story. This is a genre with lots of room for growth.

In the meantime, with all this writing and reinventing going on, I was raising a family. My son and daughter are adults now, reading my fiction and making snide remarks about how I have used family scenarios to my advantage.

The greatest compliment I have ever received came from one of my readers who labeled me "a woman's woman." She told me I wrote as knowingly about being single as being married, about being old as young, about the happily married and someone suffering from spousal abuse. In short - my goal achieved according to one reader - I can cover all women's concerns. And my women laugh as often as they cry.

I've found my new home.

Interviews for Robyn Carr

Catching Up With Robyn Carr Sunrise Point April 25, 2012
Interview with Robyn Carr Hidden Summit January 1, 2012


 

Books:

The Promise, July 2014
Paperback
Four Friends, April 2014
Paperback
The Chance, March 2014
Thunder Point #4
Paperback
The Hero, September 2013
Thunder Point #3
Paperback
The Newcomer, July 2013
Thunder Point #2
Paperback
The Wanderer, April 2013
Thunder Point #1
Paperback
My Kind Of Christmas, November 2012
Virgin River #20
Paperback
Blue Skies, September 2012
Paperback (reprint)
The Wedding Party, August 2012
Paperback
Sunrise Point, May 2012
Virgin River #19
Paperback
Redwood Bend, March 2012
Virgin River #18
Paperback
Hidden Summit, January 2012
Virgin River #17
Paperback
Bring Me Home For Christmas, October 2011
Virgin River #16
Paperback
Harvest Moon, March 2011
Virgin River #15
Paperback
Wild Man Creek, February 2011
Virgin River #14
Paperback
Promise Canyon, January 2011
Virgin River #13
Mass Market Paperback
Midnight Kiss, November 2010
Virgin River #12 novella
Paperback
A Summer In Sonoma, July 2010
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Temptation Ridge, July 2010
Virgin River #6
Paperback
Whispering Rock, June 2010
Virgin River #3
Paperback
The House on Olive Street, June 2010
Paperback (reprint)
Shelter Mountain, May 2010
Virgin River #2
Paperback
Virgin River, May 2010
Virgin River #1
Paperback (reprint)
Second Chance Pass, May 2010
Virgin River #5
Paperback (reprint)
More Than Words, April 2010
Paperback
Moonlight Road, March 2010
Virgin River #10
Mass Market Paperback
Angel's Peak, February 2010
Virgin River #9
Mass Market Paperback
Forbidden Falls, January 2010
Virgin River #8
Mass Market Paperback
A Virgin River Christmas, January 2010
Virgin River #4
Paperback
That Holiday Feeling, October 2009
Virgin River #8 novella
Mass Market Paperback
Paradise Valley, April 2009
Virgin River #7
Mass Market Paperback
Temptation Ridge, March 2009
Virgin River #6
Mass Market Paperback
Second Chance Pass, February 2009
Virgin River #5
Mass Market Paperback
A Virgin River Christmas, November 2008
Virgin River #4
Mass Market Paperback
Down By The River, August 2008
Grace Valley #3
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Just Over The Mountain, August 2008
Grace Valley #2
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Deep In The Valley, August 2008
Grace Valley #1
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Whispering Rock, June 2007
Virgin River #3
Paperback
Shelter Mountain, May 2007
Virgin River #2
Paperback
Virgin River, April 2007
Virgin River #1
Paperback
Never Too Late, May 2006
Paperback
Runaway Mistress, March 2005
Paperback
Blue Skies, May 2004
Paperback
Down By The River, May 2003
Grace Valley #3
Paperback
Just over the Mountain, August 2002
Grace Valley #2
Paperback
Wedding Party, October 2001
Paperback
Deep In The Valley, September 2000
Grace Valley Trilogy
Paperback
The House on Olive Street, November 1999
Mass Market Paperback

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