Interview with Robin Glassey

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as the middle child in a little town outside of Toronto, Canada. In a family of seven, with one t.v., and siblings who loved to tease, I often retreated to my room to read. My dad kept a collection of science fiction fantasy books in the garage, so when there wasn't an opportunity to make the two mile trek to the library, I would borrow a book from his personal library. I quickly became hooked on fantasy.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing down my own stories only a few years ago, but I have always been "writing" for as long as I can remember. As a chronic insomniac I would lay awake at nights, imagining different endings for books and movies, or keeping my favorite stories going for as long as possible, not wanting the characters' lives to end. I wish now that I had written these ideas down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now I am working on the third book in The Azetha Series. I am currently in the editing phase and hope to have the book ready for release in a couple of months.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had originally planned on submitting my manuscript to a local publisher, but after attending a writer's conference and speaking with several writers, both indie and traditionally published, I decided I wanted to try my hand at self-publishing. I have learned so much in the process and am glad that I made this choice. I still have plans for submitting a future manuscript to a traditional publisher; however, this has been a great learning experience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the creative process of imagining a fantasy world with new creatures and being able to build my own story and characters. For me it is thrilling to open the fedex box and see a the final version of my novel, but even better is when someone else tells me how much they love it and can't wait for the next book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are Obert Skye (I love the way he describes things in Leven Thumps), Robert Jordan (he had an incredible way of developing characters in The Wheel of Time Series), Brandon Mull (he writes great stories for middle schoolers) and Richard Paul Evans (I am enjoying his new Michael Vey series). Perhaps because my original love of elves came from Tolkien and I fell in love with the Wheel of Time series, I would have to say that my current series is Wheel of Time meets Lord of the Rings.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed to get my kids up and going for their day. My family is my number one priority. If there is any time left over then I use it for writing. (And I squeeze every minute out of the day that I can.)
What is your writing process?
I think about the scene before I even sit down at my computer. I often go over it several times and have it clear in my mind. This habit of thinking before writing is probably ingrained in me from all of my sleepless nights, but it works for me. I also tend to write notes on pieces of paper or on my phone if I get an idea and I'm not at my computer. I then gather all my notes together when I am ready to write. I sit on the couch with my diet Coke next to me and start typing my draft. Once the first draft is complete I go through several rounds of editing as well as have others check my work before it is ready to be released.
Published 2015-04-08.
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Books by This Author

The Least of Elves: A Land of Fathara Novella (Prequel to The Azetha Series)
Series: The Azetha Series. Price: Free! Words: 25,320. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
WHEN TORAN APPRENTICES TO A BOOTMAKER, HIS FATHER WARNS HIM THIS IS HIS FINAL CHANCE TO PROVE HE CAN DO SOMETHING RIGHT. Despite his father’s beliefs, Toran does not intentionally make mistakes. And even with his best efforts at his new apprenticeship, things go horribly wrong when Toran makes what should have been a simple delivery to Kipra Village.
Secrets of Fathara: The Azetha Series — Book 1
Series: The Azetha Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,520. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tika is unlike the other princesses on Fathara. With her wild hair, pointy ears, and collarless sand tiger, it is hard for her to make and keep friends. And all she wants to be — is normal. Yet the very abilities that set Tika apart are the very things Fathara needs to save it from destruction. For Mortan, an ancient Elven sorcerer, has been searching for Tika . . . and he wants her dead