3 Questions Wednesday with Robin E. Mason

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today’s interview is with former Crew Member, Robin E. Mason.

Hi, Robin! It’s great to hear from you 🙂

Question: What inspires you?

Robin: Morning coffee. LOL Truly though, what doesn’t inspire me? Holy Spirit is my Muse, and I can find inspiration anytime, anywhere. He’s funny like that, whispers at random times, random moments.

 I guess many people would say coffee. 🙂

Just for fun–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Robin: Amethyst Rose. Amethyst is my birthstone and royal purple is my favorite color. My grandfather bought an amethyst ring in 1919 (!) and it’s now mine. It is a) an unusual setting, and b) a rare pink amethyst. It is my most cherished possession.

Wow. Sounds like a beautiful heirloom. 

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Robin: Which year? I remember wanting to be an actress early on. I’ve done some acting and love it! I wanted to be an Interior Designer—and have earned my degree in that. But the stories have always been chattering in my head, I just didn’t know they were trying to get out in book form! LOL

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Thank you so much  for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday.

Since The Long Shadows of Summer hasn’t released yet, Robin is offering one of her other books for a giveaway, winners choice. So leave a comment for your chance to win…


 The Long Shadows of Summer

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Mercedes has always been an avid reader and devours each new Sherlock Holmes mystery as soon as she gets her hands on them. When one of her friends comes to her, Mercedes vows to keep Simone’s secrets and uncover the truth.

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.


Robin E. Mason

I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

I have three novels published, the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess, and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I am currently working on The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, Book Two in my new series, Seasons. It releases in November, following The Long Shadows of Summer, which releases in August. Books 3 and 4 in the series will be out in 2018.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Robin E. Mason

Robin E Mason - 041115 - croppedToday we welcome author and fellow Crew member, Robin E. Mason, to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Hi, Robin! So glad you can share your thoughts with us today. First question.

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Robin: I have a confession to make. I don’t read non-fiction! GASP I know, I know, I’ve tried, really I have. And I do at least skim through and even highlight some good stuff. That said, I have a few good ones, but mostly I follow blogs and save posts and/or links to the posts to refer to. And, of course, reading other works of fiction. Every nuance or turn of phrase triggers my own creative sparks, and I see it transferring to my own writing.

Interesting way to look at it. Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Robin: I’m pretty transparent so not so many secrets, but this doesn’t come across so well online (with one notable exception, ahem ahem, I have thus far resisted video blogs…..) but I can ROCK a British accent. Irish, too, but Brit is my go-to. Once upon a time, when I was waiting table, a British family came in and (how I’ll never know) I got bold enough to wait on them in accent. They actually argued with me that I’m not from England! My favorite thing to say in accent is, “I’m born in Mississippi!”

I’ve heard you on Vimeo. You’re pretty good! Last question: 

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Robin: Well, whaddya like? I’m a good cook and I love to cook, so… Italian? I make a crazy stuffed pasta shells dish (mine own recipe, too). Chinese? I got the stir fry going on. Homestyle? I make a fanTAStic chicken pot pie. Dessert? I’ve just started playing with crepes, one of my favorites, and I’d love to whip up a batch with your choice of filling!

It all sounds good to me! Thanks, Robin, for dropping by!

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Cissy

cissy cover - teaserEvil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?


Robin E Mason - 041115 - cropped“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!” Robin E. Mason

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

Tessa and Clara Bess, books I and II in the unsavory heritage series, are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year.   I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal anthology of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.

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The Medieval Era

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I love history. All of it. Choosing a favorite era was, well, akin to choosing a favorite child. Impossible to do.

But for the sake of this post, and in tandem with my love of all things Irish, I chose the Medieval Era, which roughly correlates with the history of the land of my ancestors.

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The medieval period is also known as the  Middle Ages and the Dark Ages. According to Wikipedia, historians don’t know much about this period of time; records of the history of this era have not survived; we are “in the dark” so to speak. Also lending to this particular moniker was the free reign of barbarians, and widespread disease, namely the plague.

