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Friday, November 28, 2008

Spotlight on Robin Bayne and Words to Write By


ROBIN BAYNE is the award-winning author of five novels and four novellas, and is a columnist for the "Spirit Led Writer" ezine and "The" Her essays, articles and devotionals have been published in the God's Way Book series, Cup of Comfort Devotionals, The Secret Place, Christian Communicator, Writer's Journal and many other publications. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer's Digest World's Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband, and works a "day job" as a mortgage underwriter (at a very stable, small community bank!). Visit her at

by Robin Bayne
Published by Treble Heart Books (MountainView Division)


Join a variety of well-known authors as they share the Scripture or quotations they find inspiring to their writing. The devotionals they've contributed reflect all aspects of the writing life: basic motivation, rejection, publishing and succeeding. Spend some time with the writers you love and discover what words they write by.

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1. What gave you the inspiration for this book?

I enjoy reading daily devotionals and I also enjoy reading advice for writers. So I decided to put them together and provide a book of devotionals for writers. When I started asking authors I know to participate, I was overwhelmed and grateful by their response. This book wouldn't have been possible without so many wonderful writers sharing their experiences.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your selection in this book? How much came from outside sources?

My piece included in the book is actually fairly short, and inspired by one of my favorite Bible verses. Originally I wanted to use a piece I wrote that was based on Beth Moore's "Believing God" workshop, but decided against it due to the amount of time/permission that would be needed.

As I assembled the book, creating chapters and deciding on which pieces fit the best, I definitely relied on outside experience. This came in the form of books I've read over the years and comments/questions I've fielded from writers. And of course I was inspired by the Bible to put these devotionals together--so many of them feature Scripture as their inspiration.

3. Are there any humorous stories to be found tucked between the pages?

Although the devotionals aren't ha-ha laugh-out-loud funny, many of them have amusing elements that will make the reader smile.

4. What types of themes exist in Words to Write By that you hope the reader gleans from reading?

Patience, persistance, garnering motivation from Scripture and from other writers who are further along on the journey.

5. What was the most difficult part about assembling this compilation?

It was very hard to decline some of the submissions--all of them had some type of value, but might not have fit the rest of the project.

6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

I don't have anything scheduled at this point, but I am working on a new novel. I am also writing a column for the Baltimore am the "Book and Blog" examiner for the Baltimore area.

Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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Thank you, Robin, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Words to Write By.

If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post. Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname Wouldn't want you to miss out on winning a book. :)

And if you want to make certain you don't miss anything, check the box that says 'email follow-up comments to:' when you leave a comment and they'll be sent to the email address associated with your blogging account. That way you'll be notified of any comments and will know when I announce the winner.

This week, the contest is open to residents in the US only. International residents can enter for a chance to win an electronic copy of the book.

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Robin Bayne said...

Thanks so much for having me on your site! Looking forward to sending the winner a copy of the book : )

DaisiesAndRoses said...

I would love to be entered! indycolt72(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest. This book looks like something that will be useful to me as I begin retirement from the education field next month to become a full-time writer.
queenbjan at msn dot com

Emily M. Akin said...

Writers' devo books is a great idea. I don't recall encountering anything remotely similar since Marlene Bagnull's Write His Answer. It's time! Please enter me in the contest, too.

Robin Bayne said...

Glad to see lots of writers interested!

Anonymous said...

The book sound great. Enter me, please.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you were writing an article for the Baltimore paper. What an opporutnity! Thanks for sharing with us, Robin.

Pamela J said...

I have many author friends, one who lives just blocks from me. She told me the other day she believes I am a writer also, though I don't have a book in the hands of an agent yet like she does. I love devotionals, in fact that is what I write when I write. I have a few waiting for that book they will go in some day.
I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I write devotionals too and I'm always looking for inspirational verses for writers. I'd love to win a copy of Robin's book. Ann

Robin Bayne said...

I have to say the devotionals are inspiring! They are written by a wide variety of contributors, from newbies to well-known authors. Glad everyone is interested--do you have any questions?

ChristyJan said...

I'd love to win a copy of Words to Write By.


apple blossom said...

Oh, this sounds like a neat little book. I love devotionals. I'd love to be in the drawing

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Noname said...

Great interview, Robin. I'd love to read your book (especially if I win it!). ;)

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for all the great comments!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Wow, look at all the comments. Fantastic!

We have a winner from this drawing and that is:


Congratulations! I've emailed you for your mailing information so Robin can send out your book.

Others, check out the interviews on Brandilyn Collins and Mary Connealy to see if you've won.

As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support.