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Interview with Robin Covington, author of Sweet Southern Betrayal

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About Sweet Southern Betrayal

Privileged and ambitious attorney Teague Elliott is on the fast-track to getting everything he wants. All he has to do is stay on the straight and narrow and a high-profile political career is his for the taking. Until he wakes up naked with a Vegas showgirl…

Risa Clay has worked hard to put her showgirl past behind her and start fresh. But she owes ten grand to the wrong people, and to pay off her debt, she agrees to betray a stranger. . .but she ends up with a husband and guilty conscience.

Savvy and determined, she double-crosses the mob, goes on the run, and turns up on Teague’s doorstep armed with a dangerous secret, a marriage license, and the power to ruin his well-planed future. She thought using Teague again would be easy, but the passion that exploded between them in Vegas didn’t stay in Sin City and betrayal is the last thing on her mind.

Now Teague has to choose between the future he’s planned for all his life, or the one with Risa that he can’t turn away from.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

This is the third in a series that all have “southern” in the title so I knew I had to have that in there. Since this is a story of deception and betrayal I added the betrayal part and then as the romance is edgy and dark but also sweet . . . there you go. ; )

What is your writing environment like?

I write in my closet. It is 22 feet long and 8 feet wide and my husband renovated it for me for Christmas 2012. I drew up plans for the shelving and stuff for the first 11 feet – which is the closet part – and the last 11 feet has my desk, shelves, a comfy chair and a window to look out on the woods around my house. I love it there. It is so quiet and my wifi is spotty – so it forces me to work. (this is a great thing because I am the world’s best procrastinator)

What is your favorite quote? Why?

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke
It’s a heavy one but I have it pinned to my corkboard. For me, it is paramount for me to always look to do the right thing, to stand up for the right thing. If I don’t do that them nothing else I do matters.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

I’m Southern and my family is a bunch of storytellers. We can’t discuss anything with launching into a round of “do you remember?” and “there was this time” and I inherited the love of a good story. In my head, I’m always concocting the story that will keep my picky family riveted in their seats.

What inspires you to write?

Music is probably the biggest inspiration for me. I’m a singer and a musician and I am moved by a melody and well-crafted lyric. I always have music playing in the background and I make playlists for all my books. But, I can find inspiration on the news, a movie, a conversation that I overhear in Panera.

What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Sitting my butt down to do it. It is hard work and takes so much time and since I work a day job, it happens either early in the morning or late at night for me. So, that is the hardest part but I love it once I begin.

Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?

For me, this book explored my thoughts and feelings on the class differences in the U.S. We don't have royalty but background and money can create a huge gap for people. Teague and Risa are from different worlds but when it comes down to it – they are the same people. That is all that matters in the end.

What have you done to promote this book?

I had an amazing release party on Facebook on the actual day of release, I took out ads at a few popular blog sites, and I’ve done this blog tour. I think it is all standard stuff for today’s author – promo is to important with so many people publishing today.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

There are so many craft books and tools to choose from – something for every kind of writer. I’m trying to use and learn Scrivener but I find that I like to write my books in Microsoft Word for Mac and use Pinterest as a place to collect inspiration pics and website links.

My go-to tools for writing is the Emotion Thesuraus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi and Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Deb Dixon. I also use The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Cowden, Lefever and Viders.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I didn't start writing until I turned 40 – four years ago – and I always hear lots of people tell me how they want to write a book but they can’t for whatever reason. I love to ell people to do it – write that book – no matter your age or stage in life – give it a try because you never know how it will turn out.

ABOUT ROBIN COVINGTON

Robin Covington roundedRobin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel was nominated for the RT Book Reviewers Choice Awards for Small Press and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington and Maryland Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of The Naked Hero, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today.

You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, a ginormous German Shepherd and the world’s cutest Corgi.

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