Interview - Take Ten With Robyn Carr by Linnae Crady
Author Robyn Carr gives Cover Cafe
her take on romance book covers!
1. What was the first book you remember reading? Can you describe the cover of the book and did you like the cover?
I can’t remember! I know when I was 12 or so I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I remember reading Peyton Place with a flashlight when I was in high school. When I was a freshman in college Love Story made the rounds in the dorm so fast it would have made your head spin.
2. Have you ever purchased a book because of the cover alone? If yes, which one and why?
More than once! Some are still memorable – The Shell Seekers was such a beautiful book I had to own it, then found inside the covers the most brilliant story – I’ve reread that several times.
3. When did you first know you were destined to be a writer?
Not until I was a young mother. I wasn’t working, my husband was an Air Force pilot, my neighbors were giving me paperbacks to read and after a few years of that I just had to try it. I think The Flame and the Flower (’75?) had a major impact on me and made me want to try my hand at writing.
4. Who gave you your first break in publishing?
Little, Brown & Company bought my first historical romance in 1978 and went on to publish the next 8, all in hardcover. The mass market industry was just getting legs in the mid seventies.
5. What was your first published book and what did the cover look like? Did you love it or hate it and why?
It was Chelynne and the heroine looked to me like someone I couldn’t imagine as a heroine. I didn’t know what to make of it. I tended to lean toward those ‘lusty-busty’ covers with the hot and built hero and the plunging décolletage, but my heroine looked ready for the convent.
6. Do you believe a cover can increase or decrease the sales of a book? Have any covers affected the sales of your books?
I’m sure covers can and I’m blessed by the cover gods and a great art department. As for affecting sales, how would one know? Can we ever pin the success or failure of a book down to one thing?
7. What has been your least favorite cover from all of your releases and why?
The Wedding Party – lime green and hot pink with a psycho cat as big as a Labrador clawing the bejesus out of a wedding gown. I gasped when I saw it. No cat in the story, by the way.
8. What trends do you see in book covers currently and in the future?
Oh man, I can’t answer that – I can’t even dress myself or decorate a house! I know what I like when I see it, but that’s the end of my discernability.
9. What has been your favorite book cover from all of your releases and why?
There have been many, but I think the Mira Virgin River books have had stunning covers. I love Harvest Moon, maybe because fall is my favorite season. I love Second Chance Pass – I love houses. None of those books have people on the covers.
10. Do you have a current or upcoming release to share with Cover Cafe? Please give us the details and a peek at the cover, too!
Redwood Bend releases February 28th and Sunrise Point on April 25th, 2012.
Redwood Bend teaser: When Katie Malone has a flat tire on her way into Virgin River her life is forever changed by a biker who stops to help her.
Sunrise Point teaser: Nora Crane, single mother of two little girls, has had a lifetime of struggles, but all that begins to change when Tom Cavanaugh, returning war veteran, hires her to pick apples at his orchard during the harvest.
Robyn's cover from her release,
Bring Me Home for Christmas,
placed 5th in Cover Cafe's
2011 Holiday Favorites Contest.
Thank You Robyn!
Linnae Crady () (February 4, 2012)
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