Robyn DeHart has written several historical romances. Since her „Legend Hunters“ have reached Germany it was long due to get her to answer a few questions about herself and her work. (Photo: Copyright Amy White)

In Germany your „Legend Hunters“-Series has been published. How did you come up with the idea of hunters searching for legendary treasures and how did you decide which treasures to pick?

You know it really came out of my own fascination with antiquities. Then when I was doing some research I discovered that archaeology was a rather popular past time for the wealthy in London during the late Victorian era and things just kind of came together in my mind. And who doesn’t love a good treasure hunt?

Your series has been sold to Italy now. How do you feel when your novels are translated into other languages?

It’s very thrilling to me to know that my stories are out there in other countries reaching readers in their own languages. It’s just very exciting. Not only that, but I won’t lie, it makes me feel a bit like Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone.

You’ve written novels and short stories. What do you prefer to write? Longer stories or short ones?

I definitely prefer longer stories, there’s just more time to develop the characters and their conflicts and their love story. I love unfolding the romance, having the reader see the characters actually fall in love, that’s the magic in the stories.

Many writers now switch genre into the paranormal or Young Adult. Do you have plans for something like that? If not, which genre would be your most preferred if you had to?

You know I have ideas in both of those areas and I’d love to develop them. But historicals is where my heart is, it’s where the writing comes alive for me. And being contracted for 5 books right now is keeping me pretty busy. Someday, I say, but man, there’s not enough time for all the story ideas. Maybe when my kids are older and are in school.

At the moment in English your „Forbidden Love“-trilogy is being published. When can your German readers expect the series to be translated?

You know that’s a great question and unfortunately I don’t have an answer for you. Soon, I hope. I’ll definitely keep readers aware of when new translations come available on my website.

How do you find the time in your schedule to write when you have two children? Are you very organized?

It’s not easy, any mother will tell you that even if they aren’t a writer. Yes, I am organized, but mostly it just comes down to being disciplined to getting the work done even when I’m too tired or don’t want to do it. I’m also a firm believer in naptime (for my girls, not me) and early bedtime. It’s one of my „things“ as a mom, I think kids need lots of good sleep while they’re young. And that’s when I get most of my writing done, when they’re sleeping.

You are also part of The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills. How did that start?

It started a long time ago, when I was a brand new author and author blogs were first starting to show up. A group of us, mostly debut authors, some seasoned authors joined forces and put the blog together. We’ve changed a lot over the years, but I love that’s it’s been a stable part of how I can read my readers. I like to think I’m pretty approachable and this is a good way to interact with people.

On your website you give aspiring writers many tips and suggest books to read. How did that start?

Well, the craft of writing is very important to me. I guess I’m just one of those writers, I love to noodle about how stories are put together. I learned how to be a writer, in part, by studying all of this. I learned from writers who had come before me and I like that I can give back to the writing community by sharing things that I’ve learned.

How do you keep contact with your readers and do you get fanmail from Germany?

Readers are always welcomed to email me from my website. They can also join my newsletter, find me on my blogs and reach me on twitter and facebook. I’m everywhere! 🙂 I have received fanmail from other countries, but I don’t believe any from Germany. So I’m waiting….

Do you want to tell your fans something else?

I love to hear from readers so I do hope that they’ll drop me a line. Thanks to you, Julia, for inviting me for this interview!

Thank you very much!

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