Hot Seat: Featuring Robin Bielman

Good morning. Welcome to Hot Seat. I hope you’ve polished up your questions for debut author, Robin Bielman, (rubbing hands together with glee.)

Robin, who is both a romance and young adult author, has the honor of being seated in my Hot Seat. She is a fellow LARA member, which is the Los Angeles chapter of RWA®, and is one of the sweetest people I know. Probably all of those cupcakes she eats. *cough cough* I had to remember not to go to her blog when I was on a diet…those cupcakes. Oy!

Robin’s novella, Worth the Risk, will be released at the end of the month from Entangled Publishing. She’s over the moon excited about sharing her story with readers and still keeps pinching herself to be sure she’s not dreaming. And did I mention Robin is giving away a digital copy of the book to one lucky commenter? I didn’t? Well, she is.

Here is the blurb of her novella, Worth the Risk: 

Five years ago, Dean Malloy broke Samantha Bennett’s heart, and she promised herself she’d hate him forever. Now they’re face to face again, vying for the same lucrative job. A job Samantha desperately needs in order to prove herself to her father. But as the competition heats up, so do the pesky feelings of desire and passion that won’t leave Samantha alone.

Dean makes no secret of wanting Samantha, too, and he offers a tempting invitation: to rekindle things for one weekend. The job means everything to him, yet he can’t ignore the unresolved feelings he has for Samantha. With a once in a lifetime business opportunity up for grabs, they both know they should avoid personal entanglements at all costs. But will saying good-bye for the second time be possible, when refusing their feelings is out of the question?

Robin’s website log line is: Live to love…love to write. I think that epitomizes who she is, and I’m really looking forward to reading Worth the Risk. Aren’t you? So go ahead my dear readers, ask our Robin anything you want. Ask about her publisher, her writing life, signing a contract, if she works with a critique partner, or if she’s a tiny bit excited about the release of her novella. Or, I dare you…ask how many cupcakes she eats in one week.

                            Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much Mountain Dew, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers. You can find her online at and on Facebook and Twitter.


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45 Responses to Hot Seat: Featuring Robin Bielman

  1. Hi Robin! I have a few 🙂

    –WORTH THE RISK sounds great! What came first, character or plot idea? When you sat down to write “Chapter One” was it all plotted out, or did you pants it?

    –Did your characters surprise you in this book, and can you tell us how so, if so? 🙂

    — I see you write both romance and young adult (so do I). Do you ever find it a struggle when switching between the two to find the write voice? Which did you write first, romance or YA?

    –I see you married your high school sweetheart–how do you think that plays into your love of YA?

    Congrats on the upcoming release, can’t wait to read it <3

  2. Hi Roben! Thanks so much for having me in your Hot Seat this week. It’s an honor to be here! (And pretty comfortable, too.) 🙂

  3. Hi Robin — What a great story you’ve written!! And I love the Title!!
    What’s your inspiration for this story? What other types of stories do you love to write and read? How did you hear about Entangled Publishing? Since this is your first book, how did you like working with an editor? What have you learned from the process?

    Looking forward to your book release!! Can’t wait!!!

  4. Robena Grant says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Worth the Risk. Congrats! again, on your debut novel. I know how excited you must be.

    Question: how long have you been writing? How many manuscripts have you completed?

  5. Maggie Marr says:

    Hi Robin
    First, CONGRATULATIONS on the book!!! How exciting! I have two questions; first how do you like working with Entangled–I’ve heard great things about this newbie publishing house.

    Second–(and this is my favorite question) what is your writing day like?

    Thank you for the blog!

  6. Robena Grant says:

    Maggie, thanks for coming over. And congrats! to you too on your new release. : )

    Great questions everyone. Keep them coming. I have to take the car in for service and you might end up in moderation jail. Just choose a corner, do not engage with your cellmates and wait for me to release you. : )

  7. Hi The Robin/Robens!
    I love your book blurb. 🙂
    My question is about your YA writing. What is your take on the level of sensuality for these books? Do you fade to black? Have the character live out consequences? I’ve heard some YA is very frank. The old mother in me worries about this. (yes, I know – some would say grandmother! LOL)

  8. Hey Robin, congrats again on your debut with Entangled! Looking forward to picking up the book.

  9. Anne Kemp says:

    Hi Robin!

    As someone who is always looking for new ways to make it all work – writing, a life, work, etc – how do you do while also juggling roles of Mother and Wife as well? It’s quite impressive. And you write in tow genres? Do you ever have issues in changing hats or voice?

    XO – CONGRATS!!!


  10. Dee J. says:


    Congrats on the upcoming release! So thrilled for you. My question about Entangled was asked so I’ll wait to see your reply. Can’t wait to read WTR!

  11. Aubrie says:

    What are your favorite cupcakes?

    Mine are chocolate with double chocolate frosting!

    Congrats on your upcoming release. Sounds like a great read.

  12. Hi Robin! So excited to read your debut–it sounds fantastic! My question is, what are you working on now and what do you hope your second published book will be?

  13. Nina croft says:

    Hi Robin, huge congratulations on the novella – it sounds fantastic!

    So tell me – did you always want to be a writer or was it something that came to you later on?

    • Robena Grant says:

      Welcome, Nina. I see you’re also published with Entangled Publishing. (I know because I saw the blurb about you Italian hero and I have just finished a book with a hot Italian…or two.) Love that cover art work. Congratulations on your release. : )

  14. Nan says:

    Hi Robin, congratulations on your upcoming novella–that’s wonderful! Enjoy the Hot Seat, I can tell you from experience, it’s a fun place to be.

    My first question, Lynne already asked, but my second is about your publishing process. Do you have an agent or did you sell your manuscript to Entangled yourself? And I also want to know, as everyone else does, how you make the transition between Romance and YA–is it hard to stay in one genre while your mind is busy in the other or can you compartmentalize?

  15. Nan says:

    Oh, I forgot to say how much I like your website! Very, very classy! And, I love blonde jokes too–when people tell them around me and then look sheepish, I always say, “It’s okay, I’m not a blonde, I’m a brunette incognito.” 😉

  16. Lisa Kessler says:

    Hi Robin –

    Congrats on the new release!!! 🙂

    Are you still pinching yourself to be sure it’s real? LOL The blurb sounds fantastic!

    Lisa 🙂

  17. Hi Robin! (great name, hah!)

    I’m a music lover, so my question is . . . music on or off while you write?

  18. Robin – In your experience is it harder to get a novella published in a world of mostly novels?
    Sometimes I think my work might naturally stop at novellas but I futz with it until it’s a novel.

  19. Annie Seaton says:

    I love the sound of your book.. it is now in my TBR pile! One of my hardest tasks is coming up with names for the characters in my books and a title!
    Any tricks you can share?

  20. Maria says:

    Well, after reading all of the other questions, it feels pretty well covered. Cannot wait to read your responses. Thankfully that will happen very soon and hold me until your release date.

  21. Wow! I love your premise! So much fun!

    Here’s my question: What’s next for you? Do you have any other books planned?

  22. Beth says:

    Congratulations. It’s a wonderful accomplishment. I am so thrilled for you I’m without words! I do have questions-what was the cover artist’s motivation? Did you have any input? Can’t wait for the release date. Hooray!

  23. Okay, with characters named Samantha and Dean… I *have* to ask if you’re a fan of Supernatural! LOL

  24. Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in and say I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the comments and questions! Thank you! And oh my gosh am I going to be busy answering them all!

    Thanks, Roben! You’ve been the best hostess!