Interview with Robinne Weiss

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching a tiny seed of an idea grow into a whole story. Taking the question, What if?, and running with it.
When did you first start writing?
The moment I learned how to hold a pencil. By the time I was eight years old, I was publishing poetry in kid magazines.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I wrote, but I do remember an early poem--a humorous account of a trip to the dentist. I presented it to the dentist, and he hung it on his wall. It was still hanging there long after I grew thoroughly embarrassed by it!
What are you working on next?
Lots of things! I have a young adult fantasy novel in the revision stages at the moment. Set in an alternate world, it follows the story of a teen who finds herself at the centre of a fight for control of her country. I'm also half-way through the first draft of a middle-grade fantasy set in modern day Massachusetts, and involving two children, an unfortunate pair of goldfish, and a witch. And I'm outlining the next book in the Dragon Slayer series.
What is your writing process?
Most novels start out in my mind as a vivid scene. I usually write that scene, then step back and work out where the scene fits into a larger story, a larger world.
Who are your favorite authors?
In adult fiction, I love Isabelle Allende and Barbara Kingsolver. In young adult, I'm drawn to Kristin Cashore's lovely, believable female characters.
When you're not writing, what else do you do?
If I'm not writing, you can usually find me in the vegetable garden. I'm a compulsive weeder. I enjoy gardening, baking, sewing, and hiking.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cat howling at the bedroom window to be let in and fed!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle that I love, but Santa brought me an iPhone last Christmas, and I find myself doing a lot of reading on it now, because it's always with me.
Published 2017-02-06.
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Books by This Author

The Dragon Slayer's Daughter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,670. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
There’s never a dull moment when you’re dealing with dragons. Tui, Nathan, Ella and Oliver have saved Nathan’s dad. Now they need to save the dragons. Can they convince dragons and humans to work together? Not everyone is happy with their plans, and some are willing to kill to prevent them from succeeding.
The Ipswich Witch
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,070. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A weekend at the beach goes terribly wrong when Pearl and Otto’s parents disappear. The kindly Miss Brisket, owner of the Bed and Breakfast where they are staying, assures them everything is fine, but strange things start happening, and soon the children are in a race against time to save both their parents and Miss Brisket from the local witches coven.
The Dragon Slayer's Son
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,340. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Nathan is shocked to learn that his father is dead, and even more shocked to learn that he died in the line of duty as a dragon slayer. When he is whisked away to the Alexandra School of Heroic Arts to train as his father's successor, he discovers a world of dragons and dangers he never knew existed. Soon it is Nathan's life in danger as he and his new friends uncover the truth about his father.
A Glint of Exoskeleton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,940. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The mosquitoes have engineered a new disease to wipe out the human race. Thirteen year-old Crick and her best friend (a cockroach named Peri) embark on a desperate mission to stop them. Their mission takes them to tropical Panama, where the mosquito leader is marshalling her forces. But more than just mosquitoes await Crick and Peri, and soon they are running for their lives.