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I am very happy to welcome Barbara Quinn to my blog today. She has kindly agreed to be interviewed and answered my questions – keep reading to find out more about her inspiration, her writing process and ‘The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me’ as part of this, the book birthday blitz! Happy Birthday!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I’ve been a fan of Bruce Springsteen since his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, which came out in 1973. What great music and incredible lyrics! Blinded by the Light, Growin’ Up, Spirit in the Night are only a few of the many memorable songs. The stories resonated with me as much as the music. And over the years each new album of his drew me in and spoke to me, helping me through difficult times and giving me hope. With all those stories swirling in my head, the book took shape. Each chapter is titled with a Springsteen song, and that song weaves into the story. Plus, I moved to Bradley Beach and can walk to Asbury Park. This is Springsteen country and I reveled in trodding the same paths and haunts of The Boss.
What is your writing process?
I write the part I know. That means I may write the beginning. And then a scene will come to me and I will write it. So it may not be sequential. I often think I know the beginning and the end, but the book shifts and the characters tell me where to go. I have to trust that the story will knead itself into the right consistency.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I use a computer. But after a time I take out a pad and write down a few lines about each chapter that I’ve written so I can see the progression and where things might fit better in the timeline and arc of the story.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Celeste, from The Speed of Dark, is my favorite character. She’s able to change the weather. What a great power! She’s flawed and noble and she’s a beautiful soul. And she’s a verifiable angel.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’d have to say Sofia from the Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me. I love Springsteen and so does she. She makes mistakes, but manages to redeem herself and I’d like to believe that I can do that too.
How and why did you choose the names for your characters?
I have a soft spot for The Catcher in the Rye and I named the lovable dog in The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me after Holden’s sister Phoebe who represents innocence and honesty. What’s more innocent and honest than a pudgy, smelly dog?
In The Speed of Dark I named one of the main characters Celeste, a name I longed to be called as a child. In the book Celeste fell from the sky. My parents did name their boat Celeste which appeased me a little.
More about ‘The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me’:
Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. So, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing never to look back.
Seeking solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.
In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.
Author Bio –
Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.
Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.
Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.
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Many thanks to Barbara Quinn for answering my questions and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing content for this post and organising the tour it is part of.