Interview: Paula Quinn

Jen: Today we welcome Paula Quinn to Romancing the Book. Paula, will you share a short bio with us?
Paula: I live in the beautiful city of New York with my three amazing offspring, a pack of six very protective little Chihuahuas, three small, very entitled parrots, two rabbits, and an occasional lizard. It’s a full house where love and grace abound.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Paula: A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss is the story of Cailean Grant and his struggle to keep his heart safe from a world that has brought him only loss. When the burden becomes unbearable after an act of revenge, he finds refuge in the care of Temperance Menzie, daughter of a man he’d had killed. Temperance doesn’t know that Cailen is one of the “Black Riders” she has vowed to kill for the murder of her father. She brings light to a dark path paved in anger and cold detachment, dragons this Highland heir must face in the light in order to save his heart so that he can give it away. But will Temperance want any part of it?

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Paula: Panster

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Paula: Romantic, Chaotic (see Panster),  SexyHighlanders. Yes, that’s one word.

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Paula: Julie Garwood

Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Paula: Sebastian Stan as Cailean and Lucy Griffiths as Temperance.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Paula: There were two actually. I received a letter from a wife and mother who was ready to leave her husband. After reading Laird of the Mist, she decided to work on her marriage. She said the book gave her hope and a better understanding that her husband had been through traumatizing circumstances in his past. They rekindled their romance and fell in love all over again. That was and still is by far the BEST letter from a reader I have ever received. The second was a letter I received from the current wife of the Clan Chief of the MacGregors. She wanted to thank me for giving the once proscribed MacGregors a voice. That was the second best!

Jen: What are your top 5 favorite ways to relax?

Paula: You would think that writing was the most relaxing job anyone could ask for. I mean, you’re telling stories! But, it’s mentally draining at times. Your mind is always working, characters are always vying for your attention, their inner turmoil is constantly going through your thoughts, their black moments can get really dark…all of it takes its toll.

Here are my Top 5 things I like to do to distress:

  1. My favorite way to relax is to wake up before the zoo (see my bio) stirs to life and talk to God. For me, there is no better way to start my day.
  2. I love to journal. My second favorite way to relax is to catalog my life though pictures, art, and writing in a beautiful leather journal, and it’s time I treasure with my daughter. We often go to the park or the neighborhood garden, lugging our little shopping cart of art supplies. It’s quiet, introspective and just plain fun.
  3. picnicGo on a picnic with my daughter and our six dogs. We live in Manhattan so we don’t have a backyard. Our park is very woodsy, with lots of wildlife. It’s truly my most favorite place in the world.  We set up, sit and watch our babies play in the grass. very satisfying.
  4. Watch a good movie. My favorite genre is not romance, as you might expect, but sci/fi and adventure. Did you see Guardians of the Galaxy? Perfect example and Chris Pratt is a great way to forget all the things you need to do when the movie is over.
  5. Shop. I mean, c’mon.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Paula: I’m currently working on Patrick MacGregor’s story. He’s Cailean’s cousin who was shot in A Highlander’s Christmas Kiss. He’s a careless rogue who will learn that the power of love is worth any sacrifice. After that, I’ll be writing about Mailie MacGregor (Patrick’s sister), and then on to the much-anticipated tale of Adam MacGregor, son of Rob and Davina from Ravished By A Highlander.

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