Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Mya Robarts!
Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing.
She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.
Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes. Probably since I was as young as eight.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I didn’t choose the genre. The genre chose me. I came with the idea when I was researching for a historical thriller. The description of sexual violence during times of war sounded like a far-fetched dystopia. I thought that romance and dystopia could mix well to tell this kind of story. I wanted to write a dystopia with a happy ending.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? The myth of sexually unaware children. People are afraid to approach sexual themes with children, but I think that if they did, children would have better guidance. I’m not saying go graphic with them, just be open to answer their questions. Some of my short stories are a metaphor of the inability of adults to protect children from violence in spite of their best intentions.
What are you currently working on? An erotic dystopian book and a new adult contemporary romance.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? War rape is a subject that has been rarely approached. I thought that a love story could be written under the most horrible circumstances. I wanted to write something dark and sexy, but with a lot of focus on love and hope. I wanted to write a dystopic world where the characters struggle to find love, but when they do it’s for life.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Making my babies (characters) suffer.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I write a lot of outlines, then procrastinate. When that’s done, I procrastinate even more. Finally, I ignore those outlines and go with my instincts. Seriously, that’s what I do, but I wouldn’t ever skip outlining. It helps me organize my ideas. [A bit of planner and a pantser. A happy marriage!]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? A character I love from my own creation is Aleksey Fürst. He’s an alpha male, a tortured soul, a man who falls hard in love for the heroine and who will love her forever.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think I have a little bit of Lila, the heroine of The V Girl. I tend to expect the worst from stressing situations and like her I believe that there should be something else in a sexual relationship than just desire. I wish I was as brave as she is.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I experience ‘writer-gets-distracted-by-the-most-trivial-things’ too often to ever experience writer’s block. When I finally have enough focus and concentration to write my ideas nothing can block them.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I write in multiple genres. I have several short stories in Contemporary Romance, Paranormal erotica, Historical thriller, Historical romance, Sci-Fi erotica, YA Fantasy. Right now I’m writing a new adult contemporary romance, but I’ve been toying with several paranormal erotica projects.
Which authors inspire you? J.K Rowling and Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What novel would you read multiple times? The Harry Potter series.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Jesus Christ. I’m not religious, but he’s a man I admire and who I would love to know better. I love his wisdom and kindness. His message has transcended time and I have always wondered how his voice would sound.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary?
What is your favorite color? Purple
When Mya isn’t writing, she works part-time promoting performing arts with pre-school audiences.
Catch up with Mya online at:
The V Girl Goodreads link and Purchase links
It was a pleasure getting to know you Mya! Thank you for being a part of my Author Spotlight.
Join me next week when we feature Colleen Nye.