Susan Kaye Quinn!
Welcome Susan! To start, please tell us how and why you came to use the name Kay(e)!
Kaye is my mother’s middle name, as well as my middle name. My mom has always been my biggest fan, so when I had to pick an author name, it just seemed right to use our name!
Okay, please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I write books for kids and teens. I keep wandering all over the place – a contemporary romance here, a science fiction novel there, a little paranormal, now fantasy. I love amazing settings and characters that have to make wrenching personal decisions that (hopefully) make my readers think, Holy cats, what will they do now?
Holy cats! LOL! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My first novel was published last year (Life, Liberty, and Pursuit (Omnific) a teen love story). It’s a story about a college-bound girl who falls in a pool, the navy recruit who saves her, and their struggle to choose between following their dreams and daring to love. For anyone planning ahead for summer, the cruise ship setting, boot camp, and summer-of-love drama makes it a nice beach read. It also has good messages for girls about making choices in life and love.
Awesome! One for your summer TBR pile for sure, people! What are you working on right now?
I just started a new book, The Sekrit Middle Grade Fantasy project (yeah, doesn’t have a name yet). I’m also getting ready to query my young adult paranormal novel Open Minds, so I’m equally pumped and freaked out about that.
Ooh, good luck! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
Well, that first one wasn’t really a book, so we’ll just ignore that. The second one was Life, Liberty, and Pursuit.
Well congrats on getting your first true book published—that’s quite an accomplishment! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
All writing is hard, if you do it right.
Easiest is probably intricate descriptions of advanced technology that has only been invented in my head. Hardest is evocative stage directions, she sighed, shaking her head and wishing she had better ways to describe her character’s facial expressions than eye rolls and head movements.
That’s so true, Laura thought as she nodded her head. Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
Little bits of my life get woven into all my stories, but I never write about people I know (even in disguise!). Although I did borrow my husband’s grandmother’s birthday for one story tidbit, and my Dad was a lifelong civilian employee of the Navy and helped me with Navy slang for Life, Liberty, and Pursuit. So far, I’ve set two stories in Chicago (where I live), but the next one is going to another dimension, so no luck there (oops! That’s sekrit).
Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
As I mentioned, I like my readers to think. For the teens, they are exploring who they are and where they fit in the world, and my stories tackle those issues head on. For the kids, the world itself is an adventure that needs exploring, where they discover a lot about how things really work and a bit about themselves along the way. My kid stories are very adventure-focused, but with moral themes about the meaning of family woven into them.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m a rocket scientist? That I just started writing fiction a couple years ago? It surprises me every day how much I enjoy this late-in-life love of writing and how it took hold of me with startling passion and refuses to let go. My three boys love that I write stories now, although they wish I wrote less love stories and more where things blow up.
Maybe combine the two! LOL Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?
Hunger Games? Not exactly a romance, but the love story in those books is captivating (Team Peeta!).
Oh, geez, just read this and am a true believer!! Of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite and why?
What? That is like picking amongst my children. If I must make that Sophie’s choice, I would have to say Simon, the bad-boy character from my paranormal novel Open Minds. He operates outside-the-rules in a world stacked against him, making all the wrong choices and getting away with it…until he doesn’t. It must be the whole tortured-boy character thing that I like.
Ooh, can’t wait to meet him! Okay, then, some get-to-know-you essentials:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? If I was Simon, I would take the dark and then steal the milk chocolate when you’re not looking.
Salty or sweet? I’m usually very sweet, thank you for asking.
Bed or kitchen table? We’re talking about reading, right? I’ll do that anywhere. J
Beach or mountains? I was born a California Beach Bunny, but converted to Mountain Girl when we lived in Colorado.
Give or receive? Always give. I have too much stuff as it is.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTICIPATING! Folks, say hi to Susan and ask her any questions!
Where can we find you on the web?
- Website: www.susankayequinn.com | Book Website: www.LifeLibertyandPursuit.com
- Blog: www.ink-spells.blogspot.com
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Author-Susan-Kaye-Quinn/100000967888635
- Twitter: @susankayequinn
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4094557.Susan_Kaye_Quinn
- Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Kaye-Quinn/e/B003TTJRXU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
- Publisher’s Author Page: http://omnificpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=23