I am delighted to be speaking with author Bobbi Groover
today. Thanks for chatting with us today and welcome to FAR!
To start, can you tell us a little bit about your current release The Inn at Little Bend?
The Inn is a Historical Romance set in antebellum America. The story spans two decades and chronicles the adventures of Grayson Ridge, a dazzling beauty who is abandoned, scared and in a heap of trouble. She crosses paths with a scraggly drifter who is silent and sullen yet oddly alluring. While constantly at odds, neither of them realizes that their turbulent journey could free them both.
What is your favorite part of a book to write?
It would be hard to reveal my favorite part without spoiling the read. Suffice to say the humorous parts.
Almost every author at some point or another suffers from writer's block. Have you ever had that problem? How do you deal with it?
Can't really say that I've had writer's block in the sense that I think you mean it. The ideas flow easily but the words and ways to express those ideas often stump me. When that happens, I ride my horse. The quiet time without present day distractions usually does the trick.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
I'd have to say a writer needs only two things-a vivid imagination and a place to record what that imagination creates.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I've been writing prose, poetry and stories since I could hold a pencil. I've never really thought about being a 'writer' or not. I write for the fun of it. But when I wrote for periodicals and received a paycheck for doing what I loved, that started me thinking towards it. Now I'm in the middle of my fourth book. I guess I'd finally say, "I'm a writer."
Has a review or comment ever changed your perspective on your work?
Absolutely! One editor in particular made several comments about one of my first stories. While those comments were initially depressing, they made me totally rework the piece. The result proved a stronger, more concise story and his advice has stayed with me throughout my writing career.
Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
It seems these days that everyone's life is overloaded and mine is no different. It's hard to tear yourself away from the computer when the words are flowing. I sometimes can't believe that my family demands dinner and clean laundry! I am also my mother's primary caregiver, so jumping in and out of a story can be difficult. Luckily I'm also an insomniac and, in this case, it's a good thing because I do my best writing at night with headphones.
How did you celebrate selling your first book?
Let out a 'whoop' and a 'holler', rode my horse, went out to dinner and, after everyone else went to bed, wrote three chapters in the next book.
What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd "never" do?
One thing in particular-I said I'd never be dependent on my computer. Wrong! The computer and I are inseparable because it holds all my stories- finished, cooking, and in progress.
Of all things you have accomplished, is there one accomplishment you are most proud of?
As corny as it sounds-the one thing I am most proud of are my kids. My sons are successful, generous, sensitive individuals, dedicated to creating a better world for their communities and future families.
What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
I'm deep into my next book which, while not a sequel, includes several of the characters from the first two romances. I'll be keeping fans posted as the book progresses. I also hope to enjoy a book tour for The Inn.
What's your favorite invention?
I'm exercising a bit of artistic license here. I originally had another answer to this question until our area lost power for three days. I realize that electricity wasn't actually 'invented' but there were many pioneers who 'invented' ways to harness that power. One doesn't often appreciate how those ways affect our lives until one is completely without it. Those three days made quite an impression. On a simple level, I never knew my house was so spooky at night! For three days we had no TV, no Internet, no lights, no microwave and no phone. I wrote and read by candlelight. Bottom line…whoever 'invented' all the ways to provide power to our home, I send a big thank you!
If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be and why?
This one is easy-telepathy. The ability to communicate with all the peoples of the world would be fantastic. Communication is the key to understanding and tolerance. Everyone has a story and telepathy would be a means to share those stories. It would also be so much fun to communicate with my animals!
You have the chance to have dinner with a famous entertainer. Who would you jump at the chance to spend an evening with?
Actors are also entertainers and, in that light, I would jump at the chance to have dinner with Alex O'Loughlin of Hawaii Five-0. When his hair is mussed and he sports a cropped beard, he is the spitting image of the hero of my novels. Dress that man in 19th century garb and have him mounted on a horse and he would be my hero come to life. Now that would be an evening to remember!
Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to be here. I also want to thank everyone who has supported me along this journey. Come visit at my website or blog. Would enjoy hearing from all of you!
Thanks for taking time to speak with me today Bobbi
Interviewed by: Tammy