Interview with Robyna Smith-Keys

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grow up on the Northern beaches in Sydney Australia. My family was a large very close extended family. Spelling was one of those subjects I could not get my head around. My family sat at a large dinner table and we would tell stories. My grand parents on both sides had many old remedies for aliment which we would discuss. At Christmas time we would get together and fill hand painted bottles with skincare. Mainly tanning lotions, after sun-care, pain relief bath salts and cleansing and massage lotions and potions. It is thanks to word processers and the internet that my spelling has improved which has allowed me to write books.
When did you first start writing?
When I started to train apprentices in my hair and beauty salons in 1970's I needed to write a salon protocol. Then in The 1990's after completing my Aromatherapy course I was asked to write an Aromatherapy training manual for an Essential oil company. My good friend Sue Oldfield was hired to check my spelling. I loved having Sue at work with me. Not everyone gets to work with their lovely friend. The essential oil company then asked me to run workshops for Chemist, Health food stores and new-age store worker. That's when this alluring journey began.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book" Ba Ha Ha Happy" has evolved mainly from my mother and her tin on our dinning room table. Every night my mum would shake that tin and one by one we would read a verse and talk about how that verse was a message for each of us at that time. Over the years I have developed my own tin on our dinning room table as well as kept my mums tin. More recently my 14 year old granddaughter come to stay with us. Although my son paid for her to attend a good catholic school she does not believe in God and like most teenagers is running wild. She loves us reading verses every night at dinner time. It has been because you needs to guard her character more wisely that this book evolved in hope, she will learn how to at least trust in a power greater than herself and to develop her character. A character that she will be proud of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Why wait for someone to like your work. Write the book because you want to write it. As an indie author it is almost free to get your first book out there. Smashwords, allowed me to test the waters to see if anyone other than myself would like my books. With their amazing platform I was able to test my audience totally for free. Smashwords needs to be congratulated for their effort. They have allowed people to get their work out there for free. What a wonderful thing they have done for people that wanted to write but were afraid of publishers rejection of their work. I started loading my books up to smashwords in 2010 and now publish my books also for free with create space. I can just buy one printed book or a million if I want. My first printed book cost me $3.59 plus postage. The setup and design service is completely free yes free.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distributes my books to loads of other book sales suppliers for free. I have been able to make perpetual and residual income now for six years. All while I am either sleeping or out having fun. When I retired I worried that I would not be able to maintain my home, do repairs and keep a car on the road. Thanks to Smashwords free platform I have more than covered my financial concerns. They also allow me to advertise my in-print books on their website.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Amazing psychological things happen when you write. Like when you are a teenager and your dad tells you not to tell that person that upset you, off. Write down how, what they said or did upset you. Then write down three ways to get back at them. Then write down why you should not react in that way. Write down the possible ripple effects of responding and reacting that way. You psychologically inspect the situation and the possible outcomes. Writing is a powerful growth tool and we should all keep a diary. My mum would make me write down the negative happening in my life and then burn them. She would also encourage me to write down my hopes and dreams and bury them so they would grow. Some people thought this was strange but it works.
What do your fans mean to you?
Although it is great to have fans it is more important to be a fan of your own self character.
What are you working on next?
I am improving on my book called Numerology Basics. I think I am going to call it "Robynas Folklore of Numerology." I truly believe that understanding personality types helps us accept people for who they are.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anthony Robbins, Buddha, Norman Vincent Peale, Mary Kaye Ask, The Bible, Zig Ziglar, Abraham Lincoln, Stephen R. Covey, Albert Einstein, and so many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life and my dog needs his walk.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I embrace my friends and do things for my family. Go to the beach with my dog and I love my movie days with friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On smashwords site
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a composition at school about me being a needle in a haystack and I needed to be found.
What is your writing process?
I write every morning for 2-5 hours. Then in the afternoon I take my dog and my laptop to the beach rain hail or shine.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Mr Meddles Mischief" I was 8 years old and I loved how he accidently got into trouble but always found a way out of trouble.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the title and find a picture that explains the title. Then, I make the cover with Powerpoint and save it as a jpeg file.
Published 2016-10-26.
