Erika Robuck (October 17, 2013)

Author Erika Robuck, author of "Receive Me Falling," "Hemingway's Girl" and most recently "Call Me Zelda," will speak at the Abingdon library at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Growing up in historic Annapolis, Robuck was surrounded by history. Her first novel, "Receive Me Falling," set in the Caribbean, focuses on a woman exploring her family's past. Unable to find an interested agent, Robuck self-published this novel and did her own promotion. With her second novel, "Hemingway's Girls," she attended a pitch-fest at a writer's conference and after three short minutes of "selling" her story to six agents in hopes of finding representation, she received six offers. Her third historical novel, "Call Me Zelda," was published in the spring.

While attending college, Robuck was exposed to Hemingway's work which sparked her interest in the complicated personality of the writer, and in other writers with demons. Robuck now writes novels about writers – how they work, how their personal character shapes their "art" and how they use the people in their lives for their work. Intense research, including reading through personal letters and diaries, form the basis for her fictional personas of actual people. Her inspiration for the stories often comes from her travels to the historical places the famous authors lived, worked and played.

The library is also hosting a book discussion of "Hemingway's Girl" at the Joppa library Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.