Today, we have the AMAZING Caisey Quinn on the blog!
1. What inspired you to write Girl With Guitar?
Basically I’ve always been a huge country music fan. (Even when I was little and used to ride in my daddy’s truck jamming to Hank Sr. My mama called it knee-slappin’ music! Ha!) At a Luke Bryan concert last summer, a friend of a friend made a few comments about opening for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert before they were a big deal and before they were officially an item. He talked about their onstage chemistry and thus my story was born!
2. What books have most influenced your life most?
This is such a long list it’s ridiculous. Here’s the short version: Les Mis (Hugo), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky), and Jennifer Echols’ Going Too Far.(For the long list, keep an eye out for my guest post on My Top 10 Favorite Books of All Time).
3. What author has influenced you the most?
Ack! Just one? I can’t narrow that to just one. I will say this. I am such a Jennifer Echols fangirl. Y’all don’t even know. I met her at a book signing for her first romantic drama, Going Too Far, and I still have the picture of us up in my office. Her stories are sweet, heart wrenching, and A-freaking-ddicting! And she’s a local author. Meeting her back in like 2007 I think it was, it hit me that hey, a chick in Alabama CAN be an author! At that time I thought they all had to live in New York. Who knew? I could add Abbi Glines to this also, but I have to confess I actually hadn’t read anything by her until one of my CPs suggested it after reading a draft of GwG. But yeah, her too! Rock on Alabama Author Chicks!
4. What book are you reading now?
Oohh some good ones! Open on my Kindle right now are my CP’s newest release Love in Darkness and Abbi Glines’ Twisted Perfection. Writing seriously interferes with my reading time but I can’t pass up a great book!
5. When did your desire to write start?
I pretty much started writing as soon as I could. In ninth grade I had a poem published in a teen magazine and I was addicted to it after that.
6. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Not sure how good it is, but here’s my newbie indie author advice: 1.Finish what you start. Even when you don’t want to. Some days it will be rough, but keep at it! 2.Set goals. Word counts, deadlines, etc. You can’t reach them if you don’t have them. 3. Do not try to do this alone. Get some beta readers, make friends with other authors and ask the ones you work well with to be critique partners. Return favors. 😉
7. What can readers look forward to in the future?
The second installment of the Kylie Ryans series, Girl on Tour, is scheduled for release late summer/early fall of this year. I also have a novel called Keep Me Still that I plan to release this year as well. (late Oct. early Nov.) It’s a stand-alone at this time but if readers ask for it, I may release the prequel novella titled Let You Go and the companion, Defending the Score/Getting His Due (between titles at the moment). 😉 Currently I’m working on a series of books called The Second Chance novels that I hope to submit to Entangled Publishing by the end of June. Working titles are Last Second Chance, Tempted By Fate, and Betting on Chance. If they pass, I’ll be self-pubbing those as well—probably early 2014.
8. Who or what inspires you?
Everything! It seriously takes a major effort not to grab a pen and jot writing ideas down every second of the day. Music plays a huge role in my writing but I’ve also found inspiration in movies, people I meet, and random observations everywhere I go.
9. If you could be a superhero, what supernatural power would you choose?
The power to heal. I am always fascinated by those characters that put their hands on people and heal them. (Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid!). I’ve lost a lost of loved ones to illnesses and injuries that involved long-term suffering so this is a power I’d love to have. That or mind-reading. 😉
10. What is your favorite movie?
Right now it’s a tie between Pitch Perfect and The Breakfast Club. Can.Not.Stop.Watching.
11. What kind of music do you like?
I am what my brother calls an uneducated listener. I like whatever feels good to my ears. And my soul! My brother is “An Actual Musician.” As in, he’s In A Band and studied music at an institution of higher learning. I’m a country girl at heart but I listen to lots of different types of music and also enjoy Adam Lambert, The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Christina Perri, Rihanna, Third Day, Tenth Avenue North, Red, Flyleaf, Fireflight, and a few others, including some most people have never even heard of. But I blame that on my brother. 😉
12. What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS ALONE. I know I said that in my advice to writers, but it’s huge when it comes to publishing. Writing you can do alone. Yes. But when you get to the publishing part, whether going the traditional or indie route, you will need people to help you. Seek those people out. You’ll be glad you did. And also, the market is always changing, so even if you get a million rejections from agents, that doesn’t mean your book won’t do well. Can’t hurt to try!
13. Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
Thank you so much for your support! People don’t realize how much a kind word, review, email, Tweet, FB message, etc. can mean to an author. Even if you don’t purchase or read my book(s), just dropping me a line to say “cool cover” or something of that nature makes my day/week/month/year/life!!! Big hugs to all of you!
Thanks so much Caisey for joining us today! I can’t WAIT to post my review on May 30th!
Thanks for having me!!
CAISEY QUINN’s TOP 10
Several readers have asked me “what authors have inspired you and/or influenced your writing?” The response to that question is so long, I could write an entire book about that alone. So for the sake of giving a clear-cut, concise answer instead, I made a list. (I used to be a high school English teacher in my former life. I make A LOT of lists). So here are the 10 books that have meant something to me and have probably influenced me more than I even realize. They’re in alphabetical order, not order of significance as they are all equally important to me!
1.Going too Far ~ Jennifer Echols
It’s funny that this one is first alphabetically because I am such a Jennifer Echols fangirl. Y’all don’t even know. I met her at a book signing for her first romantic drama, Going Too Far, and I still have the picture of us up in my office. Her stories are sweet, heart wrenching, and A-freaking-ddicting! And she’s a local author. Meeting her back in like 2007 I think it was, it hit me that hey, a chick in Alabama CAN be an author! At that time I thought they all had to live in New York. Who knew? I could add Abbi Glines to this also, but I have to confess I actually hadn’t read anything by her until one of my CPs suggested it after reading a draft of GwG. But yeah, her too! Rock on Alabama Author Chicks!
2. Her Forbidden Hero ~ Laura Kaye Oh, how I love LK. Her style of writing is one I could drink in forever. The angsty anticipation in this book had me squirming as I read. Her ability to turn high emotional situations on a dime is one I try to emulate but probably don’t do as well. 😉
3. Jane Eyre ~ Emily Bronte
This book was the first one I ever read where a female character turned down a love interest and set off alone to struggle her ass off. It stuck with me to say the least.
4. Leave Me Breathless ~ Cherrie Lynn
Oh, this book. Hang on, I have to go grab something to fan myself with. Whew, okay, I’m back now. Boy did she title this one correctly. I was new to reading adult romance and erotica and such and hadn’t yet learned not to whip out my Kindle and read in public. People in Panera Bread probably thought I was having a stroke. But the hotness, and there’s A LOT of hotness in this one, is well balanced with the loving relationship the characters form. And they need each other on so many levels. I can only hope to achieve that type of balance in my books.
5. Les Miserables ~ Victor Hugo
My students used to groan every time I mentioned this book. But you haven’t heard my spiel so here goes. This is the kind of book that changes you. The kind of book that alters the makeup of your soul. It’s a little thicker when you finish because you left a piece of yourself inside of it.
Saviors don’t always come in perfect form, and you don’t always recognize them when they do. My dad was a man that gave EVERYTHING to people who showed little appreciation in return. Myself included. When he died, I experienced a type of grief I didn’t even know existed. Permanent. Crippling. This book evoked a similar type of pain and loss and raked me raw as Jean Valjean reminded me of my dad in so many ways. Just knowing a book could do this made me want to write. And it intimidated the hell out of me and I almost never wrote again.
6. Rescue Me ~ Rachel Gibson
This was the first book of hers I’d ever read. It was the type of good that as soon as I finished the last page, I opened it back up and started again. It’s a perfect example of two flawed beings finding perfection in the other. It also made me want to buy a horse ranch. So now you all know why I’m really writing, saving my pennies until that day comes. 😉
7. Someone Else’s Fairytale ~ E.M. Tippetts
Mark it, I’m a Jason Vanderholt fangirl and proud of it. If there is one author I am glad to have found via a book review blog I used to have, it’s Emily Tippetts. SEF was so good, I Tweeted her as soon as I heard there was a second one and volunteered to beta read. Mostly because I couldn’t wait for it. That turned into a CP relationship and a long distance friendship that I cherish. When I say she influences me, I mean she scrapped my original ending of GwG and fixed my hot mess of a first draft in too many ways to count. Woman is a fount of knowledge and is generous with what she has learned. I always feel like I got lucky and sat by the smartest kid in class so I could cheat off of her. Without her, there’d be no Girl with Guitar and Caisey Quinn would never have been heard of.
8. The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green
In my upcoming novel, Keep Me Still, my main character has a serious health condition. Hazel Grace reminded me that death can be dark and ugly and painful, but keeping your sense of humor and allowing yourself to love and be loved will keep you sane in the face of it.
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ~ Michelle Hodkin
Some of y’all saw this one and went Whaaa?? But here’s what I learned from Mara. Your heroine can be foul mouthed and batshit crazy, like downright certifiable, literally, and SOMEONE will still love her. Will still be there to fight for her and pick her up when she falls. That’s what I want for my characters, someone who loves them at their absolute and utter darkest, lowest, most despicable versions of themselves.
10. Try Me ~ Diane Alberts
This was the first eBook I ever bought. And I didn’t even have a Kindle yet. I downloaded the app on my iPhone and read it in bed while my husband snored beside me. My brother-in-law was a Marine that was about to return from deployment and I might’ve had some inappropriate thoughts about him after reading this. 😉 Shh. But it actually inspired an adult romance I’ve written and may or may not ever release. Diane is a CP of mine and I’ll have to run it by her first!
There are also authors that deserve honorable mention for books that turned me into a mushy puddle of fangirl. They are, in no particular order, A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, Save Haven ~ Nicholas Sparks, Protecting What’s His ~ Tessa Bailey, One Week Girlfriend & Second Chance Boyfriend ~ Monica Murphy, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden ~Jessica Sorenson.
Shameless Self-Promotion: My debut novel, Girl with Guitar, is available now! I am currently working on Girl on Tour, the second book in the Kylie Ryans series. I don’t have an official release date yet, but will post on my site www.caiseyquinnwrites.com as soon as I do! Keep an eye out!
Caisey Quinn lives in a suburb outside of Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She wears cowgirl boots most of the time, even to church. Girl with Guitar is her first novel. She is currently working on the second book in the Kylie Ryans series, Girl on Tour. She can be found online at http://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.
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