by Robin Mahle
Author Robin Mahle is pleased to bring you her latest novel, Landslide. A corporate suspense/thriller that will pull you in fast and keep you holding on tight until the very end!
In the sprawling suburbs of Seattle, Claire McKenna finds solace in her perfectly ordinary life. With the daily struggles of raising a family and climbing out of debt, she and her husband Colin, work hard to hang on to what they’ve got.
So when Claire is offered an incredible opportunity to rise in the ranks of her firm, she jumps at the chance. Her joy, however, is short lived at the discovery that her close friend and colleague, Beth Graves has just been accused of embezzlement.
Compelled to see Beth’s name cleared, Claire soon stumbles on a larger, more dangerous conspiracy at the firm. One that involves people she once trusted. One that threatens to destroy her ordinary life.
Claire booted up the desktop and logged into her work email. As she waited for the files to download, a flash of lightning appeared through the window, followed by a startling clap of thunder. Sleep would be elusive for her tonight if this storm continued. A light sleeper anyway, Claire would be hard pressed to block out the noise.
The desk drawer below contained her reading glasses that were a necessary evil, although she was only thirty-seven. Most likely the result of spending much of her time staring at computer screens. Sliding them onto her face, she clicked on the email attachments and began reviewing the reports Beth had sent over.
Claire began to see a pattern that had not presented itself prior to this month’s figures as she scrolled through the file. Comparing her hours with that of her junior colleague’s, it wasn’t adding up.
It was her responsibility to review the timesheets and expense reports for Sea-Tech each month before handing them over to Beth, which she had already done a few days ago as per usual. So why were these reports showing additional hours posted against her client? Was it possible she’d missed something in Lucas’ submittal? Anything was possible, but this error would have been a serious one had Beth not brought it to her attention. Sea-Tech wouldn’t have been happy about an additional several thousand dollars in consulting fees.
A final attempt to make sense out of the numbers came when she accessed the main server and retrieved the original account files, comparing her notes and timesheets against Beth’s report.
What the hell?
It is my pleasure to welcome Robin Mahle, author of Landslide, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
My family keeps me pretty busy. I’ve got two kiddos, 8 and 10 and a husband (who some might consider my third child). We’re usually going back and forth between soccer and Youth Theater. I’m afraid I don’t get much time to do anything else but write and take care of the family. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful that I get to devote my days solely to writing when everyone’s at school or work. I feel very fortunate and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I’ve been a long-time fan of Stephen King ever since I read his book, Christine, when I was sixteen years old. Although I don’t write horror, his influence is prevalent in much of my work. He is, in my opinion, the King of Suspense. There have been others that I admire greatly. As an adult, I would say that I’ve grown especially fond of JK Rowling. Of course, I’m a great lover of the Harry Potter series, but now with her stories for ‘adults’ I’ve become an even bigger fan.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Well, there certainly were quite a few. First of all, it took me a very long time to write my first book, Redwood Violet. Eighteen months to be exact. Then I had to learn all about e-books, formatting, royalties; my gosh, it was overwhelming! Not to mention that I had to figure out how to actually sell my books. I still haven’t mastered that last part. So yeah, there were tons of challenges. Still are. The world of self-publishing continues to evolve and we, as indie authors, must change with it.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Mind-reading. Hands down, that would be the best superpower ever! I guess you could say it’s the insecure artist in me. Needing to know what people think of my work, honestly think of it, not just what they tell you.
What was your first job?
I was a junior in high school, so I was about 16. I worked part-time through a cooperative office education program in a car dealership. I answered phones, filed papers, you name it, I did it, except actually selling the cars J It was a good experience and those types of programs are really invaluable in shaping the minds of young people.
What types of books do you write?
I love mysteries. Writing them and reading them. I include elements of suspense, verging on thrillers in much of my work. I enjoy exciting, page turning stories and I think that’s how I write.
Who’s your main audience?
I would venture to say women, probably from about their late twenties all the way up to fifties and even sixties. I don’t know if it’s because female protagonists weigh heavily in my books, but I believe mostly women are drawn to my work. Funny thing is, I have some awesome, tough male characters as well. I think there are men who do enjoy my books, just a much smaller percentage than women.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
Katie Reid, from my Redwood Violet series. I feel as though I know her the best and she is probably more like me than any of my other characters. Of course, I’ve written now three books where she is the main character, so I’ve really developed her personality and know her so very well, it makes sense. But, I suppose there is a little of me in each of my characters and I have a personal attachment to all of them, including the men.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Kids are off to school fairly early, husband goes into work about 9. From that point, I shut off the TV and turn on my laptop. I don’t stop writing, except to use the bathroom and eat, until 3:30 when my kids get home. I sometimes use the early morning to work on marketing or my blog and weekends usually consist of at least some marketing, but not much writing. That’s about it. I treat it like a job with a set schedule because that’s what it is. It’s a job I happen to love, but it must still be treated with dedication and taken seriously if I hope to continue earning a living from it.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I haven’t yet, no. Well, let me restate that. I did to a very trivial extent in my book Beyond the Clearing. Some of the banter between the women and the location in which the book takes place, those things happened to a degree. I can’t say though, that I came across any evil forces during that particular trip!
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
No. It never is. I never know what my book will be called until I’ve written almost the entire first draft. It’s very difficult for me, actually. The title must convey the tone of the story. It has to mean something. I’ll usually bounce a few ideas off of members of my family to see which one they like the best. Sometimes that’s the one I’ll go with, but not always.
If you could pick one profession which would you choose if you were not an author?
Well, I spent twenty years in the construction industry prior to becoming an author, so definitely NOT that! I’d be a baker. I’d own my own bakery and make lovely cakes and cookies! I still might someday, when I’m older and I’ve run out of story ideas.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on book three of my Redwood Violet series. In fact, I’ve just made Law of Five available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s due to be released on December 1st. I’m really excited about this one. I think fans of the series will be in for a big surprise.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Baskin-Robbins chocolate/peanut butter
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird, definitely.
Red, or white wine? Depends on the time of year. Red in the winter, white in the summer.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Water rides. Can’t handle roller coasters any more.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Well, I have a pool, so probably the ocean.
Walking or fitness club? Walking. Don’t like gyms. I feel too self-conscious.
Any last words?
Well, I’d like to thank you very much for hosting me. I thoroughly enjoyed answering your questions and I hope that your readers have had a chance to get to know me a little. And I hope they’ll like me enough to take a chance on my work.
Thanks you for chatting with our readers and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
Having always been a lover of books, Robin attributes her creativity to the wonderful overseas adventures she has shared with her husband of 15 years. Traveling throughout Europe and having lived in England, opened her mind and with that came a steady stream of story ideas inspired by her author-idols in the suspense/thriller genre.
Robin published her debut mystery/suspense novel, Redwood Violet in March of 2013. And in September 2013, the much-anticipated sequel, All the Shiny Things (Redwood Violet II), was released. Both have become Amazon Bestsellers! Now, Beyond the Clearing has also joined the list! Her latest novel, Landslide, was released in July, 2014. This exciting corporate thriller reveals Robin’s unique voice yet again.
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