Hey Jewel! Thanks for coming over!
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My books are for anyone who wants be somewhere they’ve never been. I love stories where I am taken somewhere I have always wondered about but have a low chance of actually seeing. In this case for example: back stage at a rock concert and on a tour bus.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The goal of my stories is always entertainment. If my story transports you our of your daily grind for even a little while then I consider my job done.
Describe the genre of this particular title. Is it the only genre you write in?
Contemporary Romances are usually set in the time they are written and reflect the world at that time. It’s kind of funny that this is the first book that came out as I actually consider myself to be a Fantasy/Paranormal author. The next two stories coming out are in each of these genres.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
The original title of the book was Patience. I had written the story for a contest being held by Boroughs Publishing where you had to use a song as your inspiration for the story and adopt the title of the song as the title of your story. My song was Patience by Guns N Roses. I didn’t win the contest or even place in it but I now had a completed novella that I loved so I re-titled it with something more marketable and submitted it to other publishers.
When did you start writing toward publication?
I will always consider this year the year that I finally took myself serious as a writer. Forty will always be remembered as a turning point in my life. It was the year I realized how much time I have left to live. So much time! I decided to finally pursue what I love.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series.
To figure out what a tour bus looks like on the inside and what my options were for its design I watched several episodes of Celebrity Motor Homes from HGTV.
Why have you become a published author?
It has always been my dream to write romance. My goal is to be able to write full time so that I am not tied to one spot. I want to be able to live and work anywhere in the world.
Do you have any rejection stories to share?
I have had two rejections so far in this industry. One agent I had pitched to sent me an email telling me she wasn’t in love with the story. Which is fine, not every story is everyone’s cup of tea. And, when it comes to agents I’d rather have one that loves my work. The other rejection was just a non-response. I had pitched to the editor and then followed up twice but never heard anything back. However, in my day job I meet rejection on a daily basis since I work in pharmaceutical sales, so I’m kind of used to it. I basically have found that if you just keep working on improving and looking for opportunities you will find your way.
What is your writing routine like?
Butt-in-chair time is critical and I can procrastinate just like anyone else. My goal is to write for at least an hour each day during the week and squeeze in more on the weekends. I keep a writing log to track myself for two reasons: 1. It makes me accountable. I can see if I am hitting my goals. 2. I am less hard on myself because I can see that I have been working consistently and moving forward.
What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
I am new to all this but I have what most authors have with regards to social media. I am just wrapping up a blog tour that I put together myself as an experiment. It was a bit of work and it would have been nice to have help but, no, I do it all myself. I plan to try different things at different times so I have a list of what I want to do after the blog tour is finished. I figure, if I just keep putting it out there, more people will see it. In the process I will also learn what works and what doesn’t.
Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I am a member of the Romance Writers Association. I belong to the national organization and also the local organization. Both have helped tremendously! They each have online classes every month to help improve your writing and the national website has great resources. When I was trying to figure out how to write blurb and synopsis I found great information there. The annual conferences are a goldmine of information as well!
Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
Keep asking yourself how you can make it better. Does your writing sound like your favourite author? Question your story. I do this a lot. Why would he/she do that? What makes them the way they are? Why would person A help person B? And so forth. And, above all, keep taking classes to improve your writing.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, do you have any tips on how to overcome it?
Unfortunately I have not suffered from this. What I do suffer from is an over-active imagination, lol. When you believe, as I do, that anything is possible it opens the infinite realm of possibility. Here’s one thing I once heard that might help your readers. Ask yourself this about your story: How can I make things worse? Then rub your hands together and chuckle evilly. You need to make it hard for your characters. Make them suffer! And then have fun bringing them together for the happy ending of course.
Do you have a critique partner? Can you tell us a bit about them?
I belong to a critique group actually. There are six of us total and we meet every few weeks. When we first started, all of us were unpublished newbies and I joked that it was the ‘blind leading the blind’. But, even though we were all inexperienced, it has been extremely helpful to have them review my work and visa versa. Each of them brings a unique perspective and will catch different things that makes my writing even better. Ours is a happy story. We all get a long well and take feedback with grace. We have been lucky.
Which famous person would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Will Smith. Check out some of his interviews online. He also believes in the limitless possibilities of life and he works hard to achieve them. I also love his light-hearted and humorous spirit. He just seems like someone I could really connect with as a friend.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Listen to yourself! Ignore all the stupid rules and thoughts that other people try to impose on you. It’s your life! Make it what you want.
Who or what inspires you?
I was kick-started when I met Author Nikki Prince. At one of our chapter meetings she was receiving and award for publishing her 13th story within the last year. 13 stories in a year! She also has children, a husband and a full-time job. She is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She patiently answered my questions when I went to meet her during the lunch break. Meeting her gave me hope that I could really do this. I got off the lazy-train that very day and I’m so glad I did!
Thanks so much, Jewel! You, like all the authors I have interviewed, are inspirational and your answers have made me smile.
Now, can you share two/three fun facts about yourself?
I bartend part-time and make an excellent Cosmo.
I study the German language.
I have been to 15 countries so far and plan on seeing more.
What’s next for you?
My next novella, Surrender Sweet Succubus, is coming out October 22nd as part of an anthology titled Sinsperationally Yours from Hot Ink Books.
After that I have a full-length novel titled Stealing Cupid’s Bow coming from Decadent Publishing.
Social media consultant, Eve Everett, is less than thrilled when her business partner hooks them up with a job covering celebrity rock band Arsenal. Their new lead singer, Devon Quinn, is the man who broke her heart five years ago. But there’s no way Eve can turn down the assignment. It’s the big break their fledgling company needs.
To boost Arsenal’s social media presence the band’s manager wants intimate coverage, especially of Devon, which means traveling with the band in their tour bus while they promote their new album. It’s not long before Devon tries to rehash the past but Eve would rather leave it buried where it is.
When Eve is asked to be part of a music video, she decides it’s a great opportunity to reap some revenge by showing Devon what he’s missing. But soon she’s the one losing control. Will Devon once again claim her heart as well as her body?
Excerpt “It’s good to see you again, Eve,” he said softly so the others wouldn’t pick up on it. He knew she wouldn’t want to hear it. It couldn’t be helped, but it just had to be said.
Her head snapped up, eyes wide.
“That’s what I wanted to say the other night, but you didn’t give me a chance.”
Her eyes narrowed. “I didn’t give you a chance? Then I’d say we’re even.”
“Look, Eve, things didn’t happen the way you’re thinking. It wasn’t like that.” He set the bottom of Tommy’s guitar on the floor, his hand on the neck, and leaned closer in to talk to her.
“The way I’m thinking?” she repeated. Standing up straight, she stuck one foot out to the side and said in a low hiss, “Look, Devon, the facts are the facts. You left and I never heard from you again. Not once. It has nothing to do with the way I’m thinking.”
He tensed. It was happening again. She was misunderstanding him. “No, look, that’s not what I mean, okay?”
“Oh, then what do you mean?” She cocked her head at him and waited.
“It’s…it was hard on the road, to keep in touch with anyone, for a lot of reasons. You don’t know what it was like. I mean we were bouncing around from place to place, driving for long periods of time and then having to work until really late at night. It was pretty much impossible to communicate. Besides, you had no answering machine back then, remember?”
She visibly puffed up. “I see, so it’s my fault you couldn’t communicate with me?”
“I’m not saying it was anyone’s fault, Eve. Just that there was no way to call.” He felt relieved. He had finally been able to tell her, to explain. Maybe now she would understand. Well, when she calmed down at least.
“And you couldn’t write a letter?” She spoke quietly but the words dripped acid.
She had him there. Even though she was several inches shorter he suddenly felt very small. He looked down and stuck a hand in his pocket, not knowing what to say. That was an even more complicated topic.
Her cold eyes were on him. The silence stretched on for another moment. Before he could gather any other words to try to explain she turned and headed back up front, her ponytail slapping him in the face as she went.
From a young age, Jewel Quinlan had an abundant imagination and strong desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as settings in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. She has a particular fondness for Bavaria and studies the German language as one of her hobbies. During the day, she works as a pharmaceutical sales representative and, at night, she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs; Shimmer and Penny.
For more information visit my website or you can follow me on Facebook (Author Jewel Quinlan) and Twitter (@JewelQuinlan).
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Good luck and most importantly, have fun!