Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Welcome Author Robena Grant


IMG_6729RToday, I’m Interviewing Romantic Suspense Author, Robena Grant, whose new 3-book Desert Heat Series begins releasing this month with the first book,  Unlock the Truth. Robena writes contemporary romance about ordinary women who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Travel and discovering new places brings her great pleasure, and she often includes these discoveries in her stories. She is Australian by birth, lives in Southern California, and has two grown children. Robena may be contacted at: where she blogs weekly, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

So, Roben, tell me: When did you first begin writing romance?

I started writing in 2000. I thought that I was writing romance but soon discovered (when I joined RWA) that what I’d written were two women’s fiction novels. I tried for several years to write for Harlequin, but my stories were too long and never fit cleanly into a line. I was always crossing genres. Then about three years ago I developed an interest in romantic suspense, and wrote the Desert Heat series.

How do you get ideas for your stories?

My ideas come from observing something or hearing something said. My mind then takes whatever it was and toys with it. Before I know it I have the beginning of story. I really enjoy observing human nature and for me the character generally shows up first, then I put him or her in an appropriate setting and it takes off from there.

Which writers have influenced you?

Jenny Crusie, for her ability to make me laugh about the most ordinary of situations, Pat Gaffney for her pure writing brilliance, and Amy Tan for introducing me to a culture that I know little about but showing that the human condition changes little from one culture to another.

What are you working on at the moment?

I just finished a contemporary romance with a European influence, and I’m halfway through a second one, and although I’d intended writing no more suspense, there is a suspense trying to insert itself. ; )

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Sitting in the chair, and not because I don’t want to write, or don’t have enough new ideas, but because I have low back pain issues. I’ve tried writing standing up but can’t do that for long periods of time.

Do you have any special quotes or sayings that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire, motivate, and encourage you?

“Don’t be defeatist it’s very middle class.” ~Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey~

“Hope…the thing with feathers.” ~Emily Dickinson~

What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a writer?

“Every love story, buddy story, partnership story, is about the exchange of gifts: emotional, spiritual, or personality, and they come from the character’s strongest traits.” This quote was taken from a course that I took from Laurie Hutzler, Media Consultant for film and television.

What advice do you have for a new aspiring writer?

Don’t try to write like anyone else. Don’t be afraid to let loose and put your true feelings on the page. You’re offering the reader something of value…a little piece of you.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Travel is my number one joy. Reading is a close second, because if I can’t afford the first I can always travel in my mind if I have a good book.

UnLocktheTruth_w7273_750Unlock the Truth is available in print and all digital formats at, Barnes&, and The Wild Rose Press.


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21 Comments to

“Welcome Author Robena Grant”

  1. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 10:31 am Robena Grant Says:

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Nan.

    I appreciate this so much and know your house is turned upside down with all of the renovations going on, so it’s even more lovely that you’ve taken the time to do this.

  2. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 10:38 am Janie Emaus Says:

    Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you.

  3. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 10:42 am Veronica Scott Says:

    Best wishes on the books! Loved the Emily Dickinson quote by the way.

  4. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 10:56 am Lynne Marshall Says:

    I’m so excited for you today. I got the e-mail from TWRP and there was your lovely book cover. I hope you continue to sell like hotcakes!

    Nan – this is a lovely website.

  5. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 11:10 am Kay Hudson Says:

    Hi, Roben! Congratulations on the paperback release. I just checked to see that I have all three of the Desert Heat books on my Kindle (thanks to Amazon for keeping track!)–now all I need is a little more reading time. Well, no, a lot more reading time. Looking forward to them.

  6. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am Loretta Says:

    Beautiful book cover. I enjoyed reading your interview. I hope you have many sales.

  7. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 12:19 pm Dee J. Says:

    Congrats on the official release! Very excited for you and the whole series! Great interview, too!

