Robyn Rychards grew up in the granola bowl of the United States, Boulder Colorado, a town filled with fruits, flakes and nuts. She considers herself a Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none and has taught herself to sew, paint, play the piano, garden, cook, the list goes on. But now that her books are published, she’s thrilled to finally be considered a master of one. At least as much as a person can be, for the learning never really stops.
She feels her active imagination is a blessing and a curse, with the blessing far outweighing the curse since it has led her to fulfil her dream of writing for Harlequin. Robyn started writing stories when she was a teenager because she didn’t have enough books to read. Sometimes she finds it hard to believe that people are willing to pay her to do something she enjoys so much, but mostly she’s happy to have such a wonderful excuse not to cook and clean. And a job that means you can stay in your jammies as long as you want? Priceless.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a native of Colorado, USA and I love living here, as well as writing stories that have Colorado settings. That doesn’t mean I don’t like visiting other places, though, or writing about them. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as been to Canada and Mexico. One of the biggest reasons I still live in the state I was born in is because I haven’t found anywhere else I’d rather be.
Multi-tasking is something that doesn’t come easy for me, so having four kids has made it very hard for me to focus on my writing over the years, but as soon as my youngest one started school, I pulled out my old manuscripts, pondered some of the story ideas I’d had over the years, and started writing again. Now that I’m back in the groove of it, I wonder how I ever managed not writing for so long! I love it and am thrilled to be published and sharing my stories with the world.
What inspired you to be a writer?
This is rather hard for me to pinpoint, actually. I remember getting my first long creative writing assignment when I was about thirteen. While the rest of the class was groaning about writing something that had to be longer than a page, I was excited about it. When I enjoyed doing the assignment and got an A on it, I knew I wanted to write for fun. It was around that same time I started reading a Harlequin romance my grandmother gave me, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since she lived out of state, I was unable to get anymore from her, so the only access I had to them at such a young age was in the department stores, which meant I had to buy them with my own money. This, of course, made them hard to come by for me! Since I didn’t have any romances to read, I decided to start writing them. It snowballed from there!
How did you choose your genre?
Since romance was the only genre I thoroughly enjoyed, I couldn’t imagine writing anything else. Whether historical, suspense or contemporary, first and foremost the story has to be about the hero and heroine finding their happy ever after!
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
Escape to Paradise has been a LONG time in the making. I got the idea for it when I was a teenager and it was the first full length novel I’d ever written. It’s not, however, anything like the first draft. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many drafts have been thrown away and how many times I’ve started this story over. Now it’s finally reached the version I want everyone to read and I’m so excited to finally have Maximillian and Andrée’s story out in the world!
How did you come up with the title?
The hero is a rock star wanting to escape the spotlight, and the heroine is an island girl. It didn’t take long to come up with Escape to Paradise and nothing else appealed as much.
What is your favourite scene?
I’ve loved music ever since I can remember and taught myself to play the piano when I was a teenager, so one of my favorite scenes is when Maximillian is playing the piano for Andrée. Not knowing he’s famous, she discovers how musically gifted he is when he tells her to name a song and he’ll play it for her, because he can play any song he’s heard before. It’s a talent that my brother has as well as a friend of mine, and it leaves me in awe. I wish I had it.
Andree Bancroft lives a sheltered life on St. Barthelemy and there’s no place she’d rather be. When a famous singing artist shows up at the villa her father manages, she has no clue who he is. It’s the compelling man that attracts her.
Maximillian Chanteur is desperate. His fiancée dumped him, his muse has vanished and he’s sick of living in a fishbowl. Escape to an island villa is exactly what he needs. Andree Bancroft is not!
Their time on the island and in the whirlwind life of a celebrity in the States, teaches them what’s really important. Being together.
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