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Books by This Author

An Angel For Cosmetic Tattooist
Price: $65.00 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: Australian English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Body art, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Special education / general
This book follows are the Australian & International Standards for beauty industry. To add to Robynas credits in 1993 she was asked to assist with the rewrite of the industry standards and again in 2007-2014 to rewrite the international standards. Robyna started in the industry in 1962 full time and prior was a salon brat working Saturdays and school holidays in family salons.
Eyebrow Shaping & Colouring To Suit Face Shapes
Price: $21.50 USD. Words: 9,140. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Beauty and fashion
Should you decide to return to work after being out of the industry for a while this book will assist you to refresh your skills. If you have eyebrows that say nothing then you need to read this book. All Beauty Therapist & Hairdressers will find this book a little gem. It covers all the main points about shaping eyebrows to suit peoples face shapes plus colouring techniques to enhance ones beauty
Organic Cancer Cure
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » herbal medications
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
When you are told your cancer is aggressive and nothing can be done. Have some faith and do what I did for my mother. We turned this deathly looking women in her eighties into a healthy fun loving women again. Organic home made products that were only a few dollars a week gave my mun quality of life and a few more years of joy. Some will say you cannot cure Cancer. Thats debatable.
Body Piercing For Students
Price: $24.50 USD. Words: 24,050. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- General
A guide for body piercing students or those willing to improve their skills. Robyna has over 50 yrs experience in Beauty Therapy, Aromatherapy, Permanent makeup and Body Piercing. How well you set up your piercing tray and where you position it counts more than you think. At what point you release the pinch on the piercing site makes the difference between a painful and a pain free piercing.
Dog Care and D I Y Organic Medications
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 35,480. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Alternative medicine, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
Lower your veterinary bills Learn to organically heal your animals Learn to bath & groom your dog for good health Learn Aromatherapy cures. Robyna has been using Aromatherapy lotions and potions in her Beauty Salons and on her animals for over 40 years.Her grandfather taught her a great deal about holistic healing and later she studied Aromatherapy at Nature Care College.
Numerology Basics
Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Numerology Birthforce is taken from you date of birth. Your birthday controls your personality the type of work you will be best suited to and how well you mix with others. This is a brief to the point booklet which requires no study to work out your birth force and your personal year predictions.
Positive Spiritual Affirmations
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Mind & Body
The power of the mind along with the Law of Attraction is very prevailing and powerful. When used correctly you can use them to attract all that you want and desire. Our thoughts begin in our conscious mind and whatever we truly believe will move into our subconscious mind. In the subconscious mind these thoughts will steer your conscious mind into action.
Mind Blossoms
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Meditation, Nonfiction » Psychology » Emotions
Detox your mind. When I was nine years old I turned a rapist into a fearful unhappy man without the help of any adults. Yes I felt the power when I was just nine years old. Covers the importance of Meditation. How to Meditate, Visualization and how to Spiritual Cleansing.
Tarot Scrolls
Price: $9.50 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Social Science » Mythology, folklore and legend
There are 22 Major Arcana Tarot Scrolls. The scrolls are a Psychic reading at your finger tips. By choosing three numbers your questions pertaining to your situation will be made clear. A DIY Psychic in a book. Easy to use for a quick answer.
Natural Organic Skincare Recipes Acne Acne Scars & Aging Skin
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cosmetics, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Abuse
Make your own organic skincare for all skin types. Sensitive Skin, Acne and Blemished skin types will love these Ancients skin cures. Learn all you need to know about therapeutically healing, revitalizing your skin plus inexpensive acne and acne scar remedies.They were an enormous success in my Beauty Salons for over 50 years.
Eyelash Extensions Training Manual with False and Party Lashes
Price: $28.50 USD. Words: 8,590. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Graduate School Guides
My 50 years industry experience, step by step instructions manual with photos on eyelash extensions, grafting lashes, false lashes and party eyelashes. Plus Youtube hyperlinks tutorials, Contra-indication, eye care/health, removing lashes, alopecia clients, Do’s and Don’ts, eye anatomy, types of lashes, types of glue. A must have for Beauty Therapists even if you think you know it all.