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Social class was clearly delineated. Called the Three Estates, they were nobles who governed, clergy who tended the religious needs, and the common folk. The Roman Catholic Church was rigid in their standard. Not only were invading barbarians brutal in their actions, but the Europeans themselves thrived on bloodthirst. This, and the seeming disparate passion for their religion fed The Crusades.

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Of particular interest to me are the great cathedrals of this era. Gothic architecture that took decades to complete. They, too, point to the emphasis on piety and religion.

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And as mentioned at the beginning of this post, all things Ireland. There is much written of Saint Patrick, legend and lore. Most widely accepted is that he arrived in Ireland in the year 432 A.D.  Most notable of his writings was the Hymn, or Breastplate.  Called the Lorica in Latin, a small excerpt states:

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Ah! But this is a writing blog. And oh! the literature of this era. Oft romanticized, knights in shining armor fending off knaves who would carry fair maidens off. Sagas, epics, ballads, spoken tales passed amongst the common folk who could neither read nor write. As to written literature of the era, Dante and Chaucer were among the most prominent writers of the middle ages.

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But what better than titles by current day author and friend, Melanie Dickerson. I was first introduced to Melanie’s story telling when I read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and I was hooked. I’ve read three others and am in line to read an advance copy of The Beautiful Pretender. And I know I won’t be disappointed.

 

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As any era, there is much rich history that could be told. I could write an entire post on the Book of Kells alone. Or the life of Saint Patrick. Or the great cathedrals. Or… You get the picture.

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WRITING PROMPT:

“But Father!” I cried. “The Crusades are so dangerous.”
Father’s arms embraced me in a gentle yet firm hug.
“My daughter, it is the call of God.” He kissed me on the forehead and mounted his horse.
Watching him ride off, we didn’t see the approaching…


ME - 041115“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. Besides Tessa, she has Clara Bess, book two in her unsavory heritage series. She is currently working on Cissy, the third and final book in the series. It will be released in June of this year.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Robin E. Mason

RobinMasonHeadShotToday, we welcome one of our Crew members, Robin E. Mason, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Hi, Robin! So glad you’ve joined us. First question:

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Robin: There are many, but the first name that comes to mind is Tessa Afshar. She writes Biblical fiction which is my favorite genre, and she does it in such a way that it’s totally plausible. She does extensive research of the culture surrounding the time in which her stories are set. The first story of hers that I read was Pearl in the Sand—a story of Rahab. The Bible doesn’t give much information, but Ms. Afshar has woven a completely believable account of how it might have played out. Marian Merritt is also a wonderful storyteller; her stories are deep and raw—women’s fiction—family secrets that won’t be silent. Characters the reader can identify with.

I love a deep story.  Especially with a good villain.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Robin: Darth Vader. I tend to see spiritual truth in unexpected places—stories and movies. Star Wars was one of those. Holy Spirit has no dark side, of course, but we do have a choice between light and dark. Even as Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side and was consumed by it, a remnant of his true self was always there, hidden behind the façade that was Darth Vader. Although his “mask” was literal and tangible, I think we all hide behind a mask of some type at some time in our lives. Some of us fight against it, to walk in the Light as we are called to do. Some of us, are never able to pull the mask off, and live with a literal war in our spirits, between Life and death. Darth Vader represents this truth to me more than any other villainous character I can think of.

He’s one of my favorites also 🙂 Now about you…

What project are you currently working on?

Robin: I just wrapped up Clara Bess, the second in my Unsavory Heritage Series. When I wrote the first book, Tessa, I had no clue of doing a series. Only when I was asked did I realize there are two specific spots (in Tessa) that point clearly to a sequel. But wait, there’s more – I struggled getting Clara Bess moving, and realized there’s a third story in the series, Cissy. The series is entitled Unsavory Heritage because of an event that takes place in 1881, and words that Cissy speaks carry through several generations—the Unsavory Heritage. Each book focuses on different women, different generations, and their fight to know their identity. Clara Bess releases on the 30th of this month; I’ve also made some heavy edits and minor revisions to Tessa, including a new cover, and will be re-releasing her on the 30th as well.

