Robin’s folly Received a 4+ star review, making it an approved IndieReader title.
He then found an interview with writer Janice Cui.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
Robin’s folly. Published January 2021
What is the first line of the book?
Early morning rays illuminated the sky behind the mid-western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, emphasizing the jagged range as if cut from a heavy piece of paper by a childish hand.
What is the book about? Give us the “plot”.
After more than thirty years of marriage, Robin Larking finds herself alone in an unexpected and tragic way. She is angry at the loss of her husband; She is angry to grow old; She’s afraid of bears. And yet, she has always found peace in the mountains, so she makes an unplanned trip to the Sierra Nevadas. When she goes down on her own for a hike, she loses her balance, injures herself and gets lost. Forced to survive on her own in the forest, Robin is drawn in an irresistible way to a magical clearing. What she will discover there will challenge her perspective on life and what she will see the next time she looks in the mirror.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? Event?
I was inspired both by our cultural obsession to put youth on priority, and by a beloved childhood fairy tale. I wondered, what would happen if someone magically got something he thought he most wanted – a young look? Will it make her happy, despite the loss of her beloved husband, and even if she does not fully understand how it happened?
What is the main reason someone really needs to read this book?
Robin’s folly Is an amusing look at how we can fall into the trap of prioritizing a young show above all else, and why we are so desperate to stay young. It asks the question of whether one can be satisfied even in the midst of ups and downs in life, and encourages the reader to think from where he draws satisfaction.
What is the most special thing about the main character? Who – real or fictional – would you say the character reminds you of?
Robin Larking is a woman who thrives on being in control, fully understanding the circumstances of her life. I would say that many of us can relate to the desire to feel in control or at least understand why certain things happen.
Is this the first book you wrote?
Robin’s folly Is my sixth novel.
What’s the best and hardest part about being an indie?
The best part about being a super indie is deciding what I want to write about, and how I do it. The only dates I have are mine. The hardest part is marketing my books, but I believe this is also true for traditionally published writers, who are not given much marketing help from their publishers.
Which writer, living or dead, do you admire the most?
I adore Delia Evans; She is the owner of Gila and she seems to be surprised to be grateful for her success. Also, we are both UC Davis graduates!
What book would you like you to be able to write?
Where the caravans sing.