One of my favorite magazines is Outside, mostly because its pages are
full of places I’d like to escape to some day. The magazine is all about the
outdoors—adventure travel, best places to live, lifestyle, and one of their
annual issues features dream jobs. As I was reading about these awesome outside
occupations, one of them jumped out at me as extra cool: that of historic
preservationist. Half a minute later, I knew I wanted to write stories with
heroes who traveled the globe safeguarding and preserving the world’s most
important heritage sites. Add in romance and I hoped to create a little
Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone with my
Take A Risk series of novellas.
I feel super lucky that I’m living my dream job as a writer. But there are lots
of really neat jobs out there that would be fun to experience. Let’s pretend
that for one week, we could be whatever we wanted to be. What would you do? Here
are my picks…
I’d love to be an entertainment reporter. Back in college, I did an internship
with Entertainment Tonight and got to go on several interviews. It was awesome.
Even though I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and seen my share of
celebrities, I’m always a little star struck. So I’d love to get to interview my
favorites. My heroine in my new release, His Million Dollar Risk, is a reporter
at odds with her interviewee—my charming, let’s-go-off-the-record heritage
preservationist. I had a blast writing her. (And him.)
Sign me up as an interior decorator, too. Getting to shop and decorate homes
while spending other people’s money would be so much fun. I’m not sure I’ve got
a knack for it, but I’d like to try.
I’d also like to be a florist and own a small flower shop. I’ve done some flower
arranging for friends’ bridal and baby showers and even a vow renewal and really
enjoyed it. Heading down to the flower mart early in the morning to find the
perfect flowers made me feel alive, like I was part of this whole other culture.
And of course I’d like to be a pop star and sing on stage with a bunch of uh,
male back-up dancers who may or may not be wearing shirts.
Lastly, I’d be all in as a female Jacques Cousteau. I love the ocean and it
would be awesome to travel the world doing underwater research. Swim with
sharks? You betcha! As long as I’m in a cage, I’m good. The small fact that
every time I’ve been on a boat I’ve gotten seasick doesn’t matter, right? In
this game of pretend, everything is perfect.
About HIS MILLION DOLLAR RISK
Determined to make his latest preservation project on Route 66 a success, Connor
Gibson will take any good press he can get. Even if it means spending a week
with a reporter. And even if it’s one from a publication he has good reason to
hate. Connor certainly isn’t expecting a spontaneous and undeniably attractive
blonde who makes him seriously hot for the press...
Charlize Beckett is in deeeep trouble. This is her one chance to prove to her
publisher dad that she's a serious journalist, even if she has to pretend she's
someone else. Worse though, is trying to maintain any objectivity with the way
too charming Connor. She can't help but get into all kinds of sexy trouble with
him. But by going off the record, Charlie is putting both her reputation and her
heart on the line...
About Robin Bielman
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart
husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to
her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also
likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she
longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t
mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky
notes, cable television shows, cupcakes, and coffee drinks. Writing is a dream
come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.
She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and is a 2014 RITA Finalist with
her Secret Wishes novel, HER ACCIDENTAL BOYFRIEND. She loves to connect with
3 comments posted.
Hi Robin! Although I've never heard of the magazine you've mentioned, it certainly sounds wonderful--I may have to check to see if my library has it. If I could do it, I would be a travel writer, but only in a certain capacity. I don't do airplanes, so it's all road trips for me. I love road trips because you get to see the real world and not just the tourist traps. I love getting the chance to speak with real townspeople across the country. You get a better feel for an area that way.
(Sandy Kenny 10:08am February 23, 2015)