Robin D. Owens
single and living in Colorado with cats. I've been seriously writing
for eight years and HEARTMATE is my fourth completed book. I began writing
paranormal contemporary romantic suspense, switched to Regency Historical
novels and found my voice in Futuristic/Fantasy Romance. I'm currently
working on my fifth and sixth booksboth set in the world of Celta
(I have lots of ideas for this world). My best writing momentbeing
the first futuristic romance published in the Magical Love line by Jove!
My worst writing moment is every time a rejection hits.
a true INFJ personality type = Introverted, intuitive vs. factual, "feeling"
rather than thinking, and make quick judgments.
a nightowl, Scorpio, love pets, and I learn best through touching (tactile).
I'm usually optimistic. My other creative outlet (and major achievement)
is as a member of the Lungfish Theater improv group.
love to read and read everything, science fiction, fantasy, mystery,
thrillers, romance. I firmly believe that any man who reads a well-written
romance will learn what a woman wants.
HeartMate - Wisconsin Romance Writers of America
2000 Fabulous Five Writing Contest
HeartMate - Valley Forge Chapter of the Romance Writers of America
Heart Thief - Valley Forge Chapter of the Romance Writers of America
Betrothal and Blackmail - Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
1994 Contest in Historical Romance
received awards in a variety of other contests including: Pikes Peak
Writer's Contest, FF&P's On the Far Side Contest, and an honorable
mention (many years ago) in the Maggie Contest.
~ Bio courtesy of Robin's Website
An Interview with
Robin D. Owens
HEARTMATE is your debut novel. What inspired you to write paranormal
romance, and in particular a futuristic romance?
I wrote as a child, it was always about imaginary worlds with maps to
go along. This hasn't changed, I have a very amateurish map of the continent
of Celta and anticipate tackling the city of Druida shortly. I loved
fairy tales, science fiction, fantasy and magic. When I started writing
romance I tried several time-periods, then started HEARTMATE as a whim
and was told emphatically by my critique buddies (none of whom read
futuristic romance) that I'd found my voice. So I continued to write
what I loved, despite the market.
story begins in Druida, City on the planet Celta, four hundred years
after colonization. Who are the colonists and where do they come from?
Is their background reflected in the planet's name? Why have they left
their home world?
colonists were from Earth. They left Earth in three spaceships which
were funded by twenty-five major families who wanted to develop their
psychic abilities without being feared and loathed by the general Earth
population. They also wanted to found a culture based on old Celtic
beliefs--or what they perceived old Celtic beliefs to be. So they called
the planet Celta and the city Druida.
hero, Rand T' Ash, has status among his people. He head of the GreatHouse
of Ash, one of the first families. He has great Flair, however he is
not typical of people of his status. He has inherited his position through
does belong to the highest rank of Celtan nobles, however, he was the
third son so he was never considered as the heir and was usually in
trouble. When he was six, he snuck down to the library in the middle
of the night and was there when his family and home were destroyed.
He escaped and grew up in the streets of the slum, Downwind. As he grew
to adulthood, he avenged his family and fought to get his home and estate
back. He carries a lot of emotional baggage and a secret that he doesn't
intend to reveal to his HeartMate until it is too late for her to back
out of the commitment.
Rand is rough around the edges he is not without friends. He has familiar,
a cat which had acquired him, when he was a frightened boy, hiding from
his family's murderers in Downwind. He also is close to the Holly heir.
What role do these two characters play in his life?
T'Ash's familiar cat, is a mentor, companion and can be generally frustrating
(like all cats). Zanth is the only family that T'Ash has now. T'Ash
met Holm Holly when Holm was slumming Downwind, when Holm's psychic
power was being freed and spiraling out of control (Passage). They helped
each other at this time and then Holm assisted T'Ash in re-establishing
himself as a noble. Holm is a sounding board and friend. Since Holm
has a lot more experience with the fairer sex, he feels obliged to give
Rand is lonely and wants a family of his own, the message he reads one
morning in his divination dice have given him reason to hope?
you will meet your HeartMate" has become the tag line of
the book. T'Ash made a set of runes and uses them in the morning for
a daily divination. Since magic/psi power manifests on Celta, when the
prophecy comes, T'Ash believes it. In standard male operating procedure,
he immediately sets goals and crafts a plan to achieve them, without
even considering the nature of his lady.
Flair has made him a gifted creator of jewelry. He has created a HeartGift
to attract his HeartMate? What is a HeartGift?
we all like something that could tell us instantly who was our soul
mate (or at least a great life partner)? How much easier life COULD
be. That's a HeartGift. It's an object usually made when in a psychic
dreamquest, so it resonates with the essence of the creator. A HeartGift
will attract the true mate on all levels (including sexual).
he meets her, Rand already suspects the identity of his HeartMate. What
reasons does he have?
shop manager told him of a female customer who continually bought his
most sensual (and inexpensive) creations. So he began making her jewelry,
trying to figure out what she liked, if he could make an object and
be sure that she'd buy it--see if he could tempt her.
Mallow had also been orphaned. Her parents had been killed in an accident,
rather than murdered as Rand's had, so she had a somewhat gentler childhood
than he. Still she spent her entire childhood in an orphanage? How has
this affected her expectations or desires for her future?
Danith grew up in the only orphanage, run by a group of "nuns"
called the Maidens of Saille. She is lower-middle class and wants an
ordinary, steady life and a BIG, BIG family. Celta is a tough planet.
Though the environment has extended lifespans, the trade off is that
birth rates are low and sterility not unusual. Not to mention the fact
that many people still have an adventurous gene and take off for the
wilds once they're grown. The extended family is virtually unknown,
but Danith finds a nice big, middle-class family and adopts it--the
Clovers (clover spreads really well in my yard).
does she react to Rand's HeartGift, and to Rand?
their first meeting, Danith knows Rand T'Ash is powerful and dangerous.
Later that night, when she feels the effects of the HeartGift, she decides
he's a corrupt noble who put a sleazy sex spell on a piece of jewelry
to attract women to his bed (which is illegal). Naturally she walks
had thought obtaining his HeartMate would be a simple matter. How does
he respond to Danith's rejection?
Poorly, just like any man. Not only was he rejected, but his great plan
for winning Danith is a shambles. He perseveres. He makes new plans.
He modifies his plans. His plans invariably screw up.
has her life all mapped out. She finds Rand's overtures exasperating.
What finally brings the two together, or makes her take a second look
things make her soften to T'Ash. He treats his cat and his friends well.
He lets Danith know that he will give her anything within his power.
He puts himself in danger for her (and becomes possessive and overprotective).
He believes in her. After she abandoned her most cherished dream, he
shows her how it can come true (and thereby changes her life beyond
all recognition). A telepathic connection begins to spin between them.
Most of all, T'Ash shows Danith that he's vulnerable to her opinion
of him. And she finds him sexy as hell.
life in the streets, among the disenfranchised members of his society,
has given him a unique perspective on that society's ills. Does this
influence him to try to change the mindset of his privileged peers?
He's said, several times before the story opens, that the slum of Downwind
and the problems that cause it must be addressed. But because he's a
loner the noble council doesn't pay much attention to him. He hasn't
tried to do anything himself because he still fears and dislikes that
element of himself which he associates with his "Downwind"
years. Part of his growth is to accept that facet of himself so he can
Holly is an intriguing character, and still available <g>, and
it isn't hard to imagine that there are numerous familiars begging to
have their stories told. Will their be a sequel to HeartMate? What is
next for Robin D. Owens?
have lots of stories spinning in my head for Celta. When I thought it
was unlikely that I'd be published, I gave myself permission to work
on more than one book. Consequently, HEART THIEF (the story of the Null--no
psi powers--Ruis Elder) is proceeding with a third major revision AND
the story of Holm Holly is about half done. The fourth book is at proposal
stage and I have notes for 3 more...
excerpt and first chapter of HEART THIEF (only a little out of date,
LOL) can be read on my website:
http://www.robindowens.com I didn't pay a whole lot of attention
to the ills of Celtan culture, except to use it as background, in HEARTMATE.
But the cultural flaws are very much to the forefront in HEART THIEF.
Ruis Elder is a mutant and outcast, despised and loathed--banished from
Druida upon pain of death. Naturally he falls in love with the new Supreme
Judge of the city...Ruis' familiar is Samba, a fat calico cat, who's
favorite phrase is "Let's go play." The heroine in the story
also has a familiar--a puppy. The proposal for this book is currently
with my editor.
Holly, the premier fighter of Celta, wasn't supposed to have a HeartMate,
but due to events taking place in HEART THIEF, he has grown enough to
find his match--a Healer. Only my online and in-person critique groups
have seen this story.
As for my cats! Diva, the princess of the household, is in a major snit
because Maddox (Zanth) is trotting around calling himself "The
Cover Cat." The first thing my editor said to me was "email
photos of the cat." So Maddox (as Zanth) is on the cover AND the
spine of the book. I did give Diva a scene in HEART THIEF, but
that hasn't stopped her whining, and she doesn't get her own book until
Straif Blackthorn's and Mitchella Clover's story (book four). "Are
you a good cat?" "No, but I am beautiful and that counts more."
I know that Berkley is taking a chance on me and my stories and I am
hoping that the run for Celta will last at least until I run out of
cats... my cats, the neighborhood cats (who visit the outdoor bowl),
my Mother's cat...I really DIDN'T mean to draw into our lives that abandoned,
pregnant cat who gave birth to SEVEN ginger kittens...
And as the Celtans would say: Let us merry meet and merry part and merry
Robin D. Owens
- All his life, Rand T'Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate,
with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough but now a
respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift,
which, in the custom of the psychically-gifted population of the
planet Celta, is the way a man finds -- and attracts -- his wife...
Mallow is irresistably drawn to the magnficent necklace on display
in T'Ash's shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering
attraction. In a world where everone is defined by their psychic
ability, Danith has little and thus is at the opposite end of the
social spectrum from T'Ash. But T'Ash refuses to accept her rejection,
and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates,
but can T'Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his
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