23 & 24 August 2018

 

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Author Spotlight – Robyn Nyx

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Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Robyn Nyx.

Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Robyn’s books:

Robyn is a raw and exciting writer who will have you transfixed with her writing. I have loved everything she has written because of her way of confronting so many of the things other authors will avoid and doing it in a manner that often leaves you with an adrenaline rush. Her research is meticulous, but her subject matter often has social relevance and is not for the fainthearted. Robyn writes it as she sees it and does not sugar-coat the personal violence that is prevalent in her subject matter. Her romance is edgy, angsty and often sexually charged.

 

 

Robyn has two e-books – Never Enough and Escape in Time –  to #giveaway to two lucky winners.

For a chance to win either of the books,like our Facebook page or follow our Twitter account, and leave a comment here or on any of our social media #giveaway posts. Giveaway ends Sunday, 28 Jan, 5 pm UTC.

 

We spoke to Robyn about her latest book and her writing plans for the year.

(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book. 

My latest published book is Change in Time, the second of the Extractor trilogy. When I was writing it, I needed an interesting character in a coffee shop and an androgynous woman called Louie arrived in my head elevator. A few more chapters in and Louie popped back into the book, this time as a hustler in a gang-run bar. She helps Landry out of a sticky situation, and when Landry is on a stake-out in another coffee bar, who pops into the chapter but Louie. They chat and Landry asks about Louie’s dream—it turns out she wants to be a song writer in Nashville. Landry returns the favour and leaves Louie with a nice chunk of dollars to pursue her ambition. It left me feeling that I’d like to revisit her at some point to tell her story.

Fast forward twelve months, and I was thinking about a new proposal for my next book, Louie knocked loudly on that particular door and demanded she get her own story. I knocked together the proposal on the train down to London, and Music City Dreamers, my fifth novel, was born.

 

(b) What got you into writing? 

It’s something I’ve always felt the need to do. I love words and their transformative power. I love stories and our innate ability to tell them, whether through cave drawings, around a camp fire, or in a published book. The physical act of writing on paper takes me to restful places, and I love tapping away on a keyboard. At school, my buddy and I used to create stories line by line, going back and forth, and I remember writing a science fiction story mainly in the wee hours of the night in the bathroom as a kid. My mum tells me that I said I was going to be a writer almost as soon as I could read, and she’s always believed in me. She convinced me early on in my childhood that I could achieve whatever I wanted in life, and she tried her damnedest to give me everything I needed to pursue those dreams, from notebooks and pens, to a subscription to the classics and taking me to the library every weekend. I’m who I am because my mum instilled an unstoppable sense of self-belief.

 

(c)  Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?

I’m a little of both. At BSB, authors write proposals in an effort to get Sandy and Rad interested in buying the book before it’s even written. For that reason, I have to be a planner for the most part, but once the writing begins, the characters take over, new developments that were unforeseen occur, and the proposal is a distant memory. I love to write plot-driven rather than character-driven books. I like to think about what would happen if… and then think about the kind of characters who would populate that world or that situation. One of my favourite things about writing is the brain’s ability to surprise itself. It’s my fingers typing and yet, I still find myself taken aback when a character says or does a particular thing that I hadn’t expected. I love that!

 

(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently? 

Absolutely not. Every twist and turn in the road, each crevice and crack on my path got me to where I am today, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve achieved my dream of becoming a published author, I’m married to another published author, and our life is all about words and stories, both fact and fiction. I wouldn’t change a single thing if the fates gave me another shot at it.

 

(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?

I’ve got two books planned for this year. Right now, I’m in the middle of Music City Dreamers. It’s a romance set in Nashville that deals with homophobia and racism in country music, and unlike my first four novels, has zero violence in it! Brey and I are off to a beachside cottage in Suffolk next month for a week’s writing retreat so I should get it almost finished. Then, I move on to Uncharted, which is an adventure romance set in the Brazilian rainforest, with our two heroines on the trail of Incan gold whilst preventing wholesale massacres of indigenous tribes. It’s a busy life, but you’ll never hear me complaining ☺

 


VALDEN’s  TOP PICKS

 

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Robyn’s debut novel is a thriller about human trafficking, about providing body parts to order. Set in the US, the story details how a particularly nasty organisation has become known internationally for providing those with the funds, selected body parts. The organisation is run by a woman who has a love of gratuitous violence, blood and sexual violence.

Madison Ford, a well-known investigative journalist, is between assignments and is asked to interview Elodie Fontaine about her humanitarian work. Elodie is an international actress who has the pick of film parts she wants to take and the pick of women to sleep with. The chemistry between them is really well detailed and provides a lighter side to the story.

Madison receives a package detailing the full details of the body parts organisation from a whistleblower. The story is about what happens next!

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Escape in Time and Change in Time are part of the Extractor Series, which follows the operatives of the Pulsus organisation who travel to the past to save individuals who could have an enormous effect on the future. I will only detail the first book in the series, which follows the extraction of a woman from Nazi Germany who would be able to cure cancer if she lived. The story is harrowing and told with that edginess we have come to expect from Robyn.

Landry Donovan is an extractor, who likes to spend her off time away from the organisation and the people in it. Jacqulyn Delaney is an operative, who believes she is in love with Landry and rarely leaves the safety of the organisation. The mental and emotional effects of how both Landry and Delaney deal with extended periods of time in the past has a large part in the storyline, which is gripping.

The third book is due out in June 2018, which feels like years away!

 

Find out more about Robyn’s books on the Bold Strokes Book website.