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Monday, November 29, 2010

Writers' Hopes

Just before the next book is released, a writer has huge hopes that EVERYONE will love it, call it AWESOME. These hopes, of course, are unrealistic.

Expectations are even higher when it's a first book of a new series.

So, like, if you don't care for Enchanted No More, can you be kind in your reviews? I should toughen up in a couple of months....



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to read the starting new series. Will get the paperback of Heart Fate in a few days.

"Cardus" = thistle - like in some Latin based languages? is the guy prickly, like a true crancky red-head?

On the website, Heart Search is listed twice for 2011... or are we going to be lucky and there is one more book to be published, besides Heart Secret?

10:56 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Yes, Cardus is Thistle. He's a fighter, not so prickly.

I believe the Heart collection, Hearts & Swords is set for a year from now, next December.

If Heart Search is coming out in mass market, I haven't heard about it yet.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Bbasney said...


A couple honest things I'd like to say about your work:

1. I love the heart books but was nervous about trying the Exotique Summoning series based on several negative Amazon reviews. There was one in particular that tore your writing style apart and made Guardian of Honor seem very unappealing. But with my love of Celta I just had to go for it...and you know what? I LOVE IT. I cried when Raine was thought dead. I had grown to love those women SO MUCH! It took me 2 weeks to pick up another novel as I mourned the end of the series. As an avid reader that is nearly unheard of for me. Thank you for such a wonderful world and relatable characters.

2. As someone with a Bachelors in Creative Writing and persuing a Masters, I've never been tempted to try "fanfiction." Celta is the first world to ever tempt me that way. Celta is so cleverly crafted, so well fleshed with history, custom and culture that I imagine it has enough inspiration for dozens of authors. I've been able to resist temptation for 2 years now, but I constantly get an urge to write Caprea Sallow and Hedara Ivy's heart story. And it is all because of how INSPIRED your own writing is.

So THANK YOU! As both a reader and a writer your works are satisfying and I will be a life long fan.


4:07 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...


Thanks so much! Yes, it's sometimes difficult to know whether you can follow an author into all his/her worlds or not.

I know some people like the Heart series and nothing else. I know that fantasy folk may have trouble with my style of writing.

As for fanfic, I was told there was one out there regarding Celta but never quite found it. ;)

I never considered Caprea and Hedara, and you're welcome to play with them.

I DO have a visual of Caprea, though, I think of him as tall and lean and athletic...and Native American with long black hair hitting his middle back. Don't know that I ever described him.

Take care, and thanks again for your lovely words.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Tannun said...


Have you ever considered doing a Fan Anthology, along the lines of Mercedes Lackey's Valdimar series or Zimmer-Bradley's friends of Darkover books?

Both series discovered some great authors, and I think your Celta world could do as well.

3:44 PM  

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