Sounds exciting! Thanks for the visit, Robin.

Robin is offering a signed copy of Tessa and Clara Bess to one blessed commenter. (Within the U.S. only) So make sure and leave a comment below…

Tessa

One mother. Two daughters. One favorite. One not.

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she runs with it. She jumps into a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.
Tessa is a story of love and trust, hope and faith. Of lies and betrayal and deceit. An unsavory heritage, a tragic incident. Lies unravel, secrets are uncovered, masks removed, and the truth – and love – prevail.

A story of three generations of women, Tessa is a tale of family, the nuances, the hierarchy, the enmity.

Tessa is Cassie’s story.

 


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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

Robin E. Mason has been writing since 1995 and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  She lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons.

Robin writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

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Know Your Players

By Robin E. Mason

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Growing up, I loathed football. Don’t know why. All’s I remember is some boring game on the TV in black and white, no less, on Thanksgiving Day. I wasn’t a rah-rah in high school and definitely wasn’t one of the cool people. Read: jocks. I was happy on stage in the theatre department. Football had no appeal to me.

Fast forward a few years. (And this a testament to the power of luv.) After my divorce, I had a boyfriend who was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. The type who would paint himself orange and blue if he ever had an opportunity to go to a game. Now, I could have done any number of things when the game was on, even nap next to him as he watched. Rather, his enthusiasm was contagious and I caught the bug. Plus, he explained things to me, helped me understand the game. I couldn’t sit and offer much in the way of understanding now, but I still like the game. And though it’s been several years (okay, many years) and we’ve long since parted ways, I remain a Broncos fan and I owe it to him.

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The sound of a football game signals the start of fall. It echoes with the crunch of leaves falling to the ground, hazy sky from bonfires, and marching bands playing on the home field.

Organized sports, done right, teaches sportsmanship. It builds character and gives players a chance to learn their strengths. And their weaknesses. These are both important to know, in any profession or endeavor.

Quote from The Blind Side, the movie:

“Coach Cotton: What did you say to him?

Leigh Anne Touhy: You should really get to know your players. Michael scored in the 98th percentile in protective instincts.”

She knew Michael’s strength, the coach did not.

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Not everyone is cut out for sports. I’m one. I’ll watch, but I don’t play. And that’s okay. I can still learn from teamwork and sportsmanship. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses is a must, regardless of my profession. Teachers come to mind. A teacher must know his or her own strengths and weaknesses before they face a room of blank faces staring at them, expecting some level of knowledge to be passed on. Even more, a teacher must learn his or her students’ strengths and weaknesses; not every student learns the same. Not every method of teaching – or coaching – reaches every student or player.

Same with writers. If I don’t know my strengths and weaknesses, I can spend hours in an endeavor that is better suited to pass along to another who is better qualified. Flip side, I have much to offer – my strengths balances another’s weakness, and vice versa. And let’s not even get started on our characters strengths and weaknesses…

In the end, isn’t that what life is about, that we, as individuals, balance each other? Are we not all created as individually as snowflakes? Have we not all been given gifts to share with others, with the Body of Christ? Is that not our identity, to be who God created each of us to be, strengths and weaknesses and all?

So who’s your team? NFL? College football? High school? Your star players? Me, I’m a John Elway fan from my early football-fan years. What about the most highly anticipated game of the season? Any rivalries that are must-watch games?

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Writing Prompt:

Write a football scene in which you are the coach. What are your strengths that you can give to your team? What are your weaknesses that are best passed to your assistant coach?


ME - 041115 - cropped“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She is currently working on Clara Bess, the sequel to Tessa, which will be released in November of this year.

Come visit Robin at:

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