Author Interview – R. D. Kardon
Robin is a new author for The Naked Reviewers. And, you know how much we love to host new authors on the site. It’s so much fun to meet new people. Judging by Robin’s biography, she has more letters behind her name than an algebra problem. I can’t wait to talk to her. Let’s get this interview started.
Award-winning author Robin “R.D.” Kardon had a twelve-year flying career as a corporate and airline pilot. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and three Captain qualifications. Her travels took her all over the world in every type of airplane from small single-engine Cessnas to the Boeing 737. Robin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from NYU and J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. A native New Yorker, Robin now lives in San Diego, California with her beloved rescue pets.
Her first novel, Flygirl, a work of fiction inspired by her own aviation experience, is Book #1 of The Flygirl Trilogy. It is a #1 Amazon Best Seller.
Angel Flight, Book #2 of The Flygirl Trilogy, examines the personal and professional pressures faced by Captain Tris Miles as she plans and executes a critical “angel flight,” designed to carry a critically ill woman from a remote area in Canada to the US for medical treatment while struggling with a new relationship.
To learn more about Robin, her writing process and early influences, check out the article she published on BooksByWomen.org. Or visit www.TrailBlazersImpact.com and hear Robin’s interview on the Nan McKay Show! Visit RDKardonAuthor.com and sign up for the monthly newsletter! To really stalk her, friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, check out her Instagram, BookBub, Goodreads, and don’t miss out on her blog.
Interview conducted by Sherry Terry
TNR: When you wrote your books, did you consider that they’d end up in the Suspense Action Fiction/Women’s Adventure genre?
Robin: When Flygirl became an Amazon #1 Best Seller in Suspense Action Fiction and a #2 Best Seller in Women’s Adventure Fiction, I remember thinking, “Well, that makes sense!” My books are fast-paced, I include a lot of dialogue and my characters are always doing something. This genre assignment was helpful when I wrote Angel Flight. I consistently thought of ways to make the plot move faster, and make my readers keep turning pages.
TNR: Tell us about your writing process, and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
Robin: I’m writing my third novel now, Book #3 in The Flygirl Trilogy. Knowing what readers my first two books appeal to is extremely helpful. My goal is to continue to make my characters relatable and give them real-world challenges. How they change, grow and respond in the face of those obstacles, will, I hope, keep my readers breathless until the end!
TNR: When you develop characters, do you already know who they are before you begin writing, or do you let them develop as you go?
Robin: When I create characters, I know their names, a little about their current situations and how they fit into the story, and not much more. They develop as I write, and I find that they can help tell the story in surprising ways. Sometimes I’ll be writing a parallel storyline without even knowing it. The book description of Angel Flight promises a story about “Two women. The men they love. One desperate plan.” And it delivers on that commitment, but I had absolutely no idea when I was writing the book that the story would deliver that plotline.
TNR: What book are you most proud of writing?
Robin: Great question! Truthfully, my first book Flygirl represented a tremendous personal accomplishment for me. It is based on my own experience, and I started writing it 25 years ago when the events I fictionalized in the book took place. I wrote 83 pages in WordPerfect, a word processing program that isn’t even around anymore, printed it out and stuck it in a manila folder titled “Book.” I carried that folder with me until 2015 when I finished the first draft. Flygirl was released in 2019.
TNR: What a sweet story! Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Robin: Yes, for better or worse. That has always been what first attracts me to a book, along with the title, and occasionally the author if it’s someone whose books I enjoy reading. I hired a professional cover designer for both of my books, and we did numerous drafts before we came up with the perfect covers. I’m extremely pleased with both of them.
TNR: Do you proofread/edit all your own books before you submit them for traditional publishing or self-publish them, or do you have someone who does it?
Robin: I would not, under any circumstances, publish something that only I had read. I get so close to my work, I can’t see big-picture issues with characters or plot. The success of my books has been due in no small part to the professional editors who have read, critiqued and corrected them.
TNR: I agree 100%. I never publish anything until I get some eyes on it too. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Robin: I had very strong views that I would never give my books away for free BEFORE I published, and now consider freebies a terrific way to help build my brand. So, I do believe that giving away free copies of a book, especially one like Flygirl, a debut novel from an unknown author, can help an author develop a following.
TNR: Do you read your reviews?
Robin: Every single one. When I do, I look for patterns in the critique. Diverse comments usually mean that the reader has experienced the book differently from other readers, which is expected. If readers consistently make the same comment, then it’s something I have to think about for future books. So far, readers have been extremely complimentary, and the ones that were not have been specific about why.
TNR: What is your favorite way to avoid writing?
Robin: Well, this is easy. Eating/snacking of course!
TNR: Me too! What is something about you that people probably don’t know?
Robin: I’m an introvert. No, stop laughing. I do a lot of in-person appearances, video meetings, Zoom conferences and public speaking. I mean a lot! I love doing these events, interacting with readers and attendees. But then, I require significant alone time. I’m also highly empathic, so I tend to absorb the energies of people around me. When I’m surrounded by fearful, angry, anxious people, I tend to internalize those feelings. I can’t spend much time in those environments.
Most writers are openly introverted or in the introversion closet. Including me. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a look at your writing and your life. I had fun!
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