Bold Strokes Books author Robyn Nyx is her to chat about her hobbies, travel, life, and her latest release Change in Time. This is the second book in the light spec-fic Extractor trilogy. I haven’t read the series yet, but it sounds like a thrilling read and right up my alley.
She’s giving away an e-copy of Escape in Time, the first book in the series, to one lucky winner.
Please welcome Robyn Nyx
Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.
Absolutely my pleasure, TB. Thank you for inviting me to join you.
You’re a Chief Exec of a UK charity, which I’m assuming keeps you fairly busy. How do you find time to write?
Straight in with the hard question, eh? It’s balance, time management, and sheer bloody-mindedness! In addition to the charity work, I run a community interest company with my wife. We’re running three projects right now with another charity, a museum, and a school, so when we’re that busy, I have to make sure every minute of my day counts. I wake early and retire late to get everything in! With regards to my writing, I’m lucky that my wife is also a writer. After we’ve done everything else in the day, we sit side by side on the sofa most nights and weed out the words. We go on annual writing retreats and when we’ve got deadlines, the other one understands, so it’s easier to spend all weekend writing if that becomes necessary. I guess I sometimes have to see it as another job, with a deadline like any other project, but that can be as much of a hindrance as it can a help. There are times when I have to remind myself that I wanted this life…those times are made much easier when you read a good review of your work or you meet wonderful readers at Pride events all over the country. That’s when I remember how lucky I am to be a published author with the best LGBTQ publisher in the world, and it makes me want to boot up the Mac as soon as I can.
According to your bio, you’re an avid shutter-bug. How does your love of photography aid your writing?
I love the written word, but I also adore the truth you can capture in a photograph. We often go on research trips for our books and taking photographs can help with recreating a particular environment once we’ve returned. We went to the concentration camp, Ravensbrück, just north of Berlin for Escape in Time, and the photographs I got, particularly of the guards’ lodgings were really helpful when I came to writing those scenes (and well worth climbing through a broken window for).
Two of the photos I’ve sent are from Chicago. The night of a really bad storm, and the morning after. Night shots are difficult enough, but when you’re trying to capture lightning, it can be almost impossible. But the result of sitting in the same cramped position for two hours was stunning.
The third photo was another night shoot with professional model and entertainer, Lady Viper. She was great to work with, and again, there’s an inherent difficulty working with low light, but I was really pleased with this shot. I always try to do all the work when I shoot—I don’t like using Photoshop to improve images.
Your partner Brey Williows is also a writer. Have you two ever collaborated together? If not, will you?
Ha—we were asked that question by two lovely readers (Jane and Jayne) at a recent event because they thought our voices would complement each other nicely. We wrote a novella very early on in our relationship but we would never submit it anywhere! A real book is in the future, for sure (as soon as I convince her it’s a great idea). Most of our books are written from two or three perspectives, so I’d like us to write a book where Brey writes one character and I write the other. It could be a while before that comes to pass though, because we’ve both got the next three or four books each planned.
Tells us about your new release.
Change in Time is the second in the light spec-fic Extractor trilogy. I can’t give too much away because Escape in Time (the first in the series) ended on a cliff hanger and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. The series is about an organization who send a team of operatives and an Extractor back in time to save the lives of people who would’ve done something spectacular for humanity, but whose life/career was cut short. Escape followed the team back to Germany in the Second World War to rescue the life of a lesbian Jewish doctor who’d been living as a man to continue her work once Hitler came to power. She was on the path to curing cancer until her deception was discovered and she was thrown in a concentration camp. Escape and Change both have separate missions, but the main story running through the series is the effect time travel and their actions have on the team, particular Landry Donovan, an elite Extractor, and her best buddy, Delaney, an Operative. It’s about the evils we might perpetrate for the greater good and the cost of that sin-eating on the soul.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve visited?
I don’t know that they’re exotic, but I have a few favorite places that I’ve visited, including Venice, Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. Venice is a fabulous city, and I’m glad I got the chance to go before it ends up submerged! I loved blading in Heavenly—careening down the mountain at top speed in a T-shirt with the sun making the snowfall look like diamonds in the sky was something to behold. And sitting in front of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas is one of my favorite places in the world.
Name three things you can’t live without.
I’m going to be sickeningly romantic and say the first thing I can’t do without, is the love of my wife (please find the sick bag located in the elasticated pocket of the seat in front of you). The second thing is the gym. Going to the gym is important for my mental health, especially when I’ve got a lot going on in my head (which is almost all of the time—see question one!). I get antsy if I miss a few days, and it’s amazing how that melts away within moments of starting my workout. It also keeps me in a shape Brey is particularly fond of. The third thing is really good ice cream, especially Ben & Jerry’s (hence needing to visit the gym pretty regularly).
Name three things you hate doing, but have to.
I’m not a big fan of cleaning the outside of our house (windows, doors, fascias etc) and because we’ve got bird feeder on the windows, the sills get super sticky with seed so they have to be done regularly. Nor do I like cleaning the inside of the house—I’m not limiting this to toilets, or pulling the clumps of Brey’s hair that look like dead squirrels from the shower plug, or getting on my hands and knees to vacuum Brey’s hair from the carpet—I’m talking all of it. It takes so much time and it gets mucky again so quick, it drives me insane. My third thing is preparation time for almost any job—cleaning the car (unwinding the hose; powering up the pressure washer); decorating (clearing the floor space; putting masking tape on the skirting boards); you get the picture. I hate wasting time on trivial things when there’s so many other more interesting things I could be doing!
If you were planning a once in a lifetime trip for yourself where would you go and why?
Funny you should ask, but we’re currently planning a three-week trip to Hawaii as our honeymoon. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go since I watched Lilo and Stitch! We’re looking to hit the quieter islands though, do plenty of kayaking and relaxing, and get away from everything and everyone. I’m hoping the smaller islands won’t even have the internet. Given how busy our daily life is, unplugging from everything and everyone but each other is vital for both of us.
Thanks so much for chatting today.
No problem at all, TB. It was great talking with you.
CHANGE IN TIME
The Extractor Trilogy Book Two
Release date: November 14, 2017
Intrigue & Thriller / Romance
Working in the past is hell on your future.
Landry’s life has always been about doing her duty and giving it her all, and when they have to stop a deranged serial killer in the past, she tries to stay focused. But now, with Jade Carter always on her mind, her worry about Delaney’s mental welfare, and her attempt to have a normal life, things feel more complex than ever before.
Plagued by nightmares and memories of the woman she left behind in Nazi Germany, Delaney knows things have to change, and she’s the one to make it happen. But making those changes may mean she loses Landry forever. When she sets her plans in motion during their mission, she has no idea how it will end. Will their differences demand the ultimate sacrifice?
MEET THE AUTHOR
Robyn Nyx lives in England but enjoys traveling all over the world in search of inspiration. She loves to create complex characters to weave into stories that remind us of the darker side of human nature in the hope that we might cultivate the light. Make contact and find out more at robynnyx.com
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ESCAPE IN TIME
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Thanks so much Robyn for stopping by today.
Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.
Have a fab weekend!