A couple of weeks ago I asked for your questions for Devyn Quinn and she has answered them…
From Cathy M.:
– What’s your favorite way to relax?
Answer: While I don’t own a television, I do own a DVD player and I love to rent movies and my favorite television shows when they come out. Waiting an entire season to see my favorite TV show like Lost or Dexter is hard, but when they come out I go and get them and spend the next few days just reveling in catching up.
– What kind of books do you read for pleasure?
Answer: I write fiction, so I don’t read a lot of it. I primarily read biographies and history and enjoy a wide variety of subjects. I just finished a biography on Diana Ross and am now reading one on the downfall of Elvis Presley. Next will be a bio of William S Paley, founder of CBS.
– What was your favorite book to write?
Answer: I have to admit that Sins of the Night was the fun one for me, as I got to cameo characters from the Eternity series. Since Morgan Saint-Evanston is so serious in his own series, I decided to let readers see another side of the character. It was a hoot to let him cut loose and pull the strings as he saw fit with Devon Carnavorn and Adrien Roth.
From Cheryl McInnis:
– What sort of materials do use for your research; websites, books, films etc… ? And do ever get any negative comments from family or friends due to the “alternative” sort of style of your books?
Answer: I use everything I can lay hands and eyes on. 🙂 The internet is a huge help in research, though I have to take what some websites post with a grain of salt for accuracy. I also use the library a lot and depend on my stack of books on various subjects to get me through in a pinch. Otherwise I just make it up, LOL.
As for the second part of your question, yes I do get negative comments from my family. They do not appreciate that I am a writer, and they especially do not appreciate that I am a writer of gothics or erotica, LOL. For the most part they ignore my career choice and wish I’d get a “real” job.
From Dawn Moentenich:
– How do you deal with distractions like the phone, kids, significant other? Do you find it easier to write some place other than home?
Answer: Some days I pull my hair out over taking care of the demands of a home, pets and parents who have health issues (no hubby or kids, thank goodness) along with the demands of a job. Most days I try to get everything settled before I sit down to write, and that means all the errands are run, the house is cleaned and the cats and ferrets and napping for the day. Then I can write. I usually write through the afternoon and into the evenings, and I’m planted in front of the computer until it feels like my butt has been welded to the chair.
– For a person who has never read one of your books, which book do you recommended they start with?
Answer: I would love to know your read them all and loved them, but for a beginner I’d recommend Flesh and the Devil. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m writing the sequel now, Man After Midnight.
– What/when was the turning point, when you KNEW you had to tell stories (even if no one read them)?
Answer: My turning point began at age 7 when I learned to read. Once I discovered those things on a page were words that I could read and that those words would take my all over the world and beyond, I was hooked on books. I have been a devoted reader since that time. My turning point of knowing that I had stories to tell began when my favorite soap opera character was killed off. I was about 13 and loved the character desperately. I began writing fan fiction to bring him back to life. That eventually evolved into wanting to write my own stories.
– If you had to pick a hero/heroine, who would it be – and why? And no smaltzy answers allowed *lol*
Answer: I must not have enough caffeine in me, as I’m not getting the gist of this question. If you will clarify in the comments section, I will try and answer it.
– If you could do ANYTHING in the world, other than write, what would it be and why?
Answer: I’d want to be a rock star or an actor. 🙂 Why? Who the heck doesn’t want to be rich and famous <G>
– What is the ONE thing in the world you hate to do? (ie. edit, clean the bathroom, buy groceries, etc.)
Answer: I hate to go to bed. There are days when I want the hours to keep on going, but I’ve run out of time and have to go to sleep. On the other hand, once I am snuggled down, I hate getting up! It’s so hard to drag myself out of bed after a night that’s stretched to dawn!
From Teresa W:
– Who is your favorite author and if you could meet them face to face for a sit down who would it be and what would you discuss?
Answer: I would give my right arm to get to sit down with Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) and discuss his life and his writing style. The man absolutely fascinates me!
– Do you have a favorite genre to write? Or a new one you would like to try?
Answer: My favorite genre is gothic, hands down. It’s a tried and true formula, but one I love dearly and wish would make a comeback on the marketplace. As for changing genres, I’m going to try what I have tagged “urban contemporaries”. Not sure why I call it that except it’s a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements.
– What inspired you to write your first book?
Answer: One day a character popped into my head and I could not get rid of him. Now when a manic depressive, alcoholic immortal Irish assassin with suicidal tendencies pops into your head, you’re thinking what can I possibly do with such an unappealing character? Unfortunately, Morgan Saint-Evanston insisted he had a story to tell and he wouldn’t go away. I had to write his story to shut him up, LOL.
– What was going through your head when you found out your book was going to be published?
Answer: I was delighted and cried like a baby.
– Which book is your favorite?
Answer: I have to admit that The Keeper of Eternity and The Price of Eternity are my favorites, probably because they are the first books I wrote and had published.
From Trina Pinksen:
First I would love to say thank-you for the free book Sins of the night that I won in the Kate Douglas contest.
Answer: You’re welcome
My question is, I like to write and have written a few short stories, I was just wonder what is the best way to go about making my short story into something more?
Answer: I think the first thing to ask yourself if you are willing to make the commitment of time and effort it takes to sit down and actually do the work. Writing is a lonely business and you’re going to have to spend a lot of time planted in front of the computer all by yourself, making your characters some to life as you expand their world. The time it takes to outline a plot, build a world, build personalities, etc…. is an incredible commitment for someone to make. It isn’t easy and it doesn’t always work out the way you want. Sometimes you have to write a story more than once to get it right. But if you’re willing to do the work, then you will make your short story into what you envision. Might take time, might take 100 versions, but you can do it.
From Cindi Hoppes:
– When did you become interested in reading and writing “dark gothic” literature?
Answer: I came out of the womb with dark and gothic tattooed on my forehead, LOL. I have always loved the gothic genre in films and books and my inborn interest in the occult and the paranormal naturally pushed me in that direction.
– What’s on your keeper shelf? And do you finish every book you start reading? If not, why do you set a book aside?
Answer: The books I have on my keeper shelf are very few, mostly because I don’t have a lot of room for storage. For those I MUST have, are hardcover, such as Norman Mailer’s Marilyn, a beautiful if inaccurate biography of Marilyn Monroe. The photos alone are worth having the book. Another is a Phantom of the Opera playbook, detailing the history of the Phantom of the Opera, along with the playbook of the famous Webber Broadway production. Several are hardcover travelogues of Ireland and Celtic history. I absolutely must have The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, the two Carl Kolchak books written by Jeff Rice, who created The Night Stalker series. The books are yellow with age, but I love them dearly. I also have a complete paperback collection of the old Dark Shadows paperbacks that tie in with the gothic soap opera of the early 70’s. Who doesn’t love Barnabas Collins?
As for the second part of the question, no I do not finish every book I start. I hate being bored and if a book starts to bore me, I toss it aside. If the print is too small, I toss it aside. There are too many good books to read for me to waste time on bad ones!
Thank you so much Devyn and to everyone who submitted a question.
As promised, one of the people who submitted a question will win their choice of ONE of the following books:
Sins of the Night, Sins of the Flesh, Trio or Eros Island.
That winner is: Amy
Don’t worry if you missed the giveaway or didn’t win because Devyn has kindly offered the same prize to one lucky commenter today!
So leave a comment or question today and be entered to win your choice of ONE of the following books:
Sins of the Night, Sins of the Flesh, Trio or Eros Island.
I will announce the winner tomorrow so be sure to check back!
You can learn more about Devyn and her books at her site: http://www.devynquinn.com/