  8. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 1:11 pm Robena Grant Says:

    Thanks guys, (scuffs the toe of her sneakers in the hot desert sand) I appreciate all of your comments and good wishes.
    Lynne, I’d better go over to TWRP and take a look. ; )
    And Veronica, a friend wrote this morning about seeing a peacock standing by the side of a road in the PNW, she said, “There it stood in all its wonderful featheriness observing the traffic.” I had an instant visual, and thought of Dickinson. ; )

  9. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 1:51 pm Skye Says:

    Yay for the official release! I hope you sell boatloads of books and go on to write boatloads more. I have one or two of your books on my phone in my TBR list. I look forward to reading them.

  10. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 7:11 pm Sam Beck Says:

    Congratulations Roben, on your official release! Loved Unlock the Truth, loved The Blue Dolphin and can’t wait to dive into Desert Exposure!

  11. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 7:48 pm Robin Bielman Says:

    Hi Nan! Hi Roben! Huge congrats, Roben! I’m so excited for you and know this series is only the start of many great books! Cheers!

  12. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 8:30 pm Robena Grant Says:

    Thank you Skye, and Sam. Does it ever get old? I get such a kick out of thinking someone is reading my stories. : )

  13. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 11:00 pm Judy, Judy, Judy Says:

    Hey Nan – One great writer interviewing another great writer – always a good thing.
    I’ve read all 3 of Robena’s books. Glad to hear there is a contemporary romance or 2 and another suspense in the offing.

    BTW where is book number 2 from Nan?

  14. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 11:15 pm Robena Grant Says:

    Thanks, Robin. It has been a fun day. Congratulations on your new contract. Yay!!!

  15. Avatar May 10th, 2013 at 11:47 pm Nan Says:

    What a fun day of celebration for your book, Roben! So glad you could join me today! Big congratulations and lots of hugs!

    Oh, and Judy, thank you! Book 2 comes out this summer, book 3 will follow it shortly after…stay tuned, baby!!

  16. Avatar May 11th, 2013 at 1:53 am Robena Grant Says:

    Fabulous news, Nan. I can’t wait to read another of your books. Thanks again for hosting me today. ; )

  17. Avatar May 11th, 2013 at 8:19 am Liz Flaherty Says:

    Hi, Roben and Nan. I loved your quotes, Roben! Putting UNLOCK THE TRUTH on my TBR list. I really enjoyed THE BLUE DOLPHIN.

  18. Avatar May 11th, 2013 at 8:20 am Liz Flaherty Says:

    Uh…my post looks like I’m yelling, what with all that uppercase stuff floating around!

  19. Avatar May 11th, 2013 at 3:06 pm Leigh Court Says:

    Congrats on the release, Roben! I love, love, love the quote from the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey: “Don’t be defeatist — it’s so middle class!” Brilliant!

    I may stick that on my computer for inspiration 🙂


  20. Avatar May 11th, 2013 at 3:58 pm Antoine R. Soto Says:

    That’s how I would describe this debut novel by Robena Grant. It’s a compelling murder mystery with intense pacing and a sweet love story with just enough sex.I say it’s ‘in the rough’ because there are passages that could flow smoother but it’s a diamond, nonetheless. It had me up all night reading it because I didn’t want to stop.Energetic Dena brings light and love into the life of lonely Zeke as their unfolding love story wraps itself around the dark mystery of who killed Dena’s sister, Carli and Zeke’s friend, Susie.The secondary characters are done really well also. I loved the ones I was supposed to love, questioned the ones I was supposed to question, hated the ones I was supposed to hate and went back and forth with the complex ones who did not reveal themselves so easily.This book is the first in a trilogy and I will definitely be going back for book 2, The Blue Dolphin, out now.I enjoyed this book tremendously.

  21. Avatar May 24th, 2013 at 7:42 am Marlin Vaughn Says:

    This book was an okay story, the mystery and writing were okay, as were the characters and romance. I’m glad I read it but it wasn’t one of my faves. There was quite a bit of action and suspense. I didn’t really “like” the characters-everyone seemed a bit immature for their ages and overly reactive to any event small or large. The chemistry between the two main characters didn’t seem like it was setting the room on fire. All in all, this book was okay, but nothing I would go out of my way to read.