First, the basics, so you know I have some idea of what I’m talking about…
I published my first book myself when I was 21, and the funds it created helped put me through the second half of my college years. Then, Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc. (now HarperCollins) bought the expanded, second edition, and I was off and running. Today, after a long, wild, frustrating, disappointing, exciting, harrowing, wonderful (you get the idea) ride in the writing world, I am published in both fiction and non-fiction. My books are available in three languages and distributed in nine countries. I even had one of my novels as the book of the week on every street corner in Spain for a week one summer—hey, it’s some kind of claim to fame!
My background for Mayden.
I have traveled the globe to research and personally experience the mystical and magical traditions that have been found in virtually every culture in all eras of history.
In India, where I went to work on a film featuring His Holiness The Dalai Lama, I learned about the Tibetan Oracle—the one who decides the Dalai Lama really is the Dalai Lama. From there, it was on to Ireland (where my latest novel, Do-Overs, takes place—sorry, not published yet) to learn all about the 5,000 year old Celtic traditions of magic and mythology. In Ecuador, I met with traditional shamans from the jungle. I was later honored to speak to a group of shamans and indigenous leaders who had gathered from all over South America to share their wisdom and visions for the world. In Hawaii, I was introduced to the Huna traditions. This is where a very cool old mystical woman passed her “mantle” on to me just three weeks before she died. I had already been to about 20 countries in Europe, including Greece and Italy, in my 20′s. So I made sure to hit the books to bone up on the magic and mythologies of those cultures (resulting in my novel Venus For A Day). Of course, all of this would not be complete without traveling to the Navajo reservation in Arizona, where my novel A Hundred Ways To Sunday takes place.
No one tradition holds the “exclusive key” to magic, and it is amazing how many traditions overlap. The Mayden Chronicles will be a fictional mashup of all that I have learned.
As my writing grew…
I began to realize that we are all living out our own personal stories and mythologies (thank you Joseph Campbell), even in the modern day world. In short, we are the novel we’ve been waiting for! I also realized that many elements of what have called “magic” are now being explained—and proven—in hard core science. I began to apply these findings to the personal growth industry by creating workshops, articles, and an eZine that offered the simple truth that happiness comes though authenticity. You can learn more at my website www.BeWhoYouAre.com.
As my reputation for being a “down-to-earth mystic” grew, I began to mentor others. Today, I am a mentor to women leaders in a variety of fields, from politics and high fashion to peacemaking and green architecture. I’m honored to be a “thought leader” that other leaders use in their work to create a better world for all of us.
It’s been a wild ride…
And every day I wake up wondering not only what might possibly be next in the “Robin Rice” storyline, but how I might help YOU in yours.
To contact me, email RobinRice @ earthlink dot net (no spaces and use a real “.”) or call 443-458-5236.