First Novel Brings Author Success
Lori Robinett wrote what she knows about, and now her book is finally out there for the rest of the world to read.
"Not just me, but a lot of women end up starting over," she explained. "You may end up in a different career, a different location, going through a divorce, anything like that can mean starting over."
Robinett used her experiences about living on a small farm and working as a paralegal to come up with the plot for her book, "Denim and Diamonds."
"Changing your lifestyle completely, and that's what the character does. She's living as an accountant in Kansas City, and literally everything for her falls apart," Robinett explained. "She loses her job, her fiance is having an affair, her mother dies, her father dies and then she finds out that her father has left her a large bequest if she'll move to his ranch and run it for a year."
Robinett writes under the pen name, Elle Robb. She said her book was released in February and is already a success, selling out each shipment almost immediately.
"I'm excited for her," said friend Lynn Simmons. "She's really disciplined herself a lot and really chased a dream that I think a lot of people just didn't encourage her to chase, and I just think it's great."
Robinett wrote her book in just 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month. Her book won and, after delaying for a while, she finally decided to publish it.
"I wanted it to be inspiring to other people," she said.
It's the biggest inspiration for one of the smallest people Robinett knows.
"I pretty much want to be an author," said her daughter, Katelyn, who is already writing her own articles based on what she knows.
"My daughter is 10 and she's been pretty excited about mom getting a book published," added Robinett. "And she, of course, knows that I write a lot. And she puts up with having a laptop on my lap most evenings and mom's writing space, that sort of thing."