Featured Friday! JR Robinson
J.R. Robinson lives in California with her epic husband and rock star daughter. Raised in the lower part of Michigan in the town of Monroe, she was an only child throughout much of her adolescence, a latchkey kid who learned the true magic and power of the imagination. A writer since the age of nine and a teller of many tales, J.R. Robinson is a believer in the power of the imagination, above all else.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
I actually have two:
First, I love hearing from the readers. All of their thoughts, ideas, questions. Whether the conversation gives a good or bad vibe of the book. I love knowing what they think. That’s very important to me. As not everyone falls in love with the same books, it is fantastic to get both good and bad reviews of a novel.
Second – using my imagination to dream up anything. Starting a day and having twenty ideas float through my head for a story, from just looking at a simple object in day to day life. Being able to see a story in common places that are normally taken for granted.
What made you start writing?
I was an only child for much of my childhood. Also, there weren’t many children near my house to play with. So my days would consist of me playing alone in my playroom. I would make up adventures, dream up new worlds, super-hero powers, villains I’d have to fight. Using my imagination was my saving grace from boredom and loneliness. It truly gave me a creative outlet that I have carried with me throughout my life. Which brought me to realize what my true passion was all along – writing. Bringing forth new worlds and new characters within the pages of a book, that I hoped others would be able to see and get enjoyment from.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
JK. Rowling became my inspiration when I became an adult.
I actually started the Harry Potter series when I was in my twenties. The sole reason for even taking the time to open the first page was because I had seen the enjoyment on the faces of children I knew from reading the stories of J. K. Rowling.
Never before had I witnessed a ten-year-old pick up a book the size of the bible and sit down to read it for hours. Every kid I met had a copy of the latest new Harry Potter book. So, I rushed out and bought the first novel. I was amazed by its magic, its imagination and its brilliance.
As you may have guessed, I became addicted to the series and I admit to being one of those fans that was at the bookstore at midnight for the release of the newest Harry Potter book.
The land she created and the characters were a fantastic moment in the world of writing. It once again opened people’s eyes to the unending possibilities of the imagination.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Never give up! The writing and publishing industry can be a difficult road to manoeuvre. There will be obstacles at times. No matter what may try to detour you from your passion, stand your ground. Write and then write some more, and then some more – keep going. To give up on yourself is not an option.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
In truth, I like to read in the genres that I write. I love fantasy fiction, children’s picture books, teen and young adult fantasy, classics.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Thatcher, the Corbain – I would love to be able to dive in to his world of magic. To be able to be anywhere with just a click of my fingers. To see worlds within worlds. It would be amazing to turn invisible at my will, or to be able to hear the voices inside my head of other magical creatures calling.
Oh the Places You Will Go! by Dr. Seuss – Amazing book for any age. The message can be used in regards to any stage of life. I first read it when I graduated from high school and I have made sure to always have that copy handy in my office for when I ever need to be reminded that I can do anything.
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
This question actually took me a while to come to an answer. It is the most brilliant question I have ever had to answer – and the hardest.
Let’s see … what book … what book … there are so many to choose from …
Alright, I would have to say if I had to choose just one book in which I would live, it would be Peter Pan. To see and experience Neverland would be the most brilliant of adventures. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye. To go on adventures with the Lost Boys and Peter. To fly by the ability of a happy thought and some borrowed pixie dust from Tinker Bell. To me that would be an amazing world.
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Amazing adventures with twists and turns around every corner.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
My next project, The Spiffy Kids Storybook Collection of Feelings, is in the final illustration phase. The neat thing about this project, for me, is that I created these characters when I was seven years old. Seeing them come to life through the illustrations and the storyline has been a fantastic journey. I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to see all of it put together!
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“You are now and forever the writer of your own story. Therefore, their preconceived ideas hold no power”
Meaning – You are in charge of your own life. No matter what others may say to take away your passion, it is up to you, and you alone to make your story (your life), everything you wish it to be.
If this interview has piqued your interest, then you can find out more about JR and her work on a host of sites around the web!
The Imaginary Door Blog
Not A Porcelain Doll Blog
The Imaginary Door YouTube Trailer:
Interview on The Author’s Show
The Imaginary Door on Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Even some Spiffy Kids merch is available!
And keep an eye on her future works!