Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ten facts about … Fiona Quinn

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been a storyteller. The idea of writing is part of my DNA. I spent my young adulthood traveling the world and experiencing adventures – some happy, some uncomfortable, and some downright terrifying. I learned to belly dance on the roof of a bar in Turkey. I rode a camel across the Sahara. I kissed an American soldier after crossing back through Checkpoint Charlie after spending time in the Communist Block. I was kidnapped in Egypt by my taxi driver. And while all of these adventures unfolded I thought, remember this for your books.

How long does it take you to write a book?
When I write – the story is actually in my head beginning, middle and end. If life is not distracting me, I can hammer out a first draft in about three months. And then, I let it marinate for a month, so the flavors blend. When I go back, I want to taste my story with a clean palate. That’s when the real work begins.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I write always. I get up in the morning and do writerly things before my morning chores and kids – things such as platform building, blog writing, and research. I unschool my children during the day and transport them to all of their activities – I’m on the lookout for interesting characters, snippets of conversation, and plotting points that will feed my work. Every free moment I’m at the computer. For me it’s not a section of time that I sit down – writing is woven throughout my waking (and sometimes dreaming) hours. I do like to find at least a few hours of quite to just go into the fictional world and play.

How many crime novels have you written?
I have written numerous short stories, four novels, some non-fiction, and a novella. I do ghost writing and editing, as well.

Which is your favourite and why?
All of my stories are my babies. I enjoy them all for different reasons. They each have a unique voice and life to lead.

Where do you get your ideas?
I get my ideas mostly from reading and doing. I like to try new things and then I think, how could this work in a story line? When I read, much of what I read is non-fiction. Right now I’m reading a search and rescue manual about the application of statistics to the behaviors of different ages/competencies/professions if they were lost. So I’m sure someone is going to be lost soon in something I write.   Who is your favourite character from your own work and why? 
My favorite character is Lexi Sobado. Lexi grew up unschooled – unschooling is like homeschooling on steroids where everything and everybody is an opportunity to learn. Now as an adult, Lexi needs to use her myriad accomplishments to save her life and capture the bad guys. I used my oldest daughter as her character template. Both my daughter and Lexi are bright, kind, and very capable. The departure from reality comes in the strange circumstances that Lexi finds herself.

Which character from the work of others do you wish you’d invented
Mr. Darcy – I would love to create a character who touched the lives of women for over two hundred years.

If you could have been someone from history involved in crime (good or bad) who would that be and why?
If I could be anyone in history involved in a crime I think I would like to be one of the resistance fighters in World War II

What are you working on now?
I have a novel coming out at the end of October called Chaos Is Come Again, which I co-wrote with author John Dolan. Chaos is Come Again is a psychological suspense, a mystery, and a love story, packed with gallows humor, and viewed through the lens of obsession. You’ve probably never read anything like it.

I’m also part of a project called Unlucky Seven. New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Diana Capri, Jamie Lee Scott, and Tawny Stokes are joined by authors Hildie McQueen, Chief Scott Silverii, PhD, Teresa Massey Watson and me on a collection of small town murder mystery novellas. The collection is due out in November.

And as always, I write the blog ThrillWriting which is a writer’s resource blog, which is my gift to my fellow writers.

Canadian born, Fiona Quinn is now rooted in the Old Dominion outside of D.C. with her husband and four children. There, she unschools, pops chocolates, devours books, and taps continuously on her laptop.

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1 comment:

Fiona Quinn said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I had a lovely time.