Exquisite Quills welcomes Jane Leopold Quinn!
EQ: What was your defining moment as a writer?
Jane: The moment I picked up the pen and put it to paper. I came to writing late in life, but now I'm here. At first, words poured out like they'd been held hostage in my brain and landed directly onto the pages of my notebook. I couldn't write them fast enough -- on the bus going to and from work, I started going downtown earlier in the morning to a coffee house to write, then I continued evenings, weekends, and lunchtimes. As soon as I began writing, I knew it was what I was meant to do in my life. I'd worked as a secretary most of my adult life, always assisting other people in their businesses. Now I had my own work, and it was the best, most fulfilling feeling in the world. I highly recommend it.
EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.
Jane: Sometimes it's just a sudden thought, a segment on a TV show, a commercial… A written, but unpublished, novel was born when I heard Andrea Bocelli sing a duet in a Spanish Flamenco style. My heroine sprang forth as a young Anglo woman visiting her friend's hacienda in Mexico. She falls in love with the Flamenco, then with an American cowboy selling horses to her friend's father. That story has been with me ever since I started writing. Some day I'll edit it enough to have it published. So, for me, just a song, the melancholy, Arabic tones of the guitar, roiled my creative juices. I really need to get back to that manuscript!
EQ: What is the biggest risk you've taken in your writing?
Jane: Just writing is a huge risk. It's been said that writing is like walking down the street naked. We show so much of ourselves in our stories even if we think we don't. Every character, male and female, is a reflection of our own psyches. I don't mean we only write ourselves, but on some level, some part of the writer is in each character -- possibly even the evil ones. But my very first risk was to write in the erotic romance genre. Highly sensual love scenes came so easily to my writing that I shocked myself. Once, though, I accepted that style, I embraced it, and it's so much a part of my stories now.
I have a release coming in 2014 at Ellora's Cave. Lost and Found is a small town contemporary romance. I even created a town and drew a map of it in my pitiful artistic way. I'm a better writer than an artist. Here's the blurb:
On leave after eight years of deployments to the Middle East, Marc Rahn returns to his
Phoebe Barnes is a young, beautiful, jazz singer whose goal in life is to make it in the big time. She was abandoned as an infant, spent several years in foster homes, and was finally adopted by a loving couple. Those years in foster care kept her hungry for attention and fame that the singing and dancing lessons from her new parents couldn't completely cure.
Marc's on a mission to find out the truth about his folks' deaths before his leave is over. Phoebe has no intention of giving up her desire for fame in New York or Los Angeles. Will they be able to fight their attraction for each other?
Other titles by Jane Leopold Quinn:
Home to Stay
A Promise at Dawn
Hot Under the Collar
I'll Be Your Last
His Hers & His
Soldier, Come Home
Lost and Found - coming 2014
Jane Leopold Quinn
My Romance: Love With a Scorching Sensuality