A Day in the Life of author Robin Johns Grant

Have you ever wondered what an author’s daily life might be like? In my new series of “In the life of author…” you get to meet some real authors and get a taste of what their typical or non-typical days might look like.

To kick off the series, here is Robin! She has a new book out, too–Jordan’s Shadow–and you can get info on it below.


Robin Johns Grant

I published my first novel, Summer’s Winter, about 13 months ago. My second, Jordan’s Shadow, was just released.

What is a typical day like for me, now that I’m the author of two books?

Answer: total chaos!

I would love to report a writerly routine in which I get up, have coffee, move to my lovely writing desk overlooking the garden—no wait! the ocean—and quietly and calmly write for several hours until my word count is done. But that is sadly not the case.

Even sadder, I have to confess that since I published, I’ve actually done very little writing. As an indie author, life seems to revolve around the nuts and bolts of publishing and marketing. A typical one of those days?

In the morning, I go to my full-time job as a college librarian, around 8:30, and I’ll be there until 6. As a librarian, I spend the day helping students and faculty with their research, teaching classes, trying out and ordering new library resources, and staffing the reference desk.

During my work day, I will grab some time at lunch and/or if I’m staffing the reference desk to post book-related stuff on Facebook or Twitter, post in writer and reader groups online, write a blog post, update my website, things like that.

One thing I really like about my job is that I constantly interact with college students, and my books so far have been about college or high school students. They think it’s really cool that I’m a writer, and I’ve had book launch parties, spoken to creative writing classes, spoken to club meetings, all sorts of things. Several of the students served as Beta readers for Jordan’s Shadow and feel like a part of it—and I’ve been able to place my Christian-themed books in the hands of a lot of young people who would never get that message anywhere else.

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When I get off work at 6:00, I normally go out to my mother’s house. She’s 95 years old and my sister lives with her, but Sis works in the evening and we don’t like to leave Mother alone too long, even though she’s still pretty spry. I do some chores for Mom and maybe grab another hour or so to interact with readers, or prepare for a writers’ speaking engagement, or finish that blog post, or write a Goodreads ad or Facebook ad.

I get home around 9:30 and attempt to be coherent enough to at least speak to my husband for a few minutes. Usually by this point I’m exhausted and don’t want anything to do with writing and publishing. Although I try to review books to help other authors, so I might spend a little time reading one of those books.

This is pretty much how every day goes except Friday, when I get off work at noon and sometimes have a block of several hours for writing and marketing.

I’m learning that marketing and promotion can consume and obsess you if you let it, and I can’t picture marketing AND writing AND all the other obligations of life at once. I’m planning to do a lot of promotion of Jordan’s Shadow until June, and then maybe cut that back to almost zero and work on writing the sequel to Summer’s Winter. Even though I’ll still have to grab a half hour here and there for the most part, just concentrating on writing for a change sounds so relaxing!

About Robin

Robin Johns Grant published her first novel, Summer’s Winter, in 2014, and her second suspense novel, Jordan’s Shadow, has just been released. Summer’s Winter won a bronze medal in the Romance – Suspense category of the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, and Robin was named 2014 Author of the Year by the Georgia Association of College Stores.

Family and friends are happy that Robin’s imagination is finally paying off. She’s always had way too much of it. She started making up stories before she could write them down (dictating them to her mother) and always had her head in the clouds. She was obsessed with books and movies like Harry Potter and Star Wars and did a lot of crazy fan stuff, which helped her dream up Jeanine and Jamie’s story for Summer’s Winter. It’s a romantic suspense novel, but as John Granger (author of The Deathly Hallows Lectures) said, it’s also “a romance-thriller about fandoms…and explores the important intersection of literature, spirituality, and imagination.”

As a Christian, Robin can’t help but explore spirituality in her writing, but wants to do so in a way that reflects the awe and wonder of God and eternity.

With a degree in English, several non-fulfilling jobs under her belt, and a mid-life crisis coming on, Robin returned to school and earned a master’s degree in library and information science. She now has her best day job ever as a college librarian, which keeps her young by allowing her to hang out with students.

With her wonderful husband Dave and formerly feral felines Mini Pearl and Luna, Robin lives in Georgia.  She is also surprised to find herself part owner of a pit bull named Pete, who showed up as a starving stray puppy at her mother’s house.

About Jordan’s Shadow

Robin Johns Grant


The Crosby family has a frightening problem. Is it psychological? Supernatural? Or something entirely unexpected?

In 1984, seventeen-year-old Rose and her fiancé discover an injured girl with no memory. The girl, Jordan, is in Rose’s life for a brief time but leaves her world shattered.

Twenty-five years later, Rose Crosby’s daughter Ginny can’t understand why her relationship with her mother has fallen apart. Ginny could swear that Rose is terrified of her lately.

Then one awful day, Ginny overhears Rose confessing that she truly is terrified of Ginny—because to her, every day Ginny grows more and more and more like Jordan, the girl who’s been dead many years. In fact, she swears that somehow, Ginny is turning into Jordan.

Is Ginny’s mom insane? Is there a ghost in their house, threatening to possess Ginny? Or is the demon in Rose’s past, forcing her to confront what happened on that horrible day in 1984 when Jordan was killed?

As a new girl in a small town, Ginny doesn’t have much of a support system. Her old girlfriends from Atlanta have drifted away, and the only friends she’s made are, strangely enough, guys. Alec Matthews is gorgeous, but is he really interested in Ginny’s well-being? And then there’s Max Ferguson, the recently-born-again science nerd. He’s definitely on Ginny’s side, but is he a little too strange?

Strengthened by a deepening relationship with one of these two, Ginny undertakes a mind-bending journey of discovery—discovery about faith, eternity, and love beyond the boundaries of space and time. She will put to rest a mystery that has haunted her family for two generations—if she can survive.

Keep up with Robin at these sites:

Amazon (read about and purchase her books): http://amazon.com/author/robinjohnsgrant

Website and blog:  http://robinjohnsgrant.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/robinjohnsgrantauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robinjohnsgrant

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Multiple award-winning author and copywriter. Children young adult fiction best sellers.


  • Lorilyn Roberts

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    Thanks for sharing, Emma and Robin. Great insights into the life of an author. As I type this comment at 3:21 a.m. in the morning, I think maybe I should share my insane life also — but it’s reassuring to know most writers are probably a little bit odd. We live in other worlds and we will do whatever we can to get even a few words on the page each day.

    Marketing is the hardest part, but somehow, God opens those doors. What a blessing to see young adults have an opportunity to read your books. That makes it all worthwhile. I’ve already loaded your book on my Kindle. Once I finish my first draft of what I’m writing now, I’ll read it, as well as Emma’s book, “Gone Missing.” I can’t wait to read both.

  • Alice Wisler

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    How fun to get to know you better, Robin! True, the marketing of a book does interfere with the writing time. Thanks for sharing how you handle it all.

  • Janis Cox

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    What a lovely look into your life as an author. I know exactly what you mean about marketing can consume you. Your book sounds fascinating. I loved Summers Winter so can’t wait to read this one.

  • Carole Brown

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    Tweeted, shared, googled! Great post, Robin. And I agree, marketing takes up a lot of time. I don’t have to work full time now, and marvel at those who do AND write, or those like Emma with children still at home. Wishing you the best on your book sales!

  • Lisa Lickel

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    Wow, Robin – It’s hard to imagine writing such lovely books with that kind of schedule. So proud of you!

  • Robin Johns Grant

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    Thanks, Carole, for all your help and support! And thanks, Emma, for having me and allowing me to kick off this great series!

  • Sherry Carter

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    I’m with Carole! I admire you for being able to meet work and family responsibilities and still find time to write. I’m at home full time now but I spend too much of my time distracted rather than writing. Unfortunately, I can’t say I spend my time cleaning house 🙁 Your story inspires me!

  • emmaright

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    I’d hoped that this new series would serve five purposes:
    1. Encourage us authors as we how other writers “just do it” amidst their busyness–yes! it can be done!
    2. Help us to get to know each other as we see a slice of life of a fellow author.
    3. Help promote your latest (or not-so-latest book)
    4.Let other non-writers or wanna-be authors (even students) see what it takes to write a book–yes! it’s hard work and juggling many things–it’s not the faint of heart.
    5. Since writing is an “alone” task sharing your slice of life gives you a connection with others (like myself, too!) in the same author boat.
    So glad this new series is a blessing, and if you want to share your slice of life please contact me.

  • Robin Johns Grant

    Reply Reply March 4, 2015

    Thanks to everyone for visiting, and for your kind words! I’ve discovered I tend to get less done if I have LOTS of free time. I need some deadlines and momentum. But right now is a bit too much for me sometimes, mainly if I think of what all there is to do. If I just concentrate on what I need to do today, it seems to work out.

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