PORTSMOUTH — Juanita Robinson has added a new dimension to her life. Robinson is now a self-published author of her new book entitled, ‘She’s Mine.”
Robinson, a Portsmouth native, said she has had a desire to write for many years, but after going into retirement, she decided to act upon the desire.
“The title is, ‘She’s Mine.’ I retired three years ago and started doing a lot of reading. I’ve always had a desire to write, but I never did anything about it. So, after I read approximately 250 books, I just got up one morning and told my husband, ‘I think I am going to try to write a book today,’” Robinson said.
She said her husband Danny Robinson responded in laughter, thinking that she could not accomplish the task.
“He just said, ‘You just go right on ahead,’ and a few months later I had one written,” she said. “This is just all very new to me. I had the desire to write when I was in high school, but I never did it, then later on got married, had children and raised a family. So this is a new, exciting journey for me.”
Robinson’s actual book-writing journey began March 2015.
“Last March 2015, I had an idea, just a little idea and I sat down on March 25 and began typing and by Sept. 5, I had it pretty much completed, but I let it sit for a couple of months and then I added two more chapters.”
After seeking out the necessary components for publishing a book, ‘She’s Mine,’ was published January, 28, 2016.
“Afterward, I got it edited and then I spoke with a person who would format the book and help me get the book published. By Jan. 28 of 2016, it was listed on Kindle,” she said. “I decided to go with the self-publishing method.
In addition to Amazon.com, social media is another method of sharing her new book.
“I have exposed my book on Facebook and I got a lot of people here locally to go ahead and purchase the book. I do have 18 five-star ratings, probably from the people here locally who read it and liked the book. I did notice that I do have a person from the United Kingdom that purchased it because Amazon is worldwide.”
Robinson’s fictitious book deals with a young woman in college in Columbus, Ohio.
“The book is about a woman named Annie, who earned a scholarship to a school of her choice and it was basically music that she wanted to go into,” she said. “I did make up a school and it takes place in Columbus, Ohio. The woman in the story is supposed to be from the Portsmouth area, but I really don’t get into that aspect of it too much.”
The character Annie meets a man who attempts to rape her.
“She goes to school and meets a guy, a fellow classmate who is seven years older than her. He wants to go with her, she does. The first date is good, the second date is not so good and he tries to rape her, but he is not successful. In the meantime, while she is in school someone is stalking her, and she doesn’t know who it is. Then Columbus has a serial rapists on their hands.”
Robinson said she purposefully does not go into in-depth discussion about rape, but does discuss some of the after affects of the heinous crime.
“Seven women are raped and one of them is murdered, and they all look like my main character Annie,” she said. “So she meets a guy and falls in love with him. He is more or less trying to protect her.”
Robinson said book signings for ‘She’s Mine’ are in the works, and will soon be announced.
The newly published author is already working on a sequel to ‘She’s Mine.’
“I did it basically to see if I could do it,” she said. “And now that I have done it, I really enjoyed it and I am currently writing a sequel to the book, and I am going to go ahead and do the self-publishing on the sequel as well.”
For more information, visit the She’s Mine Facebook page, or the Juanita Robinson Facebook page.
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