We’ve long waited to announce Sirena N. Robinson as one of our new authors. Sirena lives in Ohio, and as far as I can tell, runs a farm of dogs and cats and one child. She has many degrees, including a Law degree and a Social Work degree, and she’s constantly doing something.
I wanted to let her talk about her first book, which we are re-releasing in October. This book is the first in a series of eight novels, and travels the span of close to a hundred years. The series is classified as religious fiction, but it’s got a few great twists in it.
The Chosen Chronicles is a series that always keeps the reader on their toes. It’s fast-paced and exciting, filled with action, drama, and of course, a bit of romance. Let’s hear from Sirena herself.
What inspired you to write Devil’s Dilemma, and what kept inspiring you after everything that happened from the course of plot bunny to publication with us?
I don’t remember exactly how I got the initial idea for Devil’s Dilemma, to be honest. I had originally written it in 2008 when I was still handwriting everything in notebooks. Unfortunately, our house burned that September and I lost the manuscript with it. This book was the first thing I’d ever written that I thought was good enough, or had the potential to be good enough, for other people to read. I knew almost immediately that I had to re-write it. As I worked on getting it down a second time, things started changing. Characters were slightly different, some of the plot points changed. The ending is completely different! It took me over two years to re-write it, but I’m really glad I did. It’s 100% better this time around, and by the time I was halfway done, I knew I wanted to make it into a series, so I was able to lay the groundwork throughout that gave me a way to keep going with the series even though the ending seems pretty final.
What brought you to Supposed Crimes? What helped you decide to publish with us?
I got to Supposed Crimes in a very round-about way. One of my beta readers is published through Supposed Crimes and has always spoken highly of them. However, I don’t write LGBT fiction and that was what Supposed Crimes exclusively published. I had also already signed with another publisher. Long story short, things didn’t work out with the publisher I was working with, and I took a chance and emailed Supposed Crimes. Luckily, they liked the book and were willing to expand what she publishes to take me on. The amount of dedication and personal attention given at Supposed Crimes and how welcomed I felt immediately made it an easy decision.
Tell us a bit about why you write what you write.
I write what I like to read. I prefer books with supernatural or paranormal elements, so that’s what I write. I also like well thought out plots that don’t focus just on romance and very developed characters, so I try to give readers those two things as well. Ultimately, if I wouldn’t want to read it, I won’t write it.
You can connect with Sirena on Twitter and her blog. Her first novel, Devil’s Dilemma, is due for re-release October 1, 2014. Her second novel, Devil’s Despair, will also be released in October through our imprint, Acquitted Books.