Meet Lady in Red: Robyn Corum

Melinda Heads West by Robyn Corum

What happens when a feisty young woman travels west in 1880 to pick up a family deed? If it’s small-town Melinda McCorkle, you can count on luck to take a hike. Mindy is travelling with six strange men in a hard-riding stagecoach. When the coach breaks down, they’re forced to walk the thirty-five miles remaining to her destination. That would be enough to try anyone’s patience, but then the company is set upon by thieves and murderers in the form of the evil Byler brothers, and the stakes are raised.

Fortunately, Mindy makes the close acquaintance of two “gentlemen,” Luke Wilhite and Gary Boone, who try to help her through these dangers.

Luke is tall and fair, while Boone is taller and dark. Mindy feels an immediate attraction to Boone, but he’s married! Or is he? Who will finally win Mindy’s affection?

Introduce Yourselves, Ladies in Red!

Hi!  I’m Robyn Corum, one of the newest Ladies in Red, and I’m so pleased and honored to wear the name!

Is this a pen or personal name?

This is my real, true-to-life name.

Let’s get the details out of the way: Single, married, divorced, widowed?  Parent?

I’ve been very happily married to my own White Knight and Hero, Reggie, for over twenty years.  We have three fabulous kids and one son-in-law, whom I adore.  Lucky me!

Living where? And doing what, other than writing?

I live in a small town in North Alabama.  As far as what I do when I’m not writing… that’s a tough one.  My son says sleep!

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

A great number of the things I write about are located near where I live, or have that special flavor in the speech.  I love the South and its heritage.  If you could hear me talk, you’d catch it right away.  *smile*

What’s your secret passion? 

oooOooo  The Titanic.  The ship, not the movie.  I have dozens of books and videos relating to the design, sinking, the passengers…  Oops!  Getting carried away… sorry!

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class? 

I remember writing a poem about a tree when I was in sixth or seventh grade.  I have no idea what happened to it.  I’m sure it was brilliant!

Why do you write romance novels? 

That’s easy.  I love the idea of love!  Even though it’s not an easy thing…  Love requires a lot of work!  And not just by romance writers.  Everyone who’s ever been in love knows it comes with good days and bad days, triumphs and heartaches.   Capturing that on paper, so that a reader can say, ‘Yes, that’s what I feel!’ is amazing.

What else do you write? 

I write poetry and short stories, too.  In all genres. 

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience? 

All of it!  Surely it  was me in that stagecoach and fighting off those bad guys!  It sure felt like it at times.  But, I guess, to be serious, it was some of the dialogue.  I bugged my hubby all the time.  He’s famous for his crazy sayings, and I would be in the middle of another chapter and I’d say… ‘Come on, honey.  Say something else for me!”  You’ll see what I’m talking about when you read the book.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I start earrrly in the morning.  I’m very serious about my writing, and I’ve learned that the internet and social media-branding that must be done to build your name can take over.  I try to make sure I focus on my writing project, whatever it is, first.  I aim to produce at least 1,000 words a day.  I don’t always make it, but that’s my goal.  Then, I turn to the business-side of things.

Favorite quote: 

“Books fall open and you fall in.”  – anonymous

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

It’s a very gritty look at life in the New York tenements of the late 1800s.  My heroine, Ama, is being raised by an abusive stepfather.  She and her stepbrother and stepsister eventually move to the West as she becomes a mail-order bride.  It’s a really hard story to write, but I hope everyone will see the story as I do, a triumph of will and determination over bad situations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for having me!

You can find out more about Melinda at:

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contact me at: robyncorum@aol.com