Interview – Behind the Scenes With Jewel Quinlan

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1. Why do you write in this genre? What drew you to it?

Writing contemporary was kind of an accident, I actually favor Paranormal and Fantasy. But, I had found a contest online where the challenge was to write story based on a song that inspired me and I chose the song Patience by Guns N Roses. So I ended up writing a story about a rock star, of course. That one was titled Rock Star Ex and has been one of my better sellers. I’m working on a sequel to it right now.

2. How many times did you submit a manuscript to a publisher before being accepted for the first time?

I was rejected a couple of times before my manuscript was accepted. After each one I went back over the story and did what I could to make it better. It’s amazing how many things you will find to improve if you come at it again with fresh eyes. Thankfully it was only a matter of months, not years, before I received my first acceptance email.

3. Do you have any rituals or routines for when you sit down to write? (drink tea, certain time of day, cat in your lap, spin around three times before writing, etc.) We would love to know.

I like to make a relaxing cup of herbal tea and then the next thing I do after that is log in on my timesheet. I have a sheet where I keep track of my time and what I did with it every time I sit down. It has helped greatly to increase my efficiency.

4. When was the moment you finally started admitting to other people that you were an author and actually feeling the truth of that statement?

When I received my first acceptance letter is when it finally became real. Before then it was kind of like a dirty secret. I was working on a couple of books for months but didn’t tell anyone until after that point. I have found in my life that there are some dreams you have to protect and nurture in the beginning or people will shoot them down. It was like that with writing for me.

5. What’s your favorite guilty-pleasure beverage at the coffee shop?

A hazelnut flavored mocha with extra whipped cream on top. So yummy!
6. If you could speak with any author dead or alive who would it be and what is one question you would ask them?

I would love to sit down and talk with Nora Roberts and ask her what the secret is to churning out such a volume of full-length novels the way she does year after year.

7. Do you have any manuscripts at home that you’ve never submitted to a publisher?

No. Only ones that aren’t finished yet. I’m a big believer that any story can be fixed. I say just keep polishing until it shines.