Featured Authors Talk About It
ATAI: Tell us a little about you.
Devyn Quinn: I was born. I grew up. In between, I drank a lot of wine. No, seriously. I’m just a regular person with all the trappings of a regular life. I have a job, an elderly parent to care for and 34 ferrets in my ferret rescue. In between taking care of that, I occasionally try and write a book. Sometimes, I succeed. Unfortunately, in 2012 I had to take time out of my writing career to help care for a dying relative. That put a strain on my creativity, and I have found getting back into the groove of a writer’s life to be a challenge. I am just now coming back into the fold, and reconnecting with the things that had to lapse for so many years.
ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Devyn Quinn: Off and on for almost 30 years. In that time, I’ve written for Kensington’s Aphrodisia Adult imprint and NAL/Signet Eclipse imprint. I have also written for independent presses, which I am presently doing now. My hope is to find a new agent and begin submitting to the legacy New York publishers again. So if you are an agent looking for a client, drop me a line!
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Devyn Quinn: Rise of the Beast is the 4th book in my Keepers of Eternity series. It’s a dark southern gothic, with a hero who has a lot of secrets to hide. Well, you must be discrete when you’re a god in exile. Sometimes heroes wear black and smoke clove cigarettes. What can I say? Morgan Saint-Evanston is different, to say the least.
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Devyn Quinn: Creating and destroying new worlds. And making characters miserable. In my books, nothing is easy and the people in my stratosphere struggle with the same things most people do in real life: mental illness, abuse, fear, etc… Only they get the happy ending.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Devyn Quinn: Juggling my hectic schedule. I have so much to do that finding to time to concentrate on imaginary persons sometimes stretches me thin and things just don’t get done when they should. I am trying to get better at it, but I sure could use a few clones.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Devyn Quinn: Anywhere. A line in a song, a scene in a movie, even something I see in real life. Suddenly, I will have a notion or idea, and then I will figure out a way to turn it into a book. It doesn’t always work, but it gets me going in the right direction.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Devyn Quinn: Sit. Think. Write. Hardest part is keeping butt in chair and fingers on keyboard.
ATAI: You write fiction and non-fiction, so this is a two-part question. Do your characters ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own? With non-fiction, has your message ever seemed to take over and go in a direction you didn’t expect?
Devyn Quinn: Yes, my characters have their own personality and identities. In fact, my editors and I often discuss them like they are real people, and have long conversations about motivations, actions and how such and such would go about solving an issue or dealing with a problem. You might say a few of them are alter-egos, as I would love to get away with some of the things they do in books. They can say and do things I can only dream of, LOL.
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Devyn Quinn: I hate starting a book. And I hate finishing one. In between I am fine. But when I am living and thinking for imaginary people, I am in a totally different zone. My mind isn’t my own, and the stage inside is very crowded. As for favorite parts, I love it when Morgan Saint-Evanston (Eternity series) is being a jerk. Some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth stuns even me sometimes. It is like he has a life all his own (on paper).
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Devyn Quinn: I have a contract offer to expand my Romantic Times award winning book, Possession, into a series. I also have an offer to add more new books to a Native American cougar shifter series I began at Kensington, but unfortunately didn’t get to finish. That’s a total of 4 new books right there, along with a couple new series I have sent proposals out on to New York Publishers. I also have something brewing!
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
ATAI: Thank you for sharing with us and our audience.
Devyn Quinn: Thank you for taking the time to interview me. It was a pleasure. Readers, be sure and visit my website and sign up for monthly my newsletter—get yourselves a FREE book, too! 😊
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