Robyn Locksley is the author behind The Ocean in a Thunderstorm, 2020 NYC Book Award winner The Scent of Rain, and the widely-acclaimed supernatural series, Sanguine. Locksley can often be found at home, curled up with a bottle of red wine and her notebooks listening to Taylor Swift.
Locksley is currently working on the third book of The Magnolia Series, titled The Trouble with Sunshine, as well as a new original series.
Reading has always captivated me. It's almost magical in the sense that it can take you to other times and places. I started writing short stories as early as elementary school. In junior high, I won awards and even trophies for some of my stories and essays, including a perfect score of a 6.0 on my FCAT writing test. In high school, the stories I wrote progressed and at the encouragement of my sophomore English teacher, I entered some of them into junior writing competitions.
After graduating, life took over - as it does for so many of us - and my writing took a backseat. I fell in love a couple times, moved, then moved back, and got married. I had two wonderful kids, but at fifteen months apart I certainly had my hands full.
In 2011, I started working nights six days a week doing home health. The work was easy however the biggest struggle was simply staying awake. I was huge into fan fiction at the time, and I decided to write my own. What I anticipated to be 10k words maximum turned into 120k words very easily. My work was updated weekly and posted on a fan fiction forum at the time, and I gained readers and followers worldwide.
After moving, I could no longer find the surplus of time that would allow me to write so prolifically. So once again in my life, writing would take a backseat.
In 2017, I found out about Amazon's Kindle Worlds platform and immediately published my story Salvation. It did very well, but what I enjoyed most was the interaction from the readers. The following year, Amazon dismantled the Kindle Worlds platform.
With renewed interest in my writing, I began working on a supernatural series in early 2020. I was making decent progress and then along came coronavirus. One day during quarantine, I came across a long-lost typed story that had not seen the light of day in many years. Admittedly, it was in the roughest form of a rough draft possible - but it still managed to stir so many emotions.
I knew in that moment the story was meant for greater things than to sit on the top shelf of a spare room closet. And within two months, The Ocean in a Thunderstorm was published.
My hope is that you will come to know my characters as I have, and feel emotions both for them and with them. If I manage that, then I have surely succeeded!
I genuinely welcome and appreciate all questions, comments, and reviews. I have always been inspired by other authors who actively engage with their readers, and I strive to do the same. If you have a comment or suggestion, or if you simply just want to say hi, I encourage you to do so :)
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