Author Interview: Jasmin Quinn
About the author:
Jasmin Quinn is a writer in her heart and soul, and loves to read and write stories with strong male and female characters. She writes intense and sexy romance with a hint of suspense, a splash of intrigue and a whole lot of Alpha male. She'll read almost any genre of fiction but is drawn mostly to romance.
When Jasmin isn't writing, she's a beta reader and editor for her author-buddies. She also likes to fuss with her website, lunch with her friends, indulge in retail therapy, and play the occasional computer game. She stays in shape by exercising her rights to her opinion.
She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I'm a writer, I'm a romantic and I love reading romance. It's meant to be!
Tell us about how you write.
I write something everyday. Every other month, I am full-out committed to writing a book. On the off-months, I plan my next books, my series, write chapters, and novellas. When I'm not writing, I'm editing my books.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
I talk to my characters all the time. And listen to them. I become personally involved in their lives and sometimes it's hard for me to let go of them once I've published their story. My characters tell me what they would and would not say or do. They tell me how they would say or do it. And sometimes, when I'm doing ordinary life stuff they get over-involved and screw with my head.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Stick with the formula but not so closely that you lose your writer's voice. Be bold with your characters, make their lives hell, and make sure they're imperfect. Then once you've written your story, edit it. When you think it's edited, edit it some more. Then when you think it's perfect, send it off to an editor and when you get it back from your editor, lock your ego in a box and listen to what your editor has to say. Edit it two or three times more before you publish it. Read other romance novels similar to yours, especially those that are successful. Read constantly about how to write no matter how proficient you are. It will keep you from developing bad habits and remind you of the good ones. Read your reviews. Trust the good ones, consider the medium ones and ignore the bad ones.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I love to write. I believe in myself as a writer and this has given me the opportunity to share my stories with readers. I have several writer friends who have provided support and guidance based on their experiences.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love that authors don't have to rely on the elitism of traditional publishers anymore to get their craft out in front of readers. And I love that readers get to choose what interests them instead of being directed to books by big publishing companies. I've read a lot of indie authors who put traditionally published authors to shame. We get to forge our own path and rely on ourselves for our successes and failures. I can't wait to see what's next.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Suspense, Contemporary, Erotica
My books are available in the following formats: