We are very delighted to be part of Robin’s blog tour for her new novel, Deeper, which was released on 6th March. Robin tells us about her new book, her best moment as a writer so far and her advice for aspiring writers.
What is Deeper about?
Deeper is a love story and a coming-into-adulthood story. It focuses primarily on Caroline, a college sophomore who is struggling after her ex-boyfriend publishes sexually explicit pictures of her on the Internet, along with her full name, her location, and her Facebook page. Caroline is smart and ambitious — she wants to go to law school and become a judge, like her father — so when these pictures go viral it threatens not just her sense of self-worth, but also her future. What we see over the course of the novel is how Caroline adjusts and comes to terms with what happened to her, partly on her own, partly in a relationship with West Leavitt, a guy she’s always considered dangerous but who she can’t seem to stay away from. Eventually, we get to see her grow into a kind of fierce righteousness that is very satisfying.
Is there a book you’ve read that has made an impact on you?
I’ve never read another book about revenge porn, but certainly I’ve been influenced by all sorts of novels. One of my favorite New Adult novels is Charlotte Stein’s Sheltered, which is a beautiful story of a young woman from a very strict fundamentalist religious family who is falling in love — and experiencing a sexual awakening — with a dangerous-seeming stranger.
Best moment so far as a writer?
Just last weekend, I went to the local Barnes & Noble bookstore with my five-year-old son, and we found Deeper on the shelves. It was the first time I’ve seen one of my own books in the wild — so exciting!
If you could swap places with anyone for a day, who would you pick and why?
Oh, I’m never any good with those questions. I’m pretty happy with my life as it is. Maybe I would like to swap places with a far more affluent and leisured version of myself, so I can travel abroad for a few months with my best friend, see things, drink and eat, enjoy the world, and not feel like that sort of thing is impossible, or I’d have to feel guilty about it.
Five tips for new writers?
Five? Goodness! I like to say “read read read, write write write.” Those are the main two. And then, I guess, be fearless, and try things, because that’s how you learn. And find someone to share your work with. Learn how to edit, and get used to the emotional roller-coaster of that, because you’ll spend the rest of your career as a writer going through the ride over and over. Thanks so much for hosting my visit!
Deeper by Robin York is published by Piatkus on 6th March 2014, £8.99.
Photo Credit: Mark Anderson, STUN Photography
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