I actially have a folder in my Marketing and Promotion folder named “All Bios.” And there’s anything from 400 word ones (wow!) to 20 word ones. The former I just revised for Luna Books to accompany ARCs of Protector of the Flight. The latter I revised earlier this year for the RMFW Conference Brochure.
Yes, I usually update several every year, and, yes, they are targetted for different markets, so I vary the information -- awards, etc.
Here’s the new Luna one.
Robin D. Owens has been writing longer than she cares to recall. Her fantasy/futuristic romances finally found a home at Berkley with the issuance of HeartMate in December 2001. She credits the "telepathic cat with attitude" in selling that book. Currently, she has two domesticated cats and one feral, who is thinking about changing his mind on being Wild in the Colorado winter (canned food might also have something to do with this). She has secretly admitted to having as many as six cats. Before purchasing her home, she shared apartments with an innumerable parade of hamsters, and included one as a sidekick in her second Luna book, Sorceress of Faith.
Naturally, for the flying horses in Protector of the Flight, she had to do hands on research with horses, and enjoyed every minute!
She loves writing fantasy with romance or romance with fantasy, and particularly likes adding quirky characters for comic relief and leaving little threads dangling from book to book to see if readers pick up on them (usually, yes! Reader intelligence is awesome).
Though she drinks tea, her most comfortable hangout to write is in the local coffee shop, and she dreams of the time when she will be a full-time author and can learn of all the great places to write in the metro Denver area.
She is particularly proud of her web site, which includes such pages as Worlds (character interviews, cut scenes/chapters/characters, photos of places/things that have inspired her) and Free Your Artist (motivational quote, artist exercise, affirmation and fun links). Her web site is updated monthly and has excerpts of all her work. Her monthly contest is for fun items that usually tie into her books (jewelry, pet carriers, runes…).
Robin loves hearing from readers, tries her best to respond to any questions and has been known to take reader advice for her work (the mole in Heart Thief…). Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is profoundly thankful to be recipient of the 2002 Romance Writers of America RITA Award (like the Oscar in her field) for HeartMate, the 2004 & 2005 PRISM Awards for Heart Thief and Heart Duel, the 2003 Denver Area Science Fiction Association Golden Lungfish Award for Writer of the Year and the 2004 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year Award.
May you know your characters' bios in depth today,