Interview with Roberta Pearce

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Jane Eyre. I've read this book so often; seen every possible movie/miniseries adaptation . . . I love Jane. She's a strong woman with a morality that comes from herself, not structured by social convention.
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Ditto on the re-reads. Lisbeth Salander is an over-the-top heroine with a pretty awesome sidekick [hey, Mikael's cool, but he's definitely the sidekick, right?].
3. Pillars of the Earth. Big, bold, complex, stuffed to the flying buttresses with facts [!] and still a complete page-turner. I devoured this novel. War and Peace it ain't - thank goodness [yeah, War and Peace not on this list].
4. Emily of New Moon. I still get chills remembering how I got chills when reading "She's gone into it! She's gone into it!" [Shiver]
5. The Silver Chair. I know; not *the* biggest of the Narnian books. But when I was in university, I happened to trip across this book in a used bookstore, and didn't remember it. Then, I opened it . . . it all came flooding back to me, the memory of being a little girl and reading it the first time. It was the greatest nostalgic experience ever. So I have a soft spot for it. And hey, who doesn't love Puddleglum?
What do you read for pleasure?
Naturally, I love my own genre, so do read a fair amount of contemporary romance. I'm very fond of Megan Hart's novels, and love the way she captures those nuances of character as she does, and she constructs some of the most heart-wrenching scenes I've ever read. All the Jack Reacher novels - Jack is an awesome hero! I've just recently got into reading more historical fiction, and I'm loving Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo. When eReaders first appeared, I was very much on the fence about them; why would I not want to see, smell, feel a book? I'm very tech-y, but felt this was taking post-modernity too far! But then a friend bought me one . . . and now it's never parted from me! Love, love, love it.
Describe your desk
Yoikes. Cluttered to the uninitiated eye, but I can find anything in two seconds. Massive monitors [two!] and overflowing bins of computer cords. Quite a bit of dust in the corners. And a battered thesaurus and dictionary [don't ever use a thesaurus without a dictionary!].
When did you first start writing?
When I was still using crayons. I would construct little tales about trees and monkeys with very bad drawings [my artistic skills have not improved], and imagined I was going to write my first bestseller when I was ten. Then of course, I procrastinated . . . but I did write my first full-length novel when I was sixteen. I'm pretty happy I didn't keep a copy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The basic idea of A Bird without Wings came to me a long time ago - the weird bird paintings. I just didn't know what to do with it. But then a friend, who's really into family history and genealogy, inspired me with all of the detail of family-tree documentation . . . All of that was constructed separately from my idea for Callie, but became the background I plunked her character into. Because of all the characters in my head, she was the best one to solve that problem! Two things: I wanted a story about a couple who had very different backgrounds but similar philosophies in spite of that; and I wanted to write an office romance . . . and there it was.
Published 2013-12-03.
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Books by This Author

Famous Penultimate Words
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,840. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Someone killed Adie Wilding—and now they’re trying to kill her again! Just a normal young woman, Adie has a busier day than expected when she’s shot on a busy London street, dies, and is revived. Then she meets to-die-for Nathan Crawford, and together they unravel the motives behind the shooting. With a heavy fog on her memory, Adie alternates between clever and ditzy—even as the body count rises!
The Value of Vulnerability
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,060. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ford Howard is not the sort of man a smart girl plays with. But Erin Russell rediscovers her playful side around the time she meets him, so challenges him to a one-up flirtation in the back of his limo. Soon, his carefully constructed persona is under threat. But Erin teaches him—to get everything you want, you’ve got to be vulnerable.
For Those Who Wait
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fiona’s no longer the naïve girl who tried to seduce the object of her fantasies five years ago—Noah Wilding is back in her life: divorced, bitter, and just as sexy as ever. She misses the person she used to be, and hopes she can find herself again in his arms. Certainly worth a shot—and a great excuse for naughty behaviour! After all, she's waited for him a long time . . .
A Bird Without Wings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,190. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Callie Dahl is interested in one thing: money enough to buy her own home. Zero interest in love . . . though she indulges in the guilty pleasure of an at-far fantasy of her boss, Lucius Ransome. So when he asks her to disprove a long-standing Ransome Family legend, it’s a tossup for her whether the main attraction is the bonus he’s promised or the chance to spend time in his company!