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Who is Robin Gianna?
I’m an eternal optimist, even when I shouldn’t be! I like to cook, garden, and explore nature—combining any of these pastimes with my children makes it extra fun! I’m particularly skilled at ignoring clutter in my house and shoving perilously placed items back into over-full closets.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always loved reading and the written word, and studied journalism in college. For some inexplicable reason, though, it never occurred to me to write fiction until I had a strange experience! I’d read a book on a beach vacation, and after I’d finished it the characters kept talking in my head and continuing the story! After weeks of this, I figured I needed to either see a psychologist or write my own book. Writing seemed like a more fun choice, so I began to study the fiction craft.
How did you choose your genre?
I’ve always loved romance of all sub-genres, and still remember some of the Harlequin stories I read as a teen. While I enjoy historical romance, I know there’s so much to learn to make them accurate, and I had enough to learn about writing fiction! I tried writing romantic suspense, but had a little trouble with the suspense part :-) So contemporary romance seems to be the best choice for me.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because Harlequin M&B Medical Romance had a ‘fast track’ submission event where writers could submit one chapter and a synopsis, and receive feedback in a month. My husband and critique partner are both doctors, and I have numerous friends and relatives in medicine so I figured I could do that!
I immediately knew I wanted to set my first medical romance in a mission hospital in Benin, West Africa. My husband had worked there when he was still in medical school and had amazing stories and photos, some interesting and some heartbreaking. So that the story wouldn’t be too ‘out there,’ I chose the secret baby romance trope that many readers, including myself, enjoy. I felt if I could tell a story that was meaningful to me, hopefully it would be meaningful to readers, too.
How did you come up with the title?
Titles are not my strength, I have to say! My original title was Doctor On A Mission, thinking it had a double-meaning—the hero works in a mission hospital and is determined to get the heroine to marry him! The editors came up with the title Changed By His Son’s Smile, which I think is lovely and tells more about the core story than mine did.
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