Interview with Susan Kaye Quinn author of the Mindjack Trilogy
1 Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a reformed pantser who now is a hyper-plotter. The outline for the book I’m working on now (Free Souls) was 16,000 words.
2 What is the most rewarding thing about being a YA Indie Author?
Having complete control, concept-to-complete, of the process: story, cover, marketing, everything. Having that kind of integrated approach, and the freedom to experiment, makes the writing rewarding and helps me connect with readers.
3 If you could pick one of your characters to be your next door neighbor, who would it be and why?
I would say Kira, but trouble follows her around like a stray dog. So, probably her boyfriend Raf – he’s the perfect guy-next-door.
It came to me as I was dozing off to sleep, thinking up an idea for a 1st paragraph contest. The image of a girl sitting in a classroom filled with mindreaders popped into my head, only the girl couldn’t read minds and was painfully isolated. I was compelled to write her story.
5 Did you do any research on FBI agents, or did you create your own unique take on the agents?
I actually reached out to the FBI (a friend has a son who is an agent), to get verification on some details. I’m still waiting to hear back from them! LOL I pretty much did my own take on what agency would be most likely to tackle a domestic threat, like mindjackers in our midst.
6 If you could invite six authors, dead or alive, to dinner, who would they be and why?
JK Rowling for the pumpkin juice, Suzanne Collins as the doorkeeper, Scott Westerfeld for erudite conversation on all things steampunkery, Holly Black for some good gossip, Beth Revis for some tech talk, and Isaac Asimov, just so I could thank him for influencing so much of my thinking in my formative years.
Thanks so much for participating, Susan
Thanks so much for having me!