Michelle Quinn

HarleyMichelle ‘s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary.  However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people.  Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After.  Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance.

An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels.  She once had triple crème Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain.

Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters.  She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids.

 

1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I’ve been writing for years, but have never been able to complete a story.  Then I went on a writing hiatus when my son was born.  Fast forward to nine years later while I was pregnant with my daughter, and after reading Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Series, I began writing again.  It’s easy to say that I was inspired by these two women, and I have found my love for writing once again.

2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
I wish there’s some kind of structure in my writing times.  I do try and write every day, but if I don’t get that chance, I don’t punish myself for it.  Most of my writing happens when my kids are asleep and the whole house has quietly settled.  That’s when I find myself able to concentrate and be with my characters. 

3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Yes, I do.  The most effective way I have found to combat Writer’s Block is to read.  I read mostly romance novels and mysteries.  Reading other authors offers a kind of brainstorming in my head.  I often find myself asking “Why?” and “What if?” while I’m reading, then the answers lead me to ask the same in my own stories. 

4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story?
I am both, but I am a panster first.  Mid-way through my WiP, I start plotting to make sure that the story has a clear ending and that I don’t have plot holes.

5.Are you traditionally or self-published?I am traditionally published with Limitless Publishing.  However, one of my goals is to self-publish a couple of stories this year. 

6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?
I think I was one of the lucky ones.  First off, I never thought of even getting published.  It wasn’t a dream until I was there, signing a contract.  I’ve only started sending queries mid-2015.  At the end of last summer, I joined a Twitter Pitch event on a whim, and my pitch was selected by two publishing companies.  After researching both (highly recommended), I responded to one, Limitless Publishing.  I followed their submission guidelines (also a must), and a few days later, they asked for my full MS (another tip: make sure your MS is polished before you query it).  A few weeks after that, I found myself signing with LP. To any aspiring authors: do not give up.  We’ve all heard of bestselling authors getting tons of rejections.  They didn’t give up, and neither should you. 

7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
Well, I’m still fairly new in the game, but I do love getting those five-star reviews! 

8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Harley” is book one of the West Coast Rock Star Series.  It’s more than just a Contemporary romance with a rock star, although many are swayed by it.  Jax Clark, hot, sexy, famous rocker, hires a bodyguard to watch over his eight-year-old daughter, Harley.  Enter Cadence Williams, a female bodyguard who doesn’t take sh*t from anyone, including her heartthrob boss, Jax.  There is instant attraction between Jax and Cade, but more importantly, there is an immediate connection between a wallflower, Harley, and her new bodyguard.  What comes is an emotional story of finding friendship, love and a feeling of belonging. 

9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)Start now.  While you’re writing your story, start building an online presence, figure out which audience you’d like to target, and learn from the masters. 

10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?It depends on the book.  The shortest I’ve ever worked on a story is ten days.  It needs major edit and revisions, but it’s done.

11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. I love my book cover, but the accolades belong to the designer.  She did an excellent job with it.   

12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?Spare time?  I’ve heard of that…apart from writing, I read, I do yoga, and come spring, I will start running again.  I also plan events on the side.  And I am always, always checking out new restaurants in my area.

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