The Unintended

Author Interview: Robin Woods

I have a special guest on my blog today. She’s no stranger here, but it’s been a while since I’ve hosted her. Please give a warm welcome to novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series. She’s sharing about her latest projects, giving some author/writer tips, and letting us know a bit more about her life. Enjoy!

Robin is also hosting an eBook giveaway…

Click here to read the interview and enter the giveaway.

Fan Question: Theme

What do you think is the strongest theme in all of your books?French Coven Crest
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If I could only pick one, it would be redemption. That theme is prevalent in every book in the modern timeline, including the one I am finishing.

Can those who have embraced evil become a force of good?

FAN QUESTION: Why so many friends?

Hi Ms. Woods. I’m on your first book and I’m really enjoying it so far. But I gotta ask, why does Aleria have so many flipping friends?! There’s a Kay and a Kaela. Are they the same person?

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The answer is actually pretty simple.  I had said that people are drawn to her and that she is a leader.  If she didn’t have lots of friends I felt it would be a kind of an empty characteristic.  I have read many books where the protagonist is dubbed a “leader,” but only has two friends.  I wanted to show not just say it.The Unintended HiRez

Now, that being said, it was my first novel.  If I was doing it again, I would probably have cut two and developed Kaela and Marie a little more.  But throughout the novel she is actually pulling away from her group of friends in order to protect them.  The friends aren’t actually the focus.  The fact that she has many is significant (people being drawn to her becomes more significant in future books).

As far as the similarity in names, I was going for reality.  In high school, two of my closest friends were Darcy and Marcy—no, I’m not kidding.  And Kay and Kaela are not the same person.

 

NOTE: In an updated version (2.5 in Dec. 2015), Aleria has fewer friends. Kay and Maggie were combined to become Breanna. In addition, Angela and Kathleen were merged to create April.

FAN QUESTION: Ali’s Loyalty

I gotta say right off the bat that I am a huge fan of your books. A couple months ago I got my friend into them too. But recently she and I have been getting into arguments because she doesn’t like Ali. She doesn’t think she has enough of a personality or thinks that some of her actions aren’t good. Like she thinks that Ali has no loyalty because she leaves her friends after Josh comes back. When she says this I take it as a personal attack because I relate to Ali so much. What should I do?

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First of all, thank you for reading.  I am honored that people are passionate about my books.  Unfortunately, we can’t *make* people like what we like.  I am a little baffled on the not having enough personality.  Ali is strong and sassy in my mind’s eye (you see this more in The Nexus).  She is not perfect, but who is?  The flaws are what make characters interesting.The Unintended HiRez

As far as loyalty goes, I see her as fiercely loyal.  All of the decisions she makes in The Unintended are pretty much based on loyalty.  She avoids her friends to protect them, not leave them behind.  She would much rather have a house full of people when she feels threatened, but the thought of one of her friends getting hurt is more than she can handle.  So she faces a creepy, empty house on her own.

Another point: She never abandoned her friends the entire time she was dating Robert, and she wouldn’t have done it if the situation with Joshua was a little more normal.  The only reason she hadn’t been hanging out with them more was because she was in huge trouble with her parents for letting her grades slip after breaking up with Robert.

[Spoilers for The Unintended below]

When she makes the decision to leave her family and friends in the end of the novel, it is not because of Josh (although, he is a bonus).  She leaves to protect both her friends and family.  Peter almost died because of her.  The danger is immediate enough, that Peter leaves, too.  Isn’t that loyalty?

In The Nexus, she is willing to give herself up to save her friends.  There are many, many more examples of this.  In fact, her willingness to sacrifice herself for others becomes a hot-button issue in The Fallen.

Hopefully this helps!  I’m happy to help if you have other questions.

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Fan Questions: Personality

I gotta say right off the bat that I am a huge fan of your books. A couple months ago I got my friend into them too. But recently she and I have been getting into arguments because she doesn’t like Ali. She doesn’t think she has enough of a personality or thinks that some of her actions aren’t good. Like she thinks that Ali has no loyalty because she leaves her friends after Josh comes back. When she says this I take it as a personal attack because I relate to Ali so much. What should I do?
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First of all, thank you for reading.  I am honored that people are passionate about my books.  Unfortunately, we can’t *make* people like what we like.  I am a little baffled on the not having enough personality.  Ali is strong and sassy in my mind’s eye (you see this more in The Nexus).  She is not perfect, but who is?  The flaws are what make characters interesting.The Unintended HiRez

As far as loyalty goes, I see her as fiercely loyal.  All of the decisions she makes in The Unintended are pretty much based on loyalty.  She avoids her friends to protect them, not leave them behind.  She would much rather have a house full of people when she feels threatened, but the thought of one of her friends getting hurt is more than she can handle.  So she faces a creepy, empty house on her own.

Another point: She never abandoned her friends the entire time she was dating Robert, and she wouldn’t have done it if the situation with Joshua was a little more normal.  The only reason she hadn’t been hanging out with them more was because she was in huge trouble with her parents for letting her grades slip after breaking up with Robert.

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