JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
B. J. Robinson, author of Southern Superstitions
(Desert Breeze Publishing)
Prayer versus Southern Superstitions…
A woman’s husband mysteriously disappears in the swamp on a deer-hunting trip. As steamy as the hot, thick, sticky heat of Louisiana, this page-turner will keep readers in suspense, as the author spins a tale of love, loss, superstition, pain, heartache, and faith in God.
Reviewer Kathy Boswell says:
Very good! She never gives up hope that Andy will return to her someday. She puts it all in God’s hands like she’s done every crisis in her life. She knows He will take care of this for her.
God and The Power of Prayer versus Southern Superstitions…
Through belief, faith, hard work, the power of prayer, and God’s help, this powerful, moving story is a thought-provoking Christian romantic suspense about a young couple who fall in love, but have to change her mother’s mind in more ways than one, if their relationship is to survive.
Can Andy convince June there’s more to their relationship than friends? Will he win the approval of Mrs. Myrtle, her mother, and can love survive strawberry season and an April flood? Will June be able to give Andy a child?
Favorite sentences: It was faith in God that would bring her husband home. Even a lucky penny or dime declared, “In God we trust.”
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Southern Superstitions?
B. J. Robinson: My mother’s superstitions, Bible verses, and God. I wanted to write a novel that would show God is in control, not fate or luck.
JP: What sets Southern Superstitions apart from other books in the same genre?
BJR: One reviewer said it’s an unusal book where the foreshadowing sets up intense suspense. It’s based on superstitions I grew up with. I was reared on Southern superstitions and Bible verses, and I used those life experiences to create a romantic suspense.
It’s also been praised for the well-developed characters. Some people love Mrs. Myrtle. Readers love the love story between Andy and June and said the ending of the novel is very satisfying. There are reviews posted at Amazon.com.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Southern Superstitions getting out to the public?
BJR: I found an eBook publisher who was willing to look at my manuscript without an agent. Prior to eBooks, I didn’t submit it much because the publishers at the Christian traditional houses would only look at agented material. Thanks to eBooks, my work is published.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Southern Superstitions?
BJR: I spent eight or nine months writing the novel, which was developed from a first prize-winning short story I penned in college. It sat in a file cabinet and then in a computer file for years.
Later, I rewrote it and submitted it to Desert Breeze Publishing. They contracted it as an eBook, and I revised it during in-house edits. I deleted scenes and added new ones to create an entirely different book and ending.
JP: What’s next for B. J. Robinson?
BJR: I have another romantic suspense, Whispering Cypress, which releases August 15 by Desert Breeze Publishing, and I’m working on a YA novel that will release October 15 by Desert Breeze. Last Resort released July 15, 2011, my debut novel. I spent three years writing it.
Southern Superstitions by B. J. Robinson released January 15, 2012, from Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc., a sweet Christian romantic suspense novel set in Louisiana, developed from the author’s first prize-winning short story in fiction-writing competition at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1988.
Rod joined the search party to help investigate his dad’s disappearance. It’d disbanded at
nightfall and picked up the search again at daybreak, but they’d found no sign of his dad. Rod
guided a canoe deep into the marshes and swamps. He’d hunted with his father many times in
these wetlands so he knew where to check. No word or sign of his father made the cold,
Christmas season stab like an ice pick, and his heart ached for his mother, left alone.
He slid the canoe through a wall of cypress trees, deeper and deeper into the heart of the
swamp. He figured his father headed for the hills. White cranes flew from the cypress limbs. The
canoe hit a cypress knee, and Rod gently eased it around a few more. The way they stuck out of
the shallow water, like protruding nubs, they reminded him of his grandmother’s warning finger
wagging in his face. They could tear a hole in the bottom of a boat. Thank God my boat survived
the lick. Maybe that’s what happened to Dad.
Finally, after twelve hours of searching, Rod spotted his dad’s pirogue on the side of the
hill, where they’d hunted the previous year. He tied his canoe to a tree limb. “Dad!” He raced to
the dome tent and unzipped the door. “Dad?” The tent looked as if his dad made camp, but hadn’t
yet used it. The sleeping bag was still rolled up in a corner. The butt of his dad’s 30-30 stuck out
from under a sleeping bag. The supplies were still there. Outside, there was no sign of a
campfire. It looked as though he never got to hunt. There was no sign of him. Where was he?
Rod picked up the rifle and carried it back to his canoe. He left the other items in case his
dad returned looking for them.
They searched until dark. Rod dreaded giving his mother the disappointing news. She’d
worry even more, because the pirogue was in perfect condition and so was the tent. No leaking
pirogue kept him from coming home. The campsite looked peaceful and serene, not like anything
bad had happened, but still there was no sign of his father.
Mom’s on pins and needles, yet she clings to her faith and trust in God. I hear her
faithfully pray for Dad’s safe return. Maybe she won’t fall apart when she hears the news but oh,
how I dread having to tell her.
B. J. Robinson is a multi-published, award-winning author of two Christian romantic suspense novels, Southern Superstitions and Last Resort. She makes her home in Florida with her husband and pets, blessed with children, grandchildren, and faith. She’s an avid reader and passionate writer. Visit her at http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com. Visit her author page at http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-template/BJRobinson/Page.bok.