Chat with Sarah Robinson: Romance and Crime Thriller Author

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Sarah Robinson is an Amazon Bestselling Romance and Crime Thriller Author of the contemporary Rockstar romance series Sand & Clay, as well as the very popular romantic suspense trilogy, The Photographer Trilogy.

All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense.
Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love in emotions, combining psychological complexities and human flaws to create very real characters that readers can relate with.

Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. In regards to future publications, Sarah is with the Seymour Literary Agency and has recently been contracted by Loveswept, a Random House Penguin imprint, to begin a new contemporary romance series in late 2015 called Kavanagh Legends, which follows Irish alpha male brothers in the world of MMA fighting.

She recently married a Fairfax Police Officer, who shares her love of animals. Together, they own a zoo of rescues and enjoy volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

Hi Sarah!

Tell me about yourself. . . your life before you became a Romance and Crime Thriller Author?

“Not much to tell, I’m young and still trying to figure everything out. I grew up in a mix of Maryland and then New Jersey as the oldest of five children in a Greek household, enough said there. Crazy! I put myself through school with several waitressing jobs at a time and then went on to get my graduate degree. I finished my Masters Degree in Criminal Psychology in 2013 and married my now-husband, Justin, who is a Fairfax County police officer. I worked a ton of different jobs during school and after school, but nothing fit me and I didn’t really know what I was looking for. I worked as a mental health counselor for severely disabled schizophrenics, then I counseled paroled sexual offenders, then I worked for a cancer research foundation, and all kinds of other jobs. Finally I got laid off in May 2013, so I started writing because I suddenly had the time! Turns out, that’s where I would find what I love to do!”

Why Romance and Crime Thrillers? Did you dabble in other genres ?

“-I’ve dabbled in several genres at this point, and I plan to try more. I think most authors don’t fit into one genre, because we write what comes to us. Genres are just labels that help sales, so we don’t tend to think about them often. In fact, it can be really stressful to figure out what genre our work fits in, because we would like to think we’re original, outside of the box, unable to be labeled. But readers want labels, they want warnings, and they want to know what they are picking up, therefore genres are a must. I also write contemporary romance, new adult, and some romantic comedy!”

Tell me about The Photographer Trilogy?

“- The Photographer Trilogy is three books based on a true story from my life. It delves into deep topics, including sexual assault, betrayal, and family dysfunction, therefore readers should be aware of that if they are sensitive to certain triggers. I began the book as sort of a therapy, writing about my life, and then I decided to take control and change my story, my ending. So, the trilogy was born, and it’s been so well received by readers, I’m honored!”

What was your inspiration for The Sand & Clay Rocker Series?

“- There wasn’t something I can pinpoint as inspiration. I wanted to write a rockstar romance, but I didn’t want it to be like all the other ones out there. Way too many rockstar romances are filled with drugs, tons of sex, promiscuity, and crazy lifestyles on the road. I write about a sensitive sweet rockstar. A family man, a lover, and a true artist at heart. This rockstar isn’t driven by fame and money, he’s driven by art. There were no books out there like that, so I wanted to put one out there. It’s definitely one of my favorite series, it’s so totally light hearted and sweet. Much different from the deep, darkness of The Photographer Trilogy. Sometimes we all need a little fantasy.”

When thinking about story ideas, what comes first. . . the development of the plot or characters?

“- The plot and the universe the plot takes part in usually come first, then the individual characters form from that usually.”

What advice do you have for young aspiring writers?

“- My advice would be to always remember where you started, and who helped you from the beginning. Remember that you should never give up, but you should listen to criticism and learn from others what you can. I’d advise to grow a thick skin as soon as possible, because people will read your book (your baby!) and hate it. They will. And it will hurt. Aside from that, just keep writing. The hardest part of being a writer is writing! So just sit down and do it!”

Her books can be found at the links below:


Book 1 (Tainted Bodies) ➜ (Only $0.99!)
Book 2 (Tainted Pictures) ➜
Book 3 (Untainted) ➜

Box Set ➜


Book 0.5 (Logan’s Story) –

Book 1 (Sand & Clay) –

Book 1.5 (Sand & Snow